How Women Experience Addiction Differently Than Men

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By Lipi Roy

Original Source: forbes.com

March celebrates female achievement: not only is it Women’s History Month but March 8th was International Women’s Day. Today, women worldwide have amassed unprecedented success, becoming billionaires, filmmakers, trauma surgeons and Nobel laureates. Many famous women including Joan Crawford and Lady Gaga were born in March. Despite historic success by the everyday and celebrity woman, as a female physician specializing in addiction, certain disconcerting realities are not lost on me.

In spite – or perhaps because of – colossal fame, both aforementioned superstars battled demons. The Hollywood legend famously struggled with alcohol. The Little Monsters trailblazer candidly self-medicated her pain and anxiety with cocaine, marijuana and other drugs. Women in general experience unique health challenges, many of which remain under- or inappropriately treated. Addiction is no…click here to continue reading

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