Substance in women-a growing epidemic, treatment and rehabilitation



Psychoactive substance use continues to be a global problem. A survey done by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that, in 2014, 247 million people between ages 15 and 64 used illicit substances at least once in the previous year.

Illicit substances in the survey included opioids, cannabis, cocaine, other amphetamine type, stimulants, hallucinogens, and ecstasy, among others.

29 million people between ages 15 and 64 suffering from drug use disorders are in need of treatment, health, social care, and rehabilitation. Women start using substances and become addicted differently from men. Their addiction progresses faster, they find it harder to quit, they recover differently from men, and they relapse for different reasons.

These gender differences have a substantial impact on treatment for substance abuse. But when women’s specific needs are understood and addressed from the outset, better treatment engagement and successful outcomes often follow.

Sample Size of 25 women in residential treatment who were diagnosed with Substance use disorders and presented during case presentations at our facility were selected.

Selection Criteria: All the 25 participants were on admission and treated at different times. They consented to participate in the rehabilitation program using Universal Treatment Curriculum Evidence Based Practices (Colombo Plan Model).

Methodology: In the last one year, the selected participants were seen at different times and were helped with Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP). Their families were involved and supported their recovery.

Treatment Outcomes And Evaluation; Out of 25 participants that were selected, 15 were able to do very well and they were gainfully employed with reintegration back into the community and they have been of tremendous assistance in curbing this growing epidemic by being a volunteer drug abuse counselors in schools and Churches in Lagos.



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