Search Resources (English): Women with addictions

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Women's substance use treatment: celebrating and moving forward: conference syllabus
Provides all presentations and related material from the conference. Includes information on best practices and programming for the treatment of women with substance abuse problems.
Published: 2003
Women and substance abuse: gender transparency
Examines differences between women engaged in drug treatment and women who are not engaged in drug treatment.
Published: 1999
Detoxification for women with substance use problems  
http://www.womenfdn.org/Resources/info/pdfs/detox.pdf
Explains what happens during detoxification and how detox services are provided. Underlines the specific needs and issues that effect women in regards to withdrawal management. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Here's to you sister: creating a womens' addiction service: Amethysts's story
Tells the story of Amethyst, a women's addiction treatment centre, using the words of the women involved: clients, staff, board members, and volunteers. Provides the philosophical background to Amethyst's work, and describes in some detail the programs and services which the organization offers.
Disordered eating and substance use  
http://www.womenfdn.org/Resources/info/pdfs/eat.pdf
Offers a definition of disordered eating and discusses the connection with substance use, including several areas of concern. Identifies barriers and suggests possible solutions to these barriers. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Women and substance abuse problems  
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6874/4/S1/S8
Examines the gender differences in the prevalence and physical health impacts of problem substance use. (From Women's Health Surveillance Report: A Multidimensional Look at the Health of Canadian Women) (See Details)
Published: 2004
Addiction by prescription: one woman's triumph and fight for change
Recounts the story of one woman's prescription drug addiction and her efforts to prevent such an involuntary addiction in others.
Published: 2000
Aftercare programming at the Aurora Centre: an evaluation  
http://www.womenfdn.org/Resources/aftercare.html
Presents executive summary of the evaluation results of a pilot project at the Aurora Centre to address the needs of women who had attended treatment at the centre and needed support in the aftercare period. Findings reveal that effective aftercare programs include smoking cessation programming, trauma counselling, vocational programming and parenting programming. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Canadian Indigenous women and substance use
Suggests that the physical consequences of Indigenous women's addictions are not as frequently fatal as males' addictions.
Published: 1995
Benzodiazepines: how they work and how to withdraw  
http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/index.htm
Provides suggestions on how to withdraw after long-term use, and individual tapering schedules for different benzodiazepines. Describes withdrawal symptoms, acute and protracted, and how to cope with them. (See Details)
Published: 2002