Women opting out

Women with substance abuse problems in Barbados are seeking treatment in much smaller numbers than men.

This was among the findings of a just-completed study by the National Council on Substance Abuse entitled Barriers To Substance Abuse Treatment In Barbados: Factors Hindering Women’s Use Of Treatment.

Research and development officer Laura Foster, who presented the result at the NCSA’s headquarters in Belleville, St Michael yesterday, said the main challenges for women included stigma and the lack of child care during required stints at rehab. She added that many women were not prepared or in a position to leave their families to receive treatment, while others harboured fears of having their children being taken away.

The ages of the women not seeking treatment varied from young adults to those in their 40s and 50s. (CLM)

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