Women face distinct obstacles when it comes to seeking and/or completing treatment for a substance use disorder. Knowing these obstacles can help raise awareness, reduce the stigma, and hopefully increase solutions.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, please reach out to a PreventEd counselor here, or by calling (314) 962-3456.
This particular list of challenges for women seeking or completing treatment for substance use disorder was collected using the information below.
(2011). Women and Addiction, with a Focus on Veterans [Boston University School of Medicine]. VA Boston. 1
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 51. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4426. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009. 2,4,5
Iliff, B. (2016). Women, Addiction and Recovery: Unique Challenges of Women. Hazelden Betty Ford. 3
Greenfield SF, Back SE, Lawson K, Brady KT. Substance abuse in women. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2010 Jun;33(2):339-55. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2010.01.004. PMID: 20385341; PMCID: PMC3124962. 4
Green, C. A., Ph.D., M.P.H. Gender and Use of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. NIH: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 5