WOMEN IN RELAPSE: A Controversial look at Relapse Prevention

As I start the process of recovery, I find myself in a “Man’s” world. I ask myself, “Did I get to this point the same way the men did?” The stigma behind men’s drinking is that it is more tolerable in today’s society than if a woman were to have a problem. In 1935 when AA was first founded it was known to be a club for men who were either overwhelmed by jobs, finances, or family had a place to go where they could admit their powerlessness over their addiction to alcohol. But have you ever heard of the first woman who walked into an AA meeting? I haven’t. Do you think she was accepted? Let’s explore this insight and I will share my thoughts for my personal relapse prevention.As we know there are many double standards in in today’s society. Not that men and women aren’t compared enough, now it seems that even in recovery men have “the edge.” Well not in my world, in my world, things they are a changin’!! By knowing these negative stigmas placed on me I can find the positive in them. Such as women lack support, or the overall physiology of a man compared to a woman, these are negative statistics put out there saying WOMEN WILL FAIL. As I read these I think “Wow, how can I turn these around?” I cannot control my metabolism in which alcohol will stay in my system longer than a man’s. But I can control how much knowledge I obtain to understand that my alcohol intake may be less than my male counter part but due to the difference in our body make up it will stay in my system longer.Women tend to need more initial recovery time to avoid relapse. In my case that’s true because I have hidden my feelings and emotions for so long it will take time for me to identify them again. For many women they lack a strong support system. I often ignored the people I knew would stand by me because I thought, “Why do they want to be there for me?” “I’m not even here for me?” “Do they know something I don’t know?” I would ask myself. But now I have come to the realization that I am a good person and they love me so maybe I should find out why I don’t like me. As I explore this aspect of my recovery I now realize that I have a strong support system therefore, I am now also part of my own relapse prevention by accepting the love and trust of myself and them.It was not until I started typing this on the computer did I know where this would take me. I hope this will give you an honest look at what a woman faces in early recovery and relapse prevention.

WOMEN IN RELAPSE: A Controversial look at Relapse Prevention

karla kiecolt-blasdell

Gresham, United States

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