Hospitalized inpatient detoxification of women with alcoholism and other drug addictions

María Dolores Martín, Jesus Cobo, Angel Santiago, Esther Patró, Montserrat Paños, Cristina Domènech, Noèlia Ortuño, Josep Romero, Esther Westermeyer, Gemma García-Parés

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Objectives: To analyze the characteristics of inpatient detoxification hospitalizations for alcoholism and other drug addictions in women from our area. Design: We use a retrospective design. The subjects were inpatient women hospitalized in the Detoxification Unit at the Corporació Sanitària i Universitària Parc Taulí de Sabadell (Barcelona) between January 2010 and June 2013. Diagnoses were made by DSM-IV-TR criteria. The statistics were descriptive. In a secondary analysis, we compared women with alcohol as a principal reason of admission (APD) with women with alcohol as an isolated reason of admission (AUD) in relation with the rest of the sample. Results: From January 2010 to June 2013 there were 360 admissions in the Detoxification Unit, 82 of whom were women (22.7%). These were middle-aged women (43.3 years), who were mainly admitted for detoxification from more than one substance. The main drug involved in the abuse was alcohol (67.1%, n=55), followed by multiple drug abuse as a main reason for detoxification. Considering psychiatric comorbidity, most of the women did not display any DSM-IV-TR diagnosis criteria (53.7%, n=44). Women in AUD (n=33) were significantly older, used more benzodiazepines and had fewer Axis II diagnoses. Conclusions: The main reason for inpatient detoxification in women in our area is alcohol. There are significant differences between women with alcohol detoxifications and women with comorbid abuse of other substances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-42
JournalRevista Espanola de Drogodependencias
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Alcohol
  • Comorbidity
  • Gender
  • Hospitalization
  • Women


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