Women's Addiction Treatment Centers Aiea HI

Many of the older women (older for an addict is pretty much anyone over 30....drug addiction is a really hard lifestyle and addicts don't live to be 'old'. You don't see many 65 year old heroin addicts!) came from abusive relationships.

New Horizons Counseling Program
(808) 484-1000
98-211 Poli Momi Street
Aiea, HI

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YMCA Outreach Services
(808) 848-2494
98-1276 Ulune Street
Aiea, HI

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Leighnor, Harvey
(808) 779-5667
98-211 Pali Momi St Suite 635
Aiea, HI

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Hina Mauka/Teen Care
(808) 453-6035
2100 Hookiekie Street
Pearl City, HI

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Naval Health Clinic
(808) 471-8956
480 Central Avenue
Pearl Harbor, HI

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Maiava Alaimalo, Mavis
(808) 486-4900
98-084 Kamehameha Hwy. Ste #301B
Aiea, HI

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John Martin, Terry
(808) 271-5112
98-211 Pali Momi Street Suite 635
Aiea, HI

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YMCA of Honolulu
(808) 848-2494
99-600 Kulawea Street
Aiea, HI

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Alcoholic Rehab Services of Hawaii Inc
(808) 421-4200x286
4361 Salt Lake Boulevard
Honolulu, HI

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Kline-Welsh Behavioral Health Fdn
(808) 841-2319
12-40 Sand Island Parkway
Honolulu, HI

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Female Addicts

Yves St.OuiRain

Friday, September 14, 2007 While working with female addicts and alcoholics in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, I was able to learn, first hand, many womens accounts of their nightmare into drug addiction. What I learned definitely an oxymoron, for while the reasons are most complex, they are also most simple. I found out that many stereotypes were way off mark and I learned a whole lot from these women. For one thing, they were by no means stupid, far from it! They came from a lifestyle that took a whole lot of thinking and arranging to 'score'. It gave them a unique power to call upon when getting clean, using this power to help themselves instead of using it to score dope. I also learned that at least half the women came from families with money and had no trouble paying for their habit. Sure, many were struggling, just like those of us in 'acceptable society', but there didn't seem to be a huge disparagement of 'poor folks' on drugs. It is an equal opportunity disaster, hitting the wealthy, the poor and all those in between.

I would safely say that half of the women were 'dual diagnosis', meaning that they had an underlying concomitant mental health issue, as well as drug addiction. Many were clinically depressed, or had terrible anxiety, which was why drugs of abuse appealed to them in the first place. They were getting treatment for these mental health issues as a part of getting rehabilitation.

Most of the younger women, I would say aged 18-22 got into drugs to be with a particular guy. I was pretty shocked by this, but it was really common. They said their boyfriends turned them onto it.

Many of the older women (older for an addict is pretty much anyone over 30....drug addiction is a really hard lifestyle and addicts don't live to be 'old'. You don't see many 65 year old heroin addicts!) came from abusive relationships. Abused at home, then by men in their lives.

A few of the women were totally neglec...

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