Experts say that women addicts tend to feel intense shame, even self-abasement whereas
male addicts “typically build up grandiose false selves that must be challenged before they can
discover and cultivate their true selves…” YET in treatment facilities, very often all addicts are seen as “self-focused and practitioners perceive their task as breaking that obsession with self.” (quote from Stephanie Covington, “Helping Women Recover”)
Translation for parents, loved ones and women addicts who want to get well?
Look for gender-specific treatment plans that:
UNDERSTAND the differences in the ways girls develop their identities and self-concepts:
the correlation in women between addiction and: depression, shame, trauma and above all,
the lack of a social support network.
For more, look for Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life