Women-only addiction services tend to be provided on a poorly evidenced assumption that women with alcohol and drug use histories want single-sex treatment. Drawing on research led by the National Addiction Centre, King’s College London (UK), this presentation will highlight women’s expectations and experiences of women-only residential rehabilitation. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 19 women aged 25-44 years (currently in treatment [n=9], successfully completed treatment [n=5], left treatment prematurely [n=5]). Study findings contribute to a much-needed debate on this issue with implications for addiction services and future research.
Alison Marshall is a PhD student in the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program, The Kirby Institute and the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSHR). Her primary focus is mixed-methods (quantitative-qualitative design) research in hepatitis C virus (HCV) and drug use with particular attention to reducing barriers to care for people who inject drugs. Prior to joining The Kirby Institute and CSRH, Alison’s work involved collaborations with international and national public health agencies to facilitate the uptake of evidence-based research in the development of HCV policy, programs, and practices in global health settings.