Irving, TX – In the last 10 years, DUIs among women have increased by 30 percent. Indeed, there is a growing epidemic of alcoholism among women, particularly suburban women. These women can hide their alcoholism a lot longer, which allows them to get a lot sicker. And many of these women are mothers so their shame and guilt keeps them in denial.
Pam Newton, M.S., LCDC is a counselor and founder of Pam Newton Counseling & Consulting, where she specializes primarily in addictive or alcoholic women to support them in their recovery. As a solution-focused counselor, Newton’s approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help her clients find solutions to a wide range of life challenges and issues.
“Alcoholism presents differently in women than men. Their reasons for drinking are different," says Newton. “Unfortunately, it’s really difficult for family members to have compassion, so it’s about empowering women and letting them know they’re brave enough to do it.”
Newton possesses over 30 years of experience as a counselor, educator and director of addiction treatment and prevention programs. She spent over 14 years working for the Betty Ford Center and is the founding director of the center’s Five Star Kids Program, launched in 1998.
Today, Newton draws on her many years of experience working with children and families to help her clients build on their strengths to identify and achieve their goals.
“It’s important that they feel that sense of relationship and connection,” says Newton. “I think at this point in my life there’s such a benefit for being my age. I present as more motherly, or grandmotherly. It feels good to have one hour with somebody they feel safe with, bound by confidentially and they don’t feel judged by. They can see who they really are.”