Differences in addiction and recovery gains according to gender – gender barriers and specific differences in overall strengths growth

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Abreu, V., Best, D., Brown, L., Patton, D. and Vanderplasschen , W 2022. Differences in addiction and recovery gains according to gender – gender barriers and specific differences in overall strengths growth. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. 17 (21), pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-022-00444-8
AuthorsAbreu, V., Best, D., Brown, L., Patton, D. and Vanderplasschen , W
Abstract

There is growing evidence on the importance of a gendered understanding of recovery. Gender differences have been reported in relation to the nature and extent of substance use, pathways to and through substance use disorder and recovery capital acquisition and maintenance. There is little existing research on factors associated with recovery capital growth by gender. The current paper uses the European Life in Recovery database to assess specific domains of the Strengths and Barriers Recovery Scale (SABRS) that best predict growth of recovery capital amongst people in recovery from drug addiction. The 1313 participants were drawn from the REC-PATH study and recruited by the Recovery Users Network (RUN) from across Europe. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify relationships between specific SABRS items and gender, as well as differences in the dimensions of the SABRS scale most likely to predict recovery capital growth by gender. Between their time in active addiction and in recovery, females show greater growth in strengths, despite females reporting fewer recovery strengths during active addiction than males, and males have greater reductions in barriers to recovery compared to females. Multivariate analyses show that strengths specifically related to prosocial meaningful activities are found to be highly significant for growth of recovery capital amongst males, whereas strengths related to both prosocial meaningful activities and general health management seem particularly relevant for growth of recovery capital amongst females. We conclude that this further demonstration of gender differences in recovery pathways should suggest gender-specific approaches adopted in recovery community organisations to address these different needs.

KeywordsRecovery; Gender; Recovery capital
Year2022
JournalSubstance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
Journal citation17 (21), pp. 1-9
PublisherBMC (Springer Nature)
ISSN1747-597X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-022-00444-8
Web address (URL)https://substanceabusepolicy.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13011-022-00444-8
Output statusPublished
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Online14 Mar 2022
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Accepted16 Feb 2022
Deposited13 Jun 2022
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