Gender-related drug abuse treatment should attend not only to biological differences but also to social and environmental factors, all of which can influence the motivations for drug use, the reasons for seeking substance abuse treatment, the types of environments where substance abuse treatment is obtained, the treatments that are most effective, and the consequences of not receiving substance abuse treatment. Many life circumstances predominate in women as a group, which may require a specialized treatment approach. For example, research has shown that physical and sexual trauma followed by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is more common in drug-abusing women than in men seeking substance abuse treatment. Other factors unique to women that can influence the treatment process include issues around pregnancy and child care, financial independence, and how they come into substance abuse treatment (as women are more likely to seek the assistance of a general or mental health practitioner).
To understand the extent and nature of a woman’s substance use disorder and its interaction with her other life areas Cove Center for Recovery carefully screens each patient for an appropriate diagnosis. The screening and assessment process, helps us match the client with appropriate substance abuse treatment services. To ensure that important information is obtained, Cove Center for Recovery uses standardized screening and assessment instruments and interview protocols, some of which have been studied for their sensitivity, validity, and accuracy in identifying problems with women.