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Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007;33(1):5-11.

A new gender-based model for women's recovery from substance abuse: results of a pilot outcome study.

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  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


Despite repeated calls for gender-based recovery models for women, there has been a lack of empirical research on this topic. We thus sought to evaluate a women's manual-based substance use disorder recovery model in a pilot study. Participants were opioid-dependent women in a methadone maintenance treatment program who received 12 sessions of the gender-based model in group format over two months. Assessment was conducted before and after the intervention, with results indicating significant improvements in drug use (verified by urinalysis), impulsive-addictive behavior, global improvement, and knowledge of the treatment concepts. Patients' high attendance rate (87% of available sessions) and strong treatment satisfaction additionally support the potential use of this treatment model. Future research would benefit from larger samples and enhanced scientific methodology.

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