Addiction Services for women are services to address women’s specific experiences, issues and realities. The focus of services for women is to encourage the empowerment of women to choose and direct lifestyle changes and services based on self identified needs, rather than needs as perceived by others.
Addressing interrelated health issues and the impact of the determinants of health is key to the delivery of services for women. Addiction Services for women embraces a gender-sensitive and culturally appropriate approach, client education, a relational model of treatment, practical skill building and family issues.
Many women experience isolation as a result of trauma, substance use, gambling problems or another’s addiction. Therefore groups are a preferred and common practice in the treatment of women and are often offered on a continuum in combination with individual counselling.
Services recognize the many barriers to treatment that women encounter in accessing services. Community Outreach is an essential component of Services to women, offering women the opportunity to participate in treatment as close as possible to their home community across the district.
Women are able to access individual, group and family services, and ensure that women have the option wherever possible of choosing a female counsellor.
There is currently several staff dedicated to providing services to women. Staff is knowledgeable of and sensitive to women’s issues and support a collaborative team approach to service delivery.
Individual and family counselling, as well as specialized group counselling, and other gender specific educational programs are offered to women.