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Women using drugs and alcohol can feel stigmatized and shamed when seeking support from professional services, a new study has found.

The research is based on the experiences of women using community drug and alcohol treatment services across the West Midlands, as well as professionals in the field.

Sarah Page, Associate Professor in Social Justice and Social Learning at Staffordshire University, said that “whilst there are pockets of great practice, there are also times when the words and actions of professionals across drug and alcohol services, health and mental health, social work and the criminal justice sector can leave women feeling failed.

“We found that women very much experience the stigma of the ‘lying drug addict’ and as a result, they’re constantly having to prove themselves. This can create significant social and emotional harm to the individual.”

A recent study sheds light on the challenges women face when seeking treatment for drug and alcohol use, emphasizing the prevailing stigma that can hinder their journey to recovery. The research highlights the importance of fostering a supportive environment that addresses the unique needs and experiences of women grappling with substance use.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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