Peer Support Groups for Women in Treatment and Aftercare

  • Lisa Roth
  • Patricia James
Part of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Reviews book series (DAAR, volume 5)


Substance abuse among women has traditionally received less attention and treatment dollars than chemical dependence among men. This is owing to the social stigma attached to women’s drug abuse, the hidden nature of much female substance abuse, and the comparatively fewer numbers of female substance abusers. However, in the early 1970s recognition of the magnitude of the problem of substance abuse among women began to increase as the women’s movement drew attention to women’s unmet needs in many areas. Unfortunately, at the same time the number of chemically dependent women also began to rise. There is also evidence that the problems of chemically dependent women have increased in complexity and severity in the past 20 yr.1The pattern of drug usage by women also changed from licit drugs, primarily prescription medications and alcohol, to illicit “hard” drugs.1 The epidemic of crack cocaine usage among urban women of childbearing age, which began in the late 1980s, is perhaps the most visible evidence of this trend.


Substance Abuse Treatment Battered Woman Alcoholic Anonymous Female Substance Abuser Peer Support Group 
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