Women's Addiction Treatment Centers Williston ND

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.

Family Recovery Home
(701) 774-9625
126 West Broadway
Williston, ND

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Basin Alcohol and Drug Services
(701) 774-0122
322 Main Street
Williston, ND

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Whole Person Recovery Center
(701) 224-1261
1138 Summit Boulevard
Bismarck, ND

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Painted Canyon Counseling Services
(701) 290-1596
135 Sims Street
Dickinson, ND

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Drake Counseling
(701) 746-8414
2100 Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND

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Mercy Recovery Center
(701) 774-7409
1301 15th Avenue West
Williston, ND

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Native American Resource Center
(701) 774-0461x117
Main Street Trenton
Trenton, ND

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Saint Alexius Outpt Behavioral Health
(701) 530-7212
311 North 11th Street
Bismarck, ND

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Regional Evaluation and Counseling
(701) 746-4944
1407 24th Avenue South
Grand Forks, ND

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Rose Basaraba LAC Counseling Services
(701) 224-1615
433 East Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND

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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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