The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published a Quick Guide addressing specific needs that women may have when undergoing substance abuse treatment. It also suggested strategies for treatment that take into account women’s experiences and their unique biopsychosocial and cultural needs. For example, women are more likely to assume primary caregiver roles which may heavily influence a woman’s willingness to seek help for substance abuse or to fully engage in the treatment process. The guide highlights that it is important to maintain a gender responsive treatment environment across settings. For example, women with substance use disorders are more likely to remain in treatment settings that include their children and that feel familiar and safe. In addition, in treating women of childbearing age who have a substance use disorder, pregnancy is a significant concern. Past and current violence, victimization, and abuse also greatly affect women who abuse alcohol and drugs. According to SAMHSA, Women generally experience unique life course issues and that along with developmental milestones influence their substance use patterns and their recovery.
Specific Needs of Women in Substance Abuse
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