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Gender-Specific Treatment

Effective treatment must be tailored to the unique needs of the individual’s gender, cultural identity, and sexual orientation. Gender differences exist in rates of substance use and dependence, which require consideration of the biological and social influences of development of a substance use disorder. Treatment should be responsive to the unique needs of women and men, such as providing a counselor of the same gender when possible. Gender-based and culturally responsive approaches should also take into consideration the unique and multiple roles of both women and men.

The following materials provide an overview of the general best practice guidelines for providing gender-specific treatment for substance use disorders.

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    • The TEDS Report: Gender Differences in Primary Substance of Abuse across Age Groups
      The TEDS Report: Gender Differences in Primary Substance of Abuse across Age Groups (PDF 894 KB)

      This report explores gender differences in primary substances of abuse by age based on TEDS data from 2011.

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