- This first book by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse draws on more than ten years of research to illustrate how girls and women can become addicted to drugs and alcohol at faster rates than boys and men. Chapters on topics like smoking, alcohol, and prescription and illicit drugs contain eye-opening information on their negative effects on women's physical and mental health and on the history of these products and how advertising glamorizes them. The final two chapters offer practical suggestions for preventing substance abuse... This is an excellent starting point for patrons researching the topic, as it examines substance abuse in women of all ages. Recommended for academic, health sciences, and public libraries.
--Library Journal, Library Journal Reviews
"This book should be in every health professional's office in America. It will help doctors, nurses, dentists, psychologists and substance abuse treatment providers better serve women with substance abuse problems."
--Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., Former Secretary, Health and Human Services
"This book reveals the unique characteristics of girls and women with drugs and alcohol problems. It will greatly enhance the ability of doctors and counselors to help women of all ages and walks of life."
"Women under the Influence belongs in the personal library of every parent with a daughter, everyone with a sister, mother or grandmother and every husband. With this book, women will better understand the substance abuse risks they face at each stage of life."
"You know you have a problem long before you seek a solution to it. You think you can master it yourself, you think you can stave it off with either abstinence or strong will or, quite frankly, pacts with God... I was incredibly secretive, very proud, very much in denial... I didn't really understand what it was going to take to beat my addiction... I kept thinking I could strong arm it, abstain for a period of time."
--Jamie Lee Curtis, actress and recovering substance abuser
"I did the patch. I smoked on the patch. I did hypnosis. I tried everything until that morning it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. And I said, 'Here's the deal: You're alive so you can make decisions. You can decide to smoke and continue to feel this way, or you could not.'"
--S. Epatha Merkerson, actress and former smoker
"Alcoholism is a slow, insidious, difficult, and progressive problem... I'm really happy that my family and friends intervened because I was personally miserable during the time that I was drinking."
--Former Governor Ann Richards, recovering alcoholic