Those who have children know what it's like to be stressed out over life, in general. Endless mounds of laundry, cooking and cleaning, a husband that doesn't help inside the home because he's busy with work and keeping the outside of the house looking decent and more. Being a mom can be stressful on many different levels.
There are different ways to deal with stress but some moms are turning to drugs or alcohol to help them cope with the overwhelming lifestyle they lead. If you have a friend or loved on suffering from substance abuse, call Legacy Freedom and ask about our outpatient alcohol and drug rehab in Asheville NC.
More than 18 million women ages 26 and older reported using prescription medications for unintended uses in 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available. This is almost a million more than in 2007. The drugs include sedatives like Xanax, stimulants like Ritalin, and opioid painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin -- opioids being the biggest problem, according to Stephen Ross, M.D., clinical director of the Langone Medical Center's Center of Excellence on Addiction, at New York University.
Even more, the number of people who were admitted to treatment centers for narcotic-painkiller addiction increased a staggering 400 percent from 1998 to 2008, found a 2010 government study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This situation is getting out of hand. Moms who are self-medicating with substance abuse are putting their families and themselves at risk.
What kinds of drugs are moms taking? Usually, they're legally obtained. They go in for back pain and ask the doctor for pain medication. Then, they use it even when it isn't needed for pain.
Anxiety medications are also being used far more than actually needed. It's easy to walk into a doctor's office today and tell them you're experiencing general anxiety. The doctor will write a prescription for anti-anxiety meds.
Sleeping pills are also a big trend among mothers. They need help sleeping while the baby sleeps or can't wind down from their stressful day and they need an aid to help them fall to sleep and stay there.
Stimulants are also a common drug for mothers. They'll take sleep aids at night and then need something to keep them awake during the day. It's a vicious cycle that leaves them more stressed and overwhelmed.
According to psychcentral.com, "Most moms don’t set out to become drug addicts. Addiction is something that happens in the course of trying to cope with an unmanageable and stressful life. With so many people depending on them, including their employers, spouses and children, moms are often reluctant to take the time they need to get help."
If you're a mother that can't handle the stress and tends to use drugs or alcohol to help wind down, consider the risks. Also contact our substance abuse treatment center for help.
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