Search Resources (English): Women with addictions

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Women and substance use
Discusses drug and alcohol abuse in women. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Depending on ourselves: proceedings of the National Consultation on Women and Drugs
Presents the proceedings of the 'Depending on Ourselves' conference, a national consultation on women and drugs, held May 13 to 15, 1986. The Conference was held to provide an opportunity for women from across the country, whether in professional or voluntary positions, to meet and update information, exchange resources, share experiences, and identify future program options and strategies for their own commmunities. Section 1 of this report covers the presentations and workshops of Day 1 of the Consultation. It addresses women and drugs as a feminist issue; women and mental health; and recent data, implications, and current questions on alcohol, antidepressants, minor tranquillizers, and tobacco. Workshops considered the problems of substance abuse as they affect women in specific groups, locations and settings across Canada. The second section considers various approaches to women's substance abuse such as: community action, coping through sharing, managing (versus abstaining from) alcohol, building self-esteem, forming and using energy, and using the tool of feminist counselling. Section three deals with strategies for change. It looks at elements of successful prevention and education-oriented projects and calls for non-sexist research, better community support for women's shelters and helping groups, and political action.
Published: 1987
Disordered eating and substance use
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'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
Sharing our strengths: women in recovery. A guide for women's recovery groups
Provides practical guidance for creating a recovery group for women who have been dependant on alcohol, drugs or both. This book describes the challenges a self-help group may face and the support that women can get from being in the group. It provides information on women, addictions and recovery. The information in the Guide is based on the experiences of the women in Women in Active Recovery, a rural self-help group in New Glasgow, NS.
Published: 1994
Aftercare programming at the Aurora Centre: an evaluation
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
Planning for change: women & chemical dependencies
Reports on the Canadian Mental Health Association conference, 'Planning for Change: Women & Chemical Dependencies' held in St. John's on June 11 to 13, 1993. The conference addressed chemical dependency in three specific focus groups: young women, elderly women and Native women. Successive workshops focused on guiding principles in the education and treatment of women, social realities, substance abuse issues specific to each group, services currently available, and ways to make prevention and treatment programs more effective. This report summarizes the collective knowledge, experience and recommendations of the women who participated in the conference. From this conference came the overwhelming sense that substance abuse is a symptom of underlying problems facing women in our society such as low self-esteem; physical, sexual or psychological abuse; poverty; and isolation. It became apparent that improving the quality of women's lives is an effective way to prevent substance abuse and to speed recovery. The report concludes with recommendations to develop culturally sensitive programs for Native women, to provide day care for women in treatment, to treat addictions in holistic ways that address underlying social and psychological problems, to provide social activities that overcome isolation and replace pastimes centred on drugs or alcohol, to teach problem solving skills and stress management.
Published: 1993
Literature search: selected articles on woman and substance use issues 2002
Consists of an annotated bibliography of 2002 articles on women and substance abuse. Articles are divided into categories such as best practices, co-occurring issues, illicit/licit drugs and various sub-groups. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Women and substance abuse problems
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
Women and addictions - program resource kit
Presents the agendas of three teleconference calls organised by the Educational Plannign and Design Associates to discuss various aspects of women's addictions. Explores what is known about women, alcohol, tobacco and other mood altering drugs. Includes handouts on persons with disabilities and addictions, and The Three Rs: recognizing, reaching, and referring women with addictions. Also examines women's personal experiences in dealing with alcohol, tobacco and other mood altering drugs. Identifies prevention and treatment strategies for women, and what women can do to facilitate necessary change.
Published: 1992