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Trauma-informed approaches in addictions treatment   
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/publications-resources/documents/GenderingNatFrameworkTraumaInformed.pdf

Provides discussion guide on addressing coexisting trauma, mental health and substance use problems experienced by girls and women through trauma-informed and trauma-specific approaches. Developed from the work of the Community of Practice (vCoP) that served as a mechanism for “gendering” the National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and other Drugs and Substances in Canada.

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Published: 2009
Women-centred harm reduction  
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/publications-resources/documents/GenderingNatFrameworkWomencentredHarmReduction.pdf

Provides discussion guide to stimulate conversation on gendered approaches to harm reduction. Developed from the work of the Community of Practice (vCoP) that served as a mechanism for “gendering” the National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and other Drugs and Substances in Canada.

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Published: 2010
Mothering and substance use: approaches to prevention, harm reduction and treatment  
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/publications-resources/documents/GenderingNatFrameworkMotheringandSubstanceUse.pdf

Provides discussion guide to stimulate further conversation on addressing the needs of pregnant women and mothers in substance use prevention, harm reduction, treatment, service system planning, and policy making. Developed from the work of the Community of Practice (vCoP) that served as a mechanism for “gendering” the National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and other Drugs and Substances in Canada.

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Published: 2010
Your Rights in Research: A Guide for Women  
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/publications-resources/documents/YourRightsinResearchAGuideforWomen.pdf

Guide for women with addictions for making decisions about participating in research. Summarizes findings from a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)-funded study lead by Dr. Amy Salmon that examined how to better support the active and meaningful participation of women with substance use problems in health research.

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Published: 2009
When researchers come calling: A guide for organisations that work with women  
http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/publications-resources/documents/WhenResearchersComeCalling.pdf

Guide for organizations that serve women with addictions to help them them in making decisions about participating in research. Summarizes findings from a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)-funded study lead by Dr. Amy Salmon that examined how to better support the active and meaningful participation of women with substance use problems in health research.

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Published: 2009
Tranquility can kill  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1982_Healthsharing_Winter.pdf

This article consists of an interview about one womans withdrawal from addiction to Valium. The interview is conducted by a member of the Women's Therapy Study Support Group and Connie Clement of Women Healthsharing.   


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Published: 1982
Why women drink  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1984_Healthsharing_Vol_5_No_4_Fall.pdf

This article is an exploration of women and alcoholism. 

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Published: 1984
Highs & lows: Canadian perspectives on women and substance use  
http://www.cwhn.ca/node/39425

Discusses substance use among girls and women in Canada. Looks at what substances Canadian women use, what are the gendered influences on women's substance use, and what are the challenges.

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Published: Spring/Summer 2008
Trauma-informed: symposium examines trauma, addictions and mental health   
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/41608

In November 2008, women’s and children’s health experts working with the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) and the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) planned a workshop on Trauma-Informed Addictions and Mental Health Practice, designed to bring together service providers interested in applying “trauma-informed” and trauma-specific approaches in their work with clients with substance use, mental health and related health and social concerns.

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Published: 2009
Young women and alcohol abuse: a look at trends, consequences, influences and prevention approaches  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/42117

This article is adapted from Girl-Centred Approaches to Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment and Heavy Alcohol Use Among Girls and Young Women: Highlights of Findings from Literature Review and Web Search. It illustrates how increasing attention is being brought to the issue of substance use by girls and young women, and the associated health and social consequences of heavy drinking, smoking cigarettes, as well as the use of both licit and illicit substances. Local, national, and international data now show that the gender gap in substance use is closing.

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Published: Spring/Summer 2010