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    Addiction Webinar Series: A Call to Action

    A Call to Action: Addressing Unique Treatment and Recovery Needs of Women in Addiction
    October 22, 2020

    In 2018, 32.1 million adult women had a mental and/or substance use disorder, yet there was still a large gap evident in addressing treatment needs of women (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, 2018). 
    If one was to examine development and implementation of addictions treatment and recovery programs in response to those women who make the courageous decision to seek help in breaking free from addiction, one might ponder how treatment providers go about designing treatment programs for men and designing treatment programs for women. Do men and women receive the same treatment? Are women pigeon-holed into treatment programs designed for men because a drug is a drug, what difference does it make? Are any considerations made in response to gender? If so, what considerations are made? How are these considerations implemented? 

    This webinar will seek to answer these and other questions to assist participants in having greater insight into and perspective on treatment and recovery for women who seek help for substance abuse. There is a need to understand unique needs of women and barriers to meeting those needs that often exist in treatment programs and in communities post-treatment. A main goal of this webinar is to highlight unique needs of women, expose barriers, and stress the importance of the need for stakeholders to do and think differently about women seeking help for substance abuse from treatment initiation to finding a suitable pathway to recovery.  
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2018). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Women


    Guest Presenter: Dr. Brenda Edwards 

    Dr. Brenda Edwards is a Counselor Educator and a Psychotherapist who believes in the expression: “Pay It Forward”. Her passion in teaching and counseling provides an avenue for her to be able to engage both personal and professional experiences to help others on their path to healing and recovery. She owns an established private practice providing professional consultation and counseling services. She specializes in Addictions Counseling and enjoys supporting and empowering women in recovery. Dr. Edwards holds a Doctorate in Education, a State License as a Professional Counselor, and a Certification as a Master Addictions Counselor. 


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