ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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Addiction Experiences of Women with Substance Use Disorder: The Case of Manisa Province


Department of Social Work, Manisa Celal Bayar Faculty of Health Sciences, Manisa, Türkiye


Department of Psychiatry, Manisa Mental Health and Disorders Hospital, Manisa, Türkiye

Addicta 2024; 11: 19-26
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2024.23043
Read: 764 Downloads: 450 Published: 27 February 2024

Abstract: This study aims to examine the reasons for starting and continuing to use substances, the changes they experience in accessing and receiving treatment, and the changes observed in family and social support systems with a biopsychosocial approach. Qualitative research method was used in this study. In addition, it was conducted with women who received inpatient treatment at the addiction rehabilitation center of Manisa Mental Health and Disorder Hospital and who did not use substances in the last year. The research sample was determined according to the principle of maximum diversity. Data were collected through in-depth telephone interviews with 31 women. In addition, the data were analyzed by content analysis using the Maxquda is qualitative data analysis (MAXQDA) program. Most of the participants stated that their relationships with their families deteriorated during substance use; they faced economic problems, and they were stigmatized more deeply because they were women. The disadvantaged situations experienced by women within the scope of gender inequality are deepened by the phenomenon of addiction, making it difficult for them to access health and social services.

Cite this article as: Özlem, Ş.Ö., Cengisiz, C., & Şaşman Kaylı, D. (2024). Addiction experiences of women with substance use disorder: The case of Manisa province. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 11(1), 19-26.

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