Search Resources (English): Women with addictions

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Women and ecstacy use  
http://www.womenfdn.org/Resources/info/pdfs/ecstacy.pdf
Looks at women's use of ecstacy, and its impact on women's health and wellbeing. (See Details)
Published: 2002
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
Women and gambling  
http://www.womenfdn.org/Resources/info/pdfs/gambling.pdf
Defines gambling including attractions and consequences for women, the connection with substance misuse, and recovery. Explores the barriers to seeking help. Addresses possible solutions. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Women and recovery: quitting smoking  
http://www.womenfdn.org/Resources/info/pdfs/smoking.pdf
Lists the things women need and want to know when quitting smoking, including the health effects of smoking on women's bodies. (See Details)
Published: 2002
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
Women, substance use and depression  
http://www.womenfdn.org/Resources/info/pdfs/depression.pdf
Explores the relationship between substance misuse and depression. Looks at barriers that may prevent a woman from seeking help and offers possible solutions. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Advancing the health of girls and women in BC: a provincial women's health strategy  
http://www.bcifv.org/resources/newsletter/2005/summer/advancing.shtml
Looks at the connection between gender-based violence as a feature of women's mental health and addiction. (See Details)
Published: 2005
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
A motherhood issue: discourses on mothering under duress  
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/pubs/pubspr/0662326791/index_e.html
Analyzes the policy discourse as it pertains to women in three situations of mothering under duress (women who use substances, mothers who are subjected to violence and women who experience mental illness). (See Details)
Published: 2002
Gender, health and alcohol use  
http://www.who.int/gender/documents/alcohol_use/alcohol_use_leaflet/en/index.html

Globally, alcohol has nearly the same disease burden as tobacco. Alcohol use and drinking patterns differ significantly between men and women, and the burden of disease attributable to alcohol use is higher in males compared to females. Yet, treatment programmes tend to be focused on men and sometimes overlook the needs of women with alcohol use disorders. This information sheet presents evidence about sex, gender and alcohol use and points out research gaps as well as policy implications.

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Published: September 2005