As National Women’s Health Week 2020 comes to a close, we are left with glaring indicators that the event, and the awareness toward women’s health that it brings, needs to continue throughout the year. The reality is that the unique sex-specific challenges, social stigmas, and disparities in care access that women face as they endeavor to achieve balanced wellness persist well beyond one week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 13 percent of women in America can be classified as being in “fair” or “poor” health. Reasons for this figure vary and include widespread alcohol consumption, obesity, chronic illness, and other conditions, combined with a marked lack of access to insurance.
National Women’s Health Week and Recovery: What’s the Connection?
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that the percentage of women being treated for mental illness is almost 50% higher than the percentage of men. Earlier this week, Recovery Unplugged’s Vicki Quintero shared some of her insights about the importance of properly prioritizing mental health during National Women’s Health Week. Today, our very own Jordan Guthrie is here with her own perspective on the unique health challenges women face, both in the recovery community and in general.
Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that 19.5 million females (or 15.4 percent) ages 18 or older have used illicit drugs in the past year, while the CDC reports that nearly 20 percent of women have engaged in binge drinking within the same timeframe. Heightened focus on the biological, social and systemic causes of these issues is just as important as exploring more effective means of treatment. As we prepare to close the books on National Women’s Health Week 2020, Recovery Unplugged wants women everywhere to know that we’re committed to treating your complex addiction and behavioral health needs all year. Call us today if you or someone you care about needs help.