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While addiction may look similar across the board, from the very beginning there are differences that set men apart from women. When entering recovery, gender specific treatment can help address the issues at hand. One key area that should be examined carefully is common relapse triggers and how these triggers differ by gender.

Overview of Triggers

A trigger is an event or situation that causes an action or additional situation. When talking about recovery from addiction, there are going to be a number of triggers many people may encounter. A recovering addict may have been warned about some of these situations and taught how to best navigate them. Others may need to be avoided altogether.

While specific triggers may vary slightly from person to person, here are some general relapse triggers:


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In the past, I have allowed addiction to run my life. Addiction chose which friends I surrounded myself with, the activities I chose to be a part of and how successful I was. Addiction created conflicts with my friends and family and drove me into multiple depressions. Addiction also skewed my perception and judgment so much; it led to some horrible decisions that I will forever have to live with.

It is easy to say that all of this was merely ‘the addiction’s’ fault, but I am the kind of person that likes to take responsibility for my own actions. In many ways I feel like I am a much different person today than who I was a few years ago. I have chosen to use this struggle in my life as a (cheesy as it sounds) springboard. I am not saying that this decision to get clean was easy or overnight. It was a long process with many setbacks. To this day, I still struggle with sobriety.

However, I have found my silver lining in my addiction. I am now a Senior Psychology student working on my undergraduate thesis. I am researching the comparative effectiveness of substance abuse programs, either mixed gender or all- female groups. It is my personal goal to help other women dealing with addiction. I feel that the best way to improve treatment groups is to ask the members themselves, we know what works and what doesn’t.

If you are a woman that has participated in an alcohol or substance abuse group at one time (inpatient or outpatient) and would like to participate in my short survey, I would greatly appreciate it. Of course it is completely anonymous, no personal information is asked of you.


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