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Med Clin North Am. 2019 Jul;103(4):699-711. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2019.03.002.

Women and Addiction: An Update.

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1
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia, PO Box 800623, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA. Electronic address: NAT7B@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu.
2
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia, PO Box 800623, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA.
3
Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia, PO Box 800774, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0774, USA.
4
Center for Leading Edge Addiction Research (CLEAR) Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia, 560 Ray C Hunt Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2981, USA.

Abstract

Gender-related alcohol and drug abuse problems are related not only to biological differences, but also to social and environmental factors, which can influence the clinical presentation, consequences of use, and treatment approaches. Women are becoming the fastest-growing population of substance abusers in the United States. Given that women experience a more rapid progression of their addiction than men, it is important that we understand and address the differences to help develop prevention and treatment programs that are tailored for women, incorporating trauma assessment and management, identification and intervention for medical and psychiatric comorbidities, financial independence, pregnancy, and child care.

KEYWORDS:

Alcohol; College female students; Opioids; Substance abuse; Women

PMID:
31078201
DOI:
10.1016/j.mcna.2019.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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