Women's Addiction Treatment Centers Manhattan KS

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.

Greg Potter PhD
(785) 537-0076
714 Poyntz Street
Manhattan, KS

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Pawnee Mental Health Services
(785) 587-4300
2001 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS

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Sallman, Cyndi McNeil
(785) 539-5455 x378
1019 Poyntz Avenue Suite C
Manhattan, KS

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Central Kansas Foundation
(785) 762-3700
235 West 7th Street
Junction City, KS

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Henderson/Simmons Counseling Services
(620) 341-9133
517 Merchant Street
Emporia, KS

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Greg Potter, NCC, CCMHC
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Manhattan, KS

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Edelman Associates
(785) 537-2244
404 Humboldt Street
Manhattan, KS

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Pawnee Mental Health Services
(785) 762-5250
814 Caroline Avenue
Junction City, KS

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Restoration Center Inc
(785) 762-4470
1033 South Washington Street
Junction City, KS

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Stop Program
(316) 686-7884
8911 East Orme Street
Wichita, KS

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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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