I have had the pleasure of exploring the outside world since I was very young, like 2 weeks old strapped in a boat in Lake Powell young. Whether it was boating, camping, hiking, or backpacking, I always felt at ease when I was exploring the outdoors. I did not know why I was always that “weird kid” who would rather run outside and go on a camping trip than play dress up and have tea parties at school, but that was who I was.
While biology and circumstances affect who is at risk for addiction in both sexes, gender can shape how trauma, loss, and family influence that risk. Women grow up with different cultural mores and process feelings differently, and in some cases appear to be more biologically susceptible to some addictions.
Although there can be many reasons for insomnia, ranging from anxiety to medical disorders, many of us experience difficulty sleeping, and especially in early recovery. An all-too-common solution is to turn to prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids, but this can be tricky and confusing in the beginning stages of getting sober.