Affluent Women Cared for Children, Had Careers, and Volunteered for the PTA during their active addiction



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New Survey From Caron Treatment Centers Finds More Than 50% Of Women

Sought Treatment For Prescription Drugs And Heroin

WERNERSVILLE, Pa., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Heroin and

prescription drug addiction are on the rise among affluent women,

reveals a new survey from Caron Treatment Centers, a leader and

nationally recognized non-profit provider of alcohol and drug

addiction treatment.

The online survey polled former female patients at Caron and Hanley

Center who were treated for addiction. The survey was conducted to

better understand what motivated the women to seek treatment.

Respondents cited alcohol and prescription drugs as the leading legal

causes for seeking treatment. The majority (70 of female respondents

who abused prescription drugs said they were initially prescribed the

medication legally for an emotional or physical ailment.

More than half (55 of the respondents who entered treatment for an

addiction to illegal drugs were abusing heroin, which experts at Caron

and Hanley confirm is a primary illegal drug of choice for female

patients. Women cited anxiety (65, depression (67%), and a critical

internal voice (69 as significant factors that contributed to their

addiction. Although a majority of the women polled were married with

children, they were most likely to abuse alcohol or drugs when they

were alone.

"Addiction impacts individuals and families from all walks of life,"

said Michelle Maloney, Executive Director of Treatment Services at

Hanley Center, a Caron Treatment Center. "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."

Caron chose to release the survey findings during Women's History

Month to recognize female leaders who paved the way for women to have

access to treatment and continue to educate the public on addiction.

Pioneers like Catherine Caron, Betty Ford and Mary Jane Hanley showed

tremendous courage and conviction to improving the lives of all women

and their families. However, there is still significant education

needed to discredit the myths and stereotypes about addicts and

empower women to seek the help they need.

Additional notable statistics from the survey include:

-- 65% of respondents were between the ages of 36-55 when they entered

treatment.

-- 61% of respondents had a household income of $100,000 or more when

they entered treatment; 52.6% have children

-- 90% of respondents used alcohol and drugs to cope with stress

-- Top three stressors were relationships with their parents, siblings

(63, romantic relationships (60%) and work (49%).

-- 74% said they kept up personal hygiene and appearance, 66% were

social with friends and family, and 61% held a job during their active

addiction; 50% cared for children and 40% volunteered for the PTA.

Leslie, a former patient at Caron who is now nearly two years sober,

recalls her experience as an addicted nurse. "In addition to alcohol

and Xanax, I did something I still find hard to believe - I started

injecting some of the drugs from work, hoping to treat the drinking,

alleviate the stress, and sleep at night. It was as if I was watching

myself do it and I couldn't believe what I was seeing, but I did it

anyway."

Leslie has since regained her nursing licenses, which she had

willingly surrendered before entering treatment. She is taking her

life one day at a time and feels thankful for her treatment at Caron

and for the love and support of her family.

The survey was conducted in January and February 2014 among 102 former

patients within the Caron Treatment Centers continuum. With the help

of individualized treatment and recovery plans for themselves and

their families, Caron Treatment Centers' alumni feel empowered,

self-sufficient, and healthy. If you are seeking help or looking to

learn more about substance abuse, please visit: http://www.caron.org.

About Caron Treatment Centers Together, Caron and Hanley Treatment

Centers comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit

addiction treatment providers in the country, focused on a 12-Step

recovery program with a powerful clinical component. The Caron

Treatment Centers network operates treatment centers in Wernersville,

PA and Dallas, TX. In South Florida, Caron operates lifesaving

addiction treatment services at Hanley Center, Caron Ocean Drive and

Caron Renaissance in Palm Beach County; and Gate Lodge in Vero Beach.

Caron also has regional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Bermuda, New York

City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. For more information on Caron

please visit Caron online or follow us on Twitter @CaronTreatment.

SOURCE Caron Treatment Centers

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/CONTACT: Caron Treatment Centers, Karen Pasternack, 610.743.6576, kpasternack@caron.org

/Web Site: http://www.caron.org

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