Women in substance abuse treatment: Results from the alcohol and drug services study (ADSS)
Gender is an important variable to consider in substance abuse treatment research. The proportion of females among substance abuse treatment clients has increased over the past decade, and female clients currently constitute about one third of the treatment population. Reports have shown that female substance abusers experience a number of barriers to receiving treatment, including child care responsibilities, stigmatization, and inability to pay for treatment. Female substance abusers are more vulnerable than male substance abusers to some of the physiological effects of substance use, and substance abuse among females is rooted more often in psychosocial problems and traumatic life events. These important gender differences suggest the need for specialized treatment programming for women.