What happens when a chemically dependent woman, sober for one week, one month, one year, or twenty years, has a relapse? Does the amount of time make it any better or worse? Are circumstances leading to relapse different for men and women? Are the effects of a relapse worse for women than for men? What about significant others? What are their reactions when a woman, who has been sober, drinks or takes other drugs again? Are there metabolic differences between relapsing men and women?
These and so many more questions need to be answered, and I will in no way claim to have all the answers. What I hope to do is explore these questions and other issues, share my findings from actual case histories, and raise new questions, new interest, and research in a subject that is still unfamiliar - female addiction-- from the Introduction
This pamphlet is part of the Hazelden Classics for Continuing Care series.
Part of the Hazelden Classics for Continuing Care series, this pamphlet speaks to the issues and perspectives unique to women who relapse.