Top Ten Tips for Professionals Working with Women in Addiction
1. Don't be rushing us, because real recovery takes time. Smaller, women-only groups, will help.
2. Don’t judge us; get rid of the negative attitude; no discrimination. Women in recovery have enough shame already, we don’t need more
3. We want real empathy with practical support – not small talk with no action from you. If we didn’t need some practical help we, wouldn’t be at your services.
4. We need more women key-workers for women service users; then let us choose.
5. Work with us in partnership. We don’t need you to make decisions for us.
6. Make appointment times more flexibly as there are more barriers for women when accessing services.
7. We need more residential options for mothers and babies. There’s often no point sending us to places when we have to leave our children behind.
8. Childcare services and resources are essential. We need more.
9. We need more social events for women as it is often harder for us to socialise and make friends when recovery gets underway.
10. We need practical help (including funding) with housing, general health and back to education.
We have loads more feedback from the day - but the above is just to keep you going for now.