Differences Between Males and Females in Drug Treatment Programs

  • Virginia S. Ryan


It is becoming increasingly clear that the population of drug abusers in treatment is not homogenous and many differences may be found between subgroups of this population. For example, it has been suggested that major differences may be found between males and females in treatment. Research of the Women’s Drug Research Project (WDR), which I will report today, supports this hypothesis. Most importantly, male-female differences indicate that the reasons for abusing drugs and the treatment needs of women are different in many respects from those of men. Consequently, optimal treatment of the female may require provision of services not typically required by males.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia S. Ryan
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  1. 1.Wayne County Department of Substance Abuse ServicesUSA

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