Skip to Content

Survey shows top five reasons moms become addicted


Modern moms face more pressures than even before.

Juggling career, family, social obligations and personal needs, most mothers see perfectionism as a requirement for the simple maintenance of daily life. But a recent survey conducted by Caron Treatment Centers - a non-profit provider of drug and alcohol treatment - revealed that some of the normal pressures facing mothers can be contributing causes for addiction.

The survey showed that the top five reasons why moms become addicted are stress or anxiety, romantic relationships, pressure from family or friends, traumatic experiences and a general sense of boredom.

"I kept telling myself that as long as everything looked perfect from the outside, everything would be okay," Colleen Greene, a Caron alumni, mother of two sons, and Chair of Caron's National Alumni Leadership Council, said in a press release. "But it wasn't. I was slowly dying and I'm certain that tragedy would have ensued if I'd continued on that path."

And what happens to women who end up addicted? Over 30 percent of respondents said they were reluctant to seek treatment for an addiction problem because they were worried about leaving their families, and 46 percent of the women surveyed were between 46 and 55 - the age range when most women are rearing teens. Sixty percent of respondents also reported that they drove under the influence every week prior to getting treatment.

"Addiction does not discriminate; however, there are unique issues women face in addiction, treatment and recovery," said Dr. Harris Stratyner, a Vice President at Caron Treatment Centers.

Cheryl Knepper, a Vice President at Caron Treatment Centers notes that women often say they knew they had a problem long before they sought treatment.

"Our survey reveals that many mothers carry a lot of shame, guilt and denial, which prevents or delays them from seeking help," Knepper said. "They are naturally concerned about leaving their children. However, those who do get help, along with their families, find their ability to parent greatly improves."

Source: PR Newswire