Survey Reveals Women Need Help from Family to Confront Drug Dependence

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Novus Medical Detox Centers, LLC announces some of the findings of their annual patient survey, including how men and women act differently in regard to confronting their drug dependence.

Announcing today the results of their annual survey of patients, Novus Medical Detox Centers, LLC ( related some surprising statistics which address the differences between men and women when it comes to dependence on drugs and the difficulties of coming off of them.

According to Novus Director Steve Hayes, "The first thing we realized from our survey was that the majority of our male patients (58%) had contacted us directly themselves and arrived to handle their drug dependence completely on their own. On the other hand, the majority of women who came to Novus had to be brought by a family member (63%) and most of the time it was that family member, not the patient, who contacted us in the first place."

The survey done on Novus' patients of the past year, revealed some additional differences. The majority of men had held down full-time jobs, with 45% working as professionals, even while they were drug-dependent enough to require a medical detox. The majority of women (75%) did not work outside the home.

"You can easily summon up the picture of the wife and mother who is taking care of the house, too busy to take care of herself, depending on the pain killers or prescription anti-anxiety pills to get her through her day, suffering in silence, never complaining, but never facing the trouble she herself is in, until a family member insists that Mom be taken care of," described Mr. Hayes.

"And unfortunately," continued Mr. Hayes, " it turns out that 44% of the women that went through our facility for medical detox were over the age of 50, which means that in many cases it's Grandma that the family needs to see is taken care of. With the millions of prescriptions written for pain killers every year, it could easily be your Grandmother who is dependent on prescription drugs."

Detoxification programs at Novus Medical Detox, individually designed and medically supervised, enable the individual to safely withdraw from alcohol or drugs and reduce the risk of severe drug withdrawal symptoms and adverse reactions. Medical detoxification under a doctor's care is often necessary for persons on such highly addictive prescription drugs as Oxycontin, Percodan, Vicodin, Methadone, Lortab, Codeine, and many others (see a more complete list here:, since simply discontinuing medication, alcohol or other drugs can be dangerous and create other potentially severe medical problems.

While many medical detox programs take place in a hospital, Novus Medical Detox ( specializes in handling drug dependencies in a private setting that is stress-free, comfortable and safe. The facility, set on 3.3 wooded acres, offers private rooms, TV, DVDs and Internet. Detoxification Programs at Novus provide detox services for people wishing to withdraw from drugs like opiates, heroin, psychotropics, alcohol, or benzodiazepines. Novus uses a Suboxone protocol for people detoxing from pain killers.

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