According to the National Substance Abuse Index, between 2002 and 2006 there were approximately 12,135 women admitted for drug rehabilitation or substance abuse treatment in Georgia. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health recorded that in 2009 the number of women who reported past month use of an illicit drug (such as marijuana or heroin) was 6.6 percent. The number of women who are abusing substances is even higher for those who are in the justice system, with almost 60 percent of women in state prisons and nearly 50 percent of women in federal prisons stating that they had used drugs in the month before their offense.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that there are differences as to why men and women turn to drugs and there are differences in the way men and women respond to drugs. Effective treatment needs to take into consideration these differences. Sometimes women have children in their care that need to be taken into consideration when getting treatment. Some drug rehabilitation facilities provide for women with children, and there are women-only dedicated halfway houses in Georgia. Finding effective drug rehabilitation treatment as a woman does not have to be difficult. Some women, particularly if they are pregnant or have families and have low income, may be eligible for Medicaid in Georgia. Visit our website for more information.
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