Pregnant and non-pregnant women with substance use disorders: The gap between treatment need and receipt

Mishka Terplan, Erica J. McNamara, Margaret S. Chisolm

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Differences in pregnant and non-pregnant womens alcohol and drug use, substance treatment need, and treatment receipt were examined using The National Survey of Drug Use and Health (2002-2006). Treatment need and receipt were defined by either self-report or DSM-IV criteria. Pregnant women were less likely to use alcohol and drugs than non-pregnant women. Among women who use drugs, pregnant women were more likely to need treatment (odds ratio (OR) = 1.92; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.46, 2.52), however they were not more likely to receive treatment (OR = 0.90; 95% CI: 0.54, 1.51). Overall, there is an unmet need for treatment among reproductive-aged substance users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-349
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012



  • Pregnancy
  • alcohol use
  • illicit drug use
  • substance treatment
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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