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In the past years, the problem with drug and alcohol addiction has only been evident among men. But lately, more and more women and getting into it and many of them are housewives. This is very not typical as when it comes to alcohol addiction, we can expect teenagers to be the ones to get addicted to it. But in some places, like in Auckland, one of their detox centers has seen a rise in the amount if stay-at-home housewives that are seeking help for alcohol addiction.

With this kind of problem, it affects the entire family especially the children as the mother plays a very crucial role in the family. It is also important to find the root cause of this problem why these women have put themselves into such a dilemma. This also calls for more alcohol addiction treatment centers to be available so they can seek help.

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In recent months, Kumeu-based Zen Detox has treated an increased number of women, including “high-profile professionals” struggling with alcohol abuse issues.

Programme manager Lance Crosby said, in recent months, women have presented with significant drinking problems more than men.

He said alcoholism and addiction issues do not discriminate by background or socio-economic status.

“While we, of course, see a large proportion of men seeking help for drug and alcohol-related issues too, on the ground we are certainly seeing an increase in particularly middle-aged women presenting for treatment and many of them outwardly seem like successful and happy people.

“There is, of course, the co-morbidity factor with most people seeking health also having mental health issues, and many of the people we are seeing have been suicidal prior to treatment or at some stage in their lives.”

The clinic’s founder, Carlie Reynolds, is calling for more understanding around alcoholism and addiction, fearing people are discouraged to undergo treatment while there is a stigma attached to their illness…

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