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Being a Woman in Recovery with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is thought to be a child’s issue. Adult women who are living with the challenges of ADHD are often criticized for their childlike character, actions, and patterns of behavior. Despite medication management, organization skills, consistent therapy, and other tools for living with ADHD these adult women receive shame forRead More

Anxiety More Likely to Develop in Women

Over fifty-eight million American adults over the age of 18 are living with an anxiety disorder at this exact moment. Anxiety disorders can include anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. Just over eighteen percent of the population spend each day of their lives proactively managingRead More

Women at Higher Risk for Opioid Addiction

Studies have found that women are prescribed more opioids than men. In addition, women are prescribed other addictive drugs more often than men. One statistic cites that at least 50 million American women struggle with chronic pain. Men are not inclined to reach out for help or treatment when they are struggling with pain ofRead More

Recovery Teaches Women to Stop Bullying Each Other

Any girl who has been subjected to bullying from other girls is aware that in a world of sisterhood and solidarity, the unique female experience, there are lines that are drawn. The very same women who preach inclusivity, equality, and “girl power” find ways to power themselves over other women. Women consider themselves to beRead More

Women In Recovery Get To Be Angry

How do we define anger as an emotion? Anger can be defined as “a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility”. For many people, anger is more than that. As women, anger transcends our annoyances, our displeasures, and even our hostilities. Women’s anger is often suppressed, which creates a new anger in itself. Women experienceRead More

Do Women React To Alcohol Differently Than Men?

Alcoholism is a chemical dependency on alcohol in which key structures and functions of the brain are altered. A primary function altered by alcoholism are the pleasure and reward system, which are intimately connected. Alcohol produces a flow of dopamine, a neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are brain messaging chemicals which carry signals throughout different areas of theRead More

Motherhood And Addiction, Part 2

Part 2- Helping Women Heal “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” -Helen Keller My ability to help women heal from the perils of addiction relies on my capacity to understand what women really need in order to get better. As a therapist, I have heardRead More

Motherhood And Addiction, Part 1

Part 1 Notes on Being a Mother “Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for.” Unknown Being a mother is the most rewarding job in the world. It is also the hardest. People often ask me how I manage caring for my three children and aRead More