Drug Addiction and Drug Dependence Different for Women


Health and Wellness News

Drug addiction and dependence differ
between sexes due to varying reasons

New York 1/15/2010 08:07 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse issued a report that indicates women are affected much differently than men are when it comes to drugs and dependence on a drug. The report suggests that for certain illicit drugs, a woman may proceed more rapidly to drug dependence than a man.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse research continues in an effort to pinpoint what biological mechanism contributes to this finding. Early research seems to indicate a connection with a woman’s menstrual cycle. In certain phases of her menstrual cycle, a woman requires a higher dosage of the particular drug to experience the same level of intensity than a man.

“It has been suspected that women were affected by drug dependence differently than men and this study helps to identify evidence of this conventional observation”, a professional with Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center stated. “It’s important to take these types of findings into consideration when offering a plan for drug addiction treatment. A cookie cutter approach is not the solution. For an effective treatment an individual’s needs must be diagnosed, including the various bio psych social variables. We couple this individualization with progressive addiction rehabilitation therapies, achieving dramatically higher rates of success for remaining sober after leaving our program.”



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.