Prostitution isn't something that many people prefer to think about. It's also not a career that many aspire to. However, that doesn't mean it's not out there. Believe it or not, it happens more than you would imagine. Today, it's moving into the suburbs. It's becoming a way for many to finance drugs or alcohol. Those who have an addiction end up turning to prostitution because they have no other way to pay for drugs. Research shows that as little as 40% to as many as 85% of all prostitutes use drugs. If someone you care about needs help with addiction, call Legacy Freedom for affordable Asheville drug rehab.
It's unclear whether addiction led to the prostitution in these cases or being a prostitute caused individuals to turn to drugs. We all know that drug use causes numbness. For those who are engaging in prostitution, it can shield feelings of disgust and shame.
Because prostitution is moving out of the cities and into the suburbs, it changes the way we view this activity. We often think of a dark alley and women walking down the street in provocative clothing. However, everything we thought about the image of prostitution has been changed by today's society. In fact, often the people you would least expect end up engaging in prostitution in order to pay for more drugs or alcohol when their personal finances cannot continue supporting their addiction.
In other instances, the situation turns from prostitution to trafficking. Human trafficking is the act of forcing a person to perform sexual acts without their consent. Often, humans are sold to organizations who force them to become a prostitute. In this case, heroin and methamphetamines are commonly used in order to force prostitutes to do what the traffickers want them to do.
Unfortunately, because of the drugs, fear, and pain of withdrawals prostitutes and those being trafficked will continue doing drugs and performing acts that they wouldn't do, otherwise. After a while, it becomes hard to remember life before. They become familiar with their handlers and traffickers and end up embracing their lifestyle. However, because these acts are illegal, it's hard for prostitutes to get help. They know that if they go to the police they may be held accountable for their illegal actions.
Prostitutes frequently suffer from depression, PTSD and anxiety. The mental health problems that come from these acts can be devastating.
One study done by the National Institute of Health showed that 200 prostitutes were raised in families that had high levels of alcohol and drug abuse. Over half of them used drugs before they were prostitutes. This study suggests that while we do not have a clear understanding of which comes first, addiction might be the beginning issue, leading to prostitution later on. In instances of human trafficking, however it is the opposite. Many study show that addiction begins after abduction.
Prostitution itself is not considered a mental health problem. However, it does cause them eventually. There are psychological and emotional damages that come from these acts, especially if they are continued for long periods of time. It's obvious that prostitution and addiction are linked together. Because of this, treatment is available. It might seem you are only focusing on addiction, but getting help for substance abuse will in turn help you refrain from prostitution. If you can detox and recover from addiction, there will be no need for you to continue a life of prostitution. You will learn to live life, value your life and be yourself, the person you are without drugs, alcohol or prostitution. We hope this information helps you find the courage to get help.
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Prostitution and human trafficking is happening all over the US. It's much more common than we realize. However, there is help. If you or someone you know is dealing with the situation please know help is available. Holistic treatment for addiction is available for anyone who's willing to accept it. Legacy Freedom of Asheville NC isn’t like any other type of addiction treatment most experience.
We offer the following to those struggling with drug or alcohol use so that they can learn what life without drugs and alcohol will be like:
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- individual counseling focused on the individual’s needs
- life skills
- parental support and assistance
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