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Women and Addiction

The disease of addiction is a serious health concern affecting more than 12 million women annually. Substance abuse in women is multifaceted, often leading to violence, sexual abuse, risky sexual behavior, unwanted pregnancy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and a myriad of other complicated conditions. 

Women with substance use disorders have more diverse treatment needs than men (Skinstad et al. 1996; Gomberg, 1999). Moreover, women who are dependent on substances experience different barriers to treatment entry, engagement and retention than their male counterparts.

The ATTC Network is committed to increasing the field’s awareness and knowledge of the issues related to women and substance abuse.  This Web site brings these issues to the forefront and offers an extensive compilation of information, resources and tools for providers and other addiction professionals.  It is also intended to serve as a resource for women and their families who are emerging from alcohol and other drug addiction to sustained recovery.


SAMHSA's Office on Women's Health Presents: Action Steps for Improving Women's Mental Health and Women's Mental Health: What It Means to You

Action Steps for Improving Women's Mental Health
This report brings together the most recent research, resources, products, and tools on mental health issues in women and explores the role gender plays in diagnosing, treating, and coping with mental illness. It also points to resilience and social support systems as key factors in overcoming mental illness. Order Online or Download PDF.

Women's Mental Health: What It Means to You
This consumer booklet addresses the stigma associated with mental health, with information on the signs and symptoms of mental illness. It also provides suggestions for support and solutions for preventing and coping with mental illness. Order Online or Download PDF.



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