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What obstacles do women face in getting help for alcoholism?

Paul  Hokemeyer, PhD
Marriage & Family Therapy

Compared to men, women have a harder time asking for and getting the help they need to address their alcohol related issues. This results from the incredible shame and stigma associated with alcohol dependence and alcoholism. Our families and communities still view alcohol problems as a moral failing or a lack of willpower. They have not fully accepted the well-established fact that alcoholism is a brain disease that has a physical basis. In addition, many women are the primary caregivers of children and the sole income earner in a household. These factors make it very difficult for women to take the time they need to focus on taking care of their selves.

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