Women's Addiction Treatment Centers Yankton SD

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.

Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program
(605) 668-3315
3315 Broadway Avenue
Yankton, SD

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Lewis and Clark Behavioral Hlth Servs
(605) 665-4606
1028 Walnut Street
Yankton, SD

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Holli A Vanderbeek NCC
(605) 342-4789 
Rapid City, SD

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City County Alcohol and Drug Programs
(605) 394-6128
725 North Lacrosse Street
Rapid City, SD

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Schwan, Patty
(605) 226-1304
310 15th Ave. SE
Aberdeen, SD

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South Dakota Human Services Center
(605) 668-3280x3280
3515 Broadway Avenue
Yankton, SD

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Free Spirit Counseling
(605) 742-4174
12871 467th Avenue
Brookings, SD

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Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program
(605) 668-3315
3315 Broadway Avenue
Yankton, SD

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Three Rivers Mental Health and
(605) 845-7903
408 1st Avenue North
Mobridge, SD

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Choices Recovery Services LLC/Mitchell
(605) 996-1647
728 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, SD

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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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