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Waismann Method Survey Reveals 65 Percent of Women Seeking Opiate,Dependency Treatment Are Mothers

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2007 - According to The Waismann Method 2006 Opiate Dependency Survey 65 percent of female respondents seeking treatment for opiate dependency have one or more children. Painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and Fentanyl were among the drugs cited. In addition, 35 percent of the mothers who reported a dependency said they suffered from depression, according to Clare Waismann, registered addiction specialist for the Waismann Method.

"The responsibility associated with motherhood is significant, and women often feel the need to be the perfect wife and super mom without taking a step back and admitting they need help," said Waismann. "Often these women start with prescribed pills and find that the medication can help them deal with both the physical and emotional stress. Before they know it, they have become physically dependent on the drugs. The stigma associated with drug addiction can deter these women from speaking up and admitting they need help, which makes it incredibly dangerous."

Additional survey results include:

-- Of mothers who reported suffering a dependency to opiates, more than 76 percent were currently married

-- More than 82 percent reported that their dependencies began with medication prescribed by a doctor

-- Ninety-four percent said the directions for taking the medication were clear and easy to understand

-- More than 35 percent went to multiple doctors for prescriptions, and approximately 18 percent ordered medication over the Internet

-- Most of the respondents, approximately 35 percent, said they had been dependent for three or more years at the time of treatment

"Women should be particularly cautious about the dangers of becoming dependent on prescription painkillers because these drugs are often prescribed for common and chronic ailments such as back pain, menstrual cramps and mig
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