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Substance abuse on the rise amongst women

 

 

Number of females seeking de-addiction and rehabilitation see an increase

By-Shubhangi Shukla

Bangalore,Oct, 20: National Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences from 2010-2014 received approximately 75 female patients demanding rehabilitation and de-addiction.  The number of cases in have increased in 2015 an 2016.


Types of substance being used
A research by Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute shows that, " females using tobacco products have increased by 3% in 2014 as compared to previous years." Dr Vivek Benegal, NIMHANS said the female patients require rehabilitation for use of substances as alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and tobacco.
A study on Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders done by CG Health in 2013 states, “ Most people(substance abuse victims) start with tobacco, progress to alcohol and then go on to more novel substances like cannabis, opium, barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine and hallucinogens.”


Use of different types of substances by females of varied age groups
A research by Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute states that, “Females in Bangalore using tobacco products (substance) have increased by 3% in 2014 as compared to previous years.”
Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in one more study states that, "substance addiction amongst female students in the city is increasing." As per the study 280 students from the age groups 13-16 years in Bangalore were into the habit of tobacco (substance) consumption.


Dealing with such cases
Dr. Vivek Benegal, Additional Professor of Psychiatry, De- addiction Center, NIMHANS, Bangalore said “Substance addiction is a behavioral disorder. Patients often lose control over the intake of substance. We deal with patients’ vulnerability and treat them. Most cases tend to relapse; we take preventive measures to ensure this doesn’t happen.”
“Women tend to smoke more and chew more tobacco as compared to female adolescents. Another major issue in female cases is the stigma attached to the habit of substance consuption and accessing treatment for the same.Doctors make sure that the parents and kin of the patients understand the disease and help them increase their will power and potential.” He added.

 

 

 

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