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Good Treatment Meets Women's Special Needs

Good treatment meets women's special needs

NIDA research shows that women drug abusers get better when treatment takes care of all their basic needs.

Some women need the basic services of food, shelter, and clothing. Other women also need transportation, child care, and parenting training. Women may need medical care, mental health therapy, and legal assistance. Good treatment also teaches reading, basic education, and skills to find a job. Treatment programs aimed at men often do not provide all of these services.

Treatment is especially effective when women can live at a treatment center with their children.