Barriers to Treatment for Cocaine-Dependent Women

James A. Inciardi, Principal Investigator

Anne E. Pottieger, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director

Initiated: 1994

Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Project Summary:

This project sought a more comprehensive understanding of barriers and incentives to treatment among women who are dependent on cocaine and involved in crime. This population is particularly difficult for drug treatment programs to access and help. The goals of the study were the development and testing of measures that integrate street and treatment research findings to assess the needs of women enmeshed in crime/cocaine lifestyles; documenting interplay between women’s cocaine and crime involvement, willingness to enter treatment, life problems beyond drug use and crime, and supports and pressures from their social networks; recommendation of policy alternatives, treatment initiatives and support services that will increase success; and further explanation of attitudes toward treatment and the impact of ethnic/class – cultural differences on treatment entry.

Select Publications:

Saum, Christine A., Matthew L. Hiller, Margaret E. Laigey, James A. Inciardi and Hilary L. Surratt. “Predictors of Substance Abuse Treatment Entry for Crime-Involved Cocaine-Dependant Women,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence. In Press.

McBride, Duane C., Patricia B. Mutch, Carole Kilcher, James A. Inciardi, H. Virginia McCoy and Ann E. Pottieger. 1996. “Barriers to Treatment Among Crash-Dependent and Other Drug-Abusing Inner-City Women,” Pp. 115-128 in The American Pipe Dream: Crack and the Inner City, edited by Dale D. Chitwood, James R. Rivers and James A. Inciardi. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace.