Domestic violence, unfaithful spouse push women to addiction

The Times of India

Swati Shinde, TNN, Jul 14, 2010, 11.41pm

PUNE: Domestic violence and extra-marital affairs of spouse are pushing women towards addiction, reveals a study on women addicted to various substances. Also, most of the women addicts are married and graduates or post graduates in the age-group of 36 to 50 years, says the year-long study conducted by the Maharshri Karve Stree shikshan Samstha’s Baya Karve Women’s Study Centre at two de-addiction centres in the city.

Although there is a rise in the number of women addicts, only 67 women came forward to participate in the survey. Among them, around 64 per cent were married, while 40 pc were either graduates or post graduates.

The survey was part of the research journal Vedh’, to be published by the study centre soon.Mrunalini Chitale, director of the study centre, led the survey along with Ashwini Tambe, who was the co-ordinator, and Pallavi Kasande, a counsellor. Chitale said, “In a family, if the man is under addiction, the woman suffers. And when a woman is under addiction, then also she suffers.”

Women addicts are often humiliated in public and snubbed at family functions. This leads to emotional breakdown, pushing them further to substance addiction, the study says.

The rate of relapse was also high in women, Tambe said. “We found that many women were at the de-addiction centre for at least the second time. A definite figure could not be arrived at as the women may have been at a different de-addiction centre earlier. After studying the history of the addicts, we found that there were many who came back even after recovery.”

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