Peer Counseling: Treatment Modality for Female Narcotic Addcits Issues and Outcomes

  • Linda Gurrister


The problem of treating the female addict is gradually emerging as an issue of interest in the drug treatment field. Recently, awareness of the lack of literature dealing with this concern is becoming apparent (Cooperstock, 1971; Levy and Doyle, 1975; Thure and Moore, 1977). Of particular interest is the finding that female addicts are not being effectively treated when they do seek help. An ASA follow-up study found that “20% more men than women are retained for 30 days after referral... drop-out rates of women from treatment programs is twice that of males” (Schwartz, 1976). In another study geared to look at sex-role differentials in treatment, it was discovered that “over half the men are working while only one-fifth of the women work. Concomitantly more women than men are job hunting” (Levy and Doyle, 1975).


Emotional Support Physical Attractiveness Methadone Maintenance Woman Work Male Client 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Gurrister
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  1. 1.Project RealitySalt Lake CityUSA

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