In fact, prescription narcotics and heroin are the drugs of choice amongst affluent women who have sought treatment for addiction, according to a new survey. The numbers showed that 61 percent of women had a household income of $100,000 or more.
The survey, conducted online, included 102 former patients of well respected treatment centers managed by a nationwide non-profit organization. While alcohol and prescription drugs were the leading cause of women seeking treatment, 55 percent were abusing heroin as well. Out of the women surveyed, seventy percent were initially prescribed medications for emotional and physical pain.
The women were most likely to abuse drugs and alcohol while alone, despite being married and having children.
“Female addicts often experience a lot of shame about using alcohol and drugs. They often feel they are the only ones with these problems. But we want them to know they are not alone. There are millions of women in recovery and all women deserve to get the help they need to live a healthy and productive life,” said Executive Director Michelle Maloney.
Philadelphia Business Journal