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In Canada, prescription opioid pain medication use and misuse is a growing concern for women. Rates of prescription opioid pain medication is higher among women than men. There are serious health consequences of misusing prescription pain medication, such as addiction, overdose, and death. Drs. Corace, Willows, and their team at The Royal’s Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program found that more than three quarters of women seeking treatment for opioid use problems struggle with symptoms of moderate to severe depression and anxiety.
What she can do about it?
It is very common for women who struggle with opioid use problems to also struggle with mental health problems. The good news is that there are effective treatments, including other medications and psychological therapies, to help women. Treatments that help women deal with both their mental health and opioid use problems at the same time are the most effective. There are also treatment options for managing pain that do not require prescription opioid pain medication. Women are encouraged to speak with their doctor to find the treatment that is right for them.
33% of women surveyed who report coping with mental illness also report that creative activities help them to experience wellness. Women’s Mental Health Program Evaluation ; Katherine Magner, Ann-Marie O’Brien ( unpublished)
What she can do about it: Early research findings indicate that journaling as an awareness tool may increase confidence, hope, and resilience.
Women coping with symptoms of serious mental illness experience reduced confidence, self-esteem, and hope for recovery. Women’s Mental Health Program Evaluation; Katherine Magner, Ann-Marie O’Brien (unpublished)
What she can do about it: Join a peer support group! Women who attend peer support groups with a focus on planning for recovery and wellness report significantly greater confidence regarding their ability to deal with their mental illness and to advocate for their mental health, and overall improved recovery.