Reading Response Writing Assignments – Barriers and Differences in Treating Women

Reading Response Writing Assignments – Barriers and Differences in Treating Women

Reading Response Writing Assignments – Barriers and Differences in Treating Women

Reading Response Writing Assignments

Discussion—Barriers and Differences in Treating Women

Treating substance-abusing women can be a completely different entity from treating men. Often, women who abuse substances face significant barriers when seeking treatment, and are often in need of therapeutic techniques specifically tailored to suit their needs.

Keeping this in mind, and using the lecture materials, and other scholarly resources, respond to the

following questions:

 Describe the barriers that women face when seeking treatment.

 Compare and contrast how these barriers differ from the barriers faced by men.

 Recommend several treatment modifications that should be made for women in treatment.

 Explain why these modifications are important and how they are different from treatment for

men.

 Write your initial response in approximately 300–400 words. Apply APA standards to citation of

sources.

Due Saturday, December 19, 2015

Discussion—Barriers and Differences in Treating Women

 Describe the barriers that women face when seeking treatment.

According to Greenfield et al (2003), women usually do not fall easily into the trap of drugs and alcohol and according to Bradley et al (1995) when they do fall into the habit of taking drugs and alcohol they face serious problems and more health-related effects. According to Fillmore et al (1997), the substance abuse problem of women affects more areas of functioning than men. Women tend to lose control faster than men when they have substance abuse or drinking-related problems, but according to McPherson et al (2004), the substance use patterns of men and women have become more similar in the recent years (Green, n.d.).

It is true that women face certain barriers when seeking treatment or following through with treatment (Green, n.d.). Women face economic barriers to treatment. They may not be able to attend the treatment sessions regularly because of their family problems and their responsibilities. Housing, comprehensive services, education and income-support are other barriers women face during their treatment program. Women face health-related barriers too because they may have anxiety and depressive disorders and they may feel ashamed or embarrassed to seek treatment.

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