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PARENTAL CONNECTION

A number of women reported that while growing up a parent or someone they lived with had an alcohol abuse problem. These women had more problems themselves with substance abuse than did the women who did not report living under those conditions.

Chart 9: SUBSTANCE ABUSE: FAMILY HISTORY

Needed and did/did not receive help for alcohol/drug problem

35%

65%

Did not need help for alcohol/drug problem

42%

58%

Key: Parent had alcohol abuse problem Yes

No

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND HOMELESSNESS

Women who reported being homeless within the 30 days prior to entering Cook County Jail were more than twice as likely to have a substance abuse issue that they were unable to get treatment for (47%), compared to those women who had housing (22%).

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND VIOLENCE

Those who experienced violence as children and/or as adults are more likely to have an alcohol or substance abuse problem than those who have not.

Chart 10: VIOLENCE IN CHILDHOOD AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Experiences of violence growing up:

Needed and received/did not receive help for alcohol/drug problem

Witnessed violence in the home

46%

61%

Neglect

46%

64%

Physical abuse

48%

65%

Emotional abuse

47%

61%

Sexual abuse

48%

65%

Key: Yes

No

Chart 11: ADULT EXPERIENCES OF VIOLENCE AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Have been sexually assaulted by a partner

48%

Partner has attacked with a weapon

47%

69%

73%

As an adult:

Needed and received/did not receive help for alcohol/drug problem

Key: Yes

No

BARRIERS TO SERVICES

“There were no beds [in the program], I had no insurance, and they had no way to call me back.”

(Statement by woman when questioned as to why help was not available for her drug or alcohol problem.)

Of the women interviewed, 36 percent reported that they were unable to receive assistance for a substance abuse problem. Although the reasons vary, the primary reason women stated they could not access treatment was that they could not afford it or did not have adequate medical coverage. Some women stated that the programs they went to were full.

Barrier: Lack of Access

  • 80 percent said they did not have a medical card.

  • 77 percent said they had no money to get treatment.

Barrier: Treatment Not Available

  • 52 percent said that treatment was not available outside of jail.

  • 40 percent said that treatment was not available in jail.

Barrier: Domestic Violence

  • 16 percent of women reported that a partner prevented them from receiving treatment for a substance use issue.

CHICAGO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS 9

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