The NRC adopts gender responsive Treatment services for substance abuse in women
- A safe, supportive and woman-nurturing environment that encourages trust, bonding and connection;
- Theoretical perspectives that incorporate women’s life experiences and reality;
- Program approaches based on theories that fit the psychological and social needs of women;
- Therapeutic modalities or approaches (e.g. relational) that address issues such as physical, sexual and emotional abuse, family relationships, substance abuse, eating disorders and other concurrent disorders;
- Opportunities to develop skills in a range of educational and vocational areas (including non-traditional vocational skills);
- A strength- or asset-based approach to treatment and skill-building and an emphasis on activities that focus on empowerment and self-efficacy;
- Staff that reflect the client population, in terms of gender, race or ethnicity, language and recovery status;
- Female role models and mentors that reflect the racial or ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the clients;
- Utilization of gender-responsive assessment tools and individualized treatment plans that match appropriate treatment with the identified needs or assets of each client;
- Education and counselling relating to health (e.g. pregnancy, nutrition, stress management, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases) and mental health (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder, depression);
- Emphasis on parenting education, child development and relationships (or reunification) with children (if relevant);
- Child-friendly environment with age-appropriate activities designed for children and childcare on site for residential services; when available and feasible
- Linkages to community-based agencies for drug-free supportive housing, employment, substance abuse treatment, mutual aid groups, child welfare, domestic violence, parenting, childcare, peer support groups, health, mental health, HIV/AIDS, day treatment and aftercare;
- Gender-responsive and culturally competent in-service staff training.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR GENDER-RESPONSIVE TREATMENT
- Gender: Acknowledge that gender makes a difference.
- Environment: Create an environment based on safety, respect and dignity.
- Relationships: Develop policies, practices and programs that are relational and promote healthy connections to children, family, significant others and the community.
- Services: Address the issues of substance abuse, trauma and mental health through comprehensive, integrated, culturally relevant services.
Treatment Settings of Female Patients
- Withdrawal from substances
- Residential treatment
- Outpatient treatment settings