When Mothers Struggle with Substance Use Disorder

Mothers are strong. They’re who kiss our scrapes and bruises when we’re little. They pick up after everyone’s mess, make sure their family is fed, and love unconditionally. But, while mothers are certainly the superheroes of the world, they aren’t perfect. And, struggle with mental health issues, just as others do. So, mothers can develop a substance use disorder.

If you’re a mother who is struggling with an issue with using drugs or alcohol, there is help available for you. And, information to help guide you in taking the steps needed to leave addiction in the past. This way, you can gain healing so you can get back to taking care of your family.

Why Mothers May Struggle with Substance Use Disorder

Mothers may struggle with addiction for a number of reasons. Certainly, the cause of addiction isn’t the same for every individual. However, identifying the cause of addiction is one of the ways to confront it during treatment. So, it’s important for mothers who struggle with substance use to better understand why they may be themselves. Some reasons mothers may develop problems with abusing addictive substances can include:

  • Dealing with elevated levels of stress and/or anxiety
  • Romantic relationship issues; separation, divorce, breakups, or unhappiness in a marriage.
  • Feeling like they have to do everything and the weight that brings.
  • Being a perfectionist.
  • Feeling as if one has no purpose in life.
  • Underlying psychological issues like depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc.
  • Experiencing trauma in the past.

Reasons Why Mothers May Not Get Help for Addiction

Even if a mother knows they have an issue with addiction or substance use, they may still not get help. This could be for a number of reasons. Some scenarios that may keep mothers from getting addiction help can include:

Also Read: 4 Common Causes of Substance Use Disorder in Women

Using Drugs or Alcohol to Cope: This happens when drinking or using drugs is kept a secret from the rest of the family. In this situation, the mother may feel that her use is justified since no one knows. And, fears that others finding out may make her look like a bad mother. Or, she may feel that she doesn’t need help at all. And, that she is only using to “cope” with the stresses of everyday life.

The Cost of Help: In many situations, mothers feel they won’t be able to afford help. Treatment can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Many mothers fear they won’t be able to afford this. But, without treatment, the cost of addiction can end up being even higher.

Being Away from Family: Often, mothers struggling with a substance use disorder don’t want to go to treatment because of their children. They feel that they can’t leave their kids because they need their mother. But, living with an active addiction can be even riskier for kids with an addictive mother, as it can take her life.

Negative Stigma: No mother wants to tell others that they need help with addiction for fear of judgment. The stigma of addiction places blame on the addict. However, addiction is a disease and needs to be treated as such.

Outpatient Treatment for Mothers Struggling With Addiction

Perhaps one of the ways mothers can get help for addiction without having to worry about high costs, being away from their children, and the negative stigma of addiction is outpatient treatment. With this treatment approach, mothers can get the help they need while still living from home. And, being there for their kids. Furthermore, since outpatient treatment doesn’t provide residential living, they’re often much more affordable than inpatient centers. This makes them a great option for mothers looking to find help with substance use issues.

Help for Mothers at Lotus Healing

If you’re a mother struggling with addiction and you think an outpatient approach to treatment may be best, Lotus Healing can help. To learn more about our programs and get started with your journey to recovery, contact us today. 

 

Dr. Dixie Brown is a PhD level Therapist, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist with 15 years of experience working in Mental Health, specifically with trauma, eating disorders, and substance use.

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Lotus Healing helps substance use and mental health providers, foundations, organizations and healthcare companies address urgent healthcare challenges that impact their ability to provide high quality healthcare to vulnerable populations by prioritizing organizational leadership, structure, education and research and commitment to improved organizational wellbeing.

Lotus Healing helps substance use and mental health providers, foundations, organizations and healthcare companies address urgent healthcare challenges that impact their ability to provide high quality healthcare to vulnerable populations by prioritizing organizational leadership, structure, education and research and commitment to improved organizational wellbeing.

Lotus Healing helps substance use and mental health providers, foundations, organizations and healthcare companies address urgent healthcare challenges that impact their ability to provide high quality healthcare to vulnerable populations by prioritizing organizational leadership, structure, education and research and commitment to improved organizational wellbeing.