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SAMPLE COURSE MATERIAL

Women and men sometimes use drugs for different reasons and respond to them differently, and substance use disorders may manifest differently in women than in men. A substance use disorder occurs when a person needs alcohol or a drug to function normally and stopping use leads to withdrawal symptoms. Some of the unique issues women who use drugs face are further complicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Most new mothers and mothers-to-be realize that drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, can be passed on to their babies (both while in the womb and via mothers’ milk) and cause them harm. Women should also know that some substances can impact their reproductive cycles, increasing the likelihood of infertility (Eggert et al., 2004; Joesoef et al., 1993; Tolstrup et al., 2003) and early onset of menopause (Schoenbaum et al., 2005).

Women have unique needs that should be addressed during substance use disorder treatment. Effective treatment should incorporate approaches that recognize sex and gender differences, understand the types of trauma women sometimes face, provide added support for women with child care needs, and use evidence-based approaches for the treatment of pregnant women (SAMHSA, 2011).

SAMPLE POST TEST

  • Sex differences result from biology while gender differences are based on culturally defined roles for men and women.
    1. True
    2. False
  • Substances can impact the reproductive cycles of women in which of the following ways:
    1. Increasing likelihood of infertility
    2. Contributing to early onset menopause
    3. Both A and B
    4. None of the above
  • Women have unique needs that should be addressed during substance use disorder treatment. Effective treatment should include which of the following:
    1. Approaches that recognize sex and gender differences
    2. Understand types of trauma women sometimes face
    3. Provide added support for women with child care needs
    4. All of the above

CE Hours: 3

Course Description:

This 3 CE home study course is designed for mental health professionals and
healthcare professionals interested in learning about the sex and gender differences
in substance use. This workshop will explain the unique needs and challenges
women face when dealing with substance use and abuse. Topics will include how
marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy, and other drugs affect men and
women differently, and sex and gender differences in substance use disorder
treatment. This workshop will also briefly discuss co-occurring mental health
disorder and other sex and gender issues women face such as domestic violence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe sex and gender differences in substance use.
  • Discuss how marijuana, cocaine, and other drugs affect women and men differently.
  • Explain the impact of drug use on pregnant and breast-feeding women.
  • Describe the sex and gender differences in substance use disorder treatment.
  • Discuss co-occurring mental health disorders in women.
Section 1
Section 2
Final Quiz