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Psychosocial Effects of Addiction

Females with substance abuse issues are also more likely to suffer from psychosocial problems than their male counterparts. Co-occurring post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, phobias and eating disorders are all more common among women presenting for treatment than men. A 2005 report from SAMHSA entitled, Women in Substance Abuse Treatment: Results from the Alcohol and Drug Services Study (2005 SAMHSA Report on Women) states, “Substance dependent females … (are) more likely to need help for emotional problems at a younger age and to have attempted suicide than substance dependent males.”

ATTC Resources on Co-Occurring Disorders

SAMHSA’s Co-Occurring Center for Excellence







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