Gender Barriers in Addiction Treatment What Are They and How Can We Overcome Them?

Dianova and the World Federation Against Drugs publish an infographic that make gender barriers in the treatment of addictions visible and proposes ways to overcome them

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The infographic on gender barriers and how to overcome them was presented during a side event of the 64th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs

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Author: Dr. Gisela Hansen Rodríguez

Gender and addictions: Why should this relationship be taken into account?

It is essential to introduce a gender perspective in the field of addictions because it provides a better understanding of the specific relationships that men, women and people with different gender identities have with substance use.  We do know now that men and women are subject to different social and cultural conditionings. As a result, each analysis, strategy or intervention should be designed based on a gender perspective. Maintaining a rigid view of drug use and considering the population as a single, static and homogeneous whole can only lead to an androcentric perception of the situation that precludes the implementation of the meticulous and specific interventions men and women need, based on their different situations and realities.

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Download infographic in English – Illustrations: Frida Nerdal; Graphic design: Nenad Arslanagić

Addressing substance use disorders from a gender perspective means taking into account gender differences and specificities, not only in terms of factors that may condition use, but also in terms of use patterns and health, social and individual consequences. The gender perspective also makes it possible to address the unequal conditions of adherence and retention in prevention and care services or programmes.

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