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The Dangerous Drugs Board, together with the Department of Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Center Bicutan and a Non-Government Organization known as Women and Reforms, launched its newest program called the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program for Women.

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The program aims to aid female drug dependents undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. This is the first time that the CBT program will be used in the country as the basis for treatment. As such, it is also the first therapy program specifically designed for women.

Despite being new to the country, CBT program has had numerous successful cases overseas.

DDB, DOH-TRC Bicutan, and Women and Reforms shall work with one accord and overlook the treatment with experts in the field.

Proper documentation will be done and favorable results will lead to the adoption of the said approach to other facilities catering to women, as well as community-based treatment and rehabilitation programs operated by Local Government Units.

Although drug use is still more prevalent among males as available data would show, there is an apparent need for gender-based treatment as the needs of females undergoing treatment differ from males.

Based on the 2016 World Drug Report, men are three times more likely than women to use cannabis, cocaine or amphetamines. In the Philippines, based on the 2015 Survey, drug use is also more prevalent among males, with the ratio of 7:1.

Data on admission in treatment and rehabilitation centers, on the other hand, show an increasing trend of female drug users. Female patients have gone up from 332 in 2014 to 361 in 2015 and 431 in 2016.

Out of the 48 DOH-Accredited treatment and rehabilitation facilities, 32 centers accept female drug dependents.

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