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Good treatment meets women's special needs

Good treatment meets women's special needs

NIDA research shows that women drug abusers get better when treatment takes care of all their basic needs.

Some women need the basic services of food, shelter, and clothing. Other women also need transportation, child care, and parenting training. Women may need medical care, mental health therapy, and legal assistance. Good treatment also teaches reading, basic education, and skills to find a job. Treatment programs aimed at men often do not provide all of these services.

Treatment is especially effective when women can live at a treatment center with their children.


Women can get
help for their
drug addiction.

Women can get help for their drug addiction

1-800-662-HELP


It is hard to beat drug addiction. But the woman who uses drugs CAN get better with the right kind of treatment... even if she has tried to quit before and failed.

Treatment is available, often close to home.

The first step is to find out what kind of treatment a woman needs and where she can get it.

Call the free National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Line. Call for yourself... or call for a friend.


Women who get treatment can rebuild their lives

Women who get treatment can
rebuild their lives.


After completing drug treatment and getting off drugs, women need help from family, friends, and employers to stay off drugs.

Family education and counseling programs in the neighborhood help women return to their families or jobs.

With good treatment and community support, women can recover from the illness of drug abuse and begin to build a better life.


Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIH Publication No. 94-3732, 1994.

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