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Helping Women Recover. A Program for Treating Addiction. Revised Edition

  • ID: 2212643
  • Book
  • July 2008
  • 376 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

The Step–by–Step Guide to a Powerful Process for Healing Women with Addiction

Since it was first published in 1999, Helping Women Recover has set the standard for best practice in the field of women and addiction. Helping Women Recover is based on Dr. Covington′s Women′s Integrated Treatment (WIT) model. It offers a program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs or have co–occurring disorders. This thoroughly revised and updated edition includes evidence–based and empirically tested therapeutic interventions that are used to treat addiction and trauma in an innovative way. The Helping Women Recover program offers counselors, mental health professionals, and program administrators the tools they need to implement a gender–responsive, trauma–informed treatment program in group therapy settings or with individual clients.

Praise for Helping Women Recover

"Helping Women Recover provides an integrated and holistic approach to woman–centered substance abuse treatment that incorporates findings from treatment research as well as clinical insight derived from years of dedication to helping women recover from addiction. Treatment staff and participants alike will find it to be accessible, affirming, inspiring, and, quite possibly, life saving."
Christine Grella, PhD, research psychologist, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

"In this edition, Dr. Covington provides us with updated research and theory as the framework for this easy–to–use, comprehensive, and trauma–informed treatment program. The detailed exercises cover a broad range of issues related to women′s recovery. Her knowledge and understanding of women are reflected in every page."
Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, professor of psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; lecturer, Harvard Medical School; clinical psychologist, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston; psychologist, McLean Hospital

"A comprehensive, practical, extraordinarily valuable guide for anyone involved in creating, implementing, or facilitating women′s treatment programs."
Jan Surrey, founding scholar, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Stone Center, Wellesley College

"In this new edition of Helping Women Recover, Stephanie Covington once again sets the standard for women–centered treatment. By detailing the historical, social, and empirical context for this approach, Dr. Covington provides the practitioner with a deeper understanding of the program and its real–world implementation. Helping Women Recover remains the best practice for treating women and their substance abuse problems."
Barbara Owen, PhD, professor, Department of Criminology, California State University Fresno

"Powerful, comprehensive, and grounded in years of experience and wisdom. Stephanie Covington brings a holistic, in–depth understanding of the complex social and gender issues that need to be understood by every professional who works with women, trauma, and addiction. She points the way to dramatic shifts that need to be made in order to help women recover from addictions. It is a wake–up call that′s right on the mark!"
Charlotte Sophia Kasl, PhD; author, Women, Sex, and Addiction; Many Roads, One Journey: Moving Beyond the Twelve Steps; and If the Buddha Dated

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Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction to Addiction Treatment for Women 1

Historical Background: Why a Woman s Treatment Program? 1

What We Have Learned 5

Fundamentals of Gender–Responsive Services 12

Integration 30

The Value of Twelve Step Programs and Other Mutual–Help Groups 31

Research on Helping Women Recover 33

2 Facilitating the Program 37

Organization and Content of the Program 38

Principles of an Effective Treatment Program 44

The Role of the Facilitator 50

Module A: Self 57

1. Defining Self 63

2. Sense of Self 81

3. Self–Esteem 91

4. Sexism, Racism, and Stigma 101

Module B: Relationships 117

5. Family of Origin 121

6. Mothers 145

7. Mother Myths 153

8. Interpersonal Violence 167

9. Creating Healthy Relationships and Support Systems 183

Module C: Sexuality 199

10. Sexuality and Addiction 205

11. Body Image 227

12. Sexual Identity 241

13. Sexual Abuse 255

14. Fear of Sex While Clean and Sober 273

Module D: Spirituality 283

15. What Is Spirituality? 287

16. Prayer and Meditation 299

17. Creating a Vision 309

Appendix: Additional Recovery Resources 319

I. Five Primary Practices of the Oxford Group 320

II. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous 321

III. A.A. Slogans 322

IV. A Letter from Carl Jung to Bill Wilson 323

V. The Serenity Prayer 325

VI. The Synanon Prayer 326

VII. The Sixteen Steps for Discovery and Empowerment (Charlotte Kasl) 327

VIII. A New Version of the Twelve Steps (David Berenson) 329

IX. Thirteen Statements of Affirmation or Acceptance (Women For Sobriety) 330

X. SMART Recovery® 331

XI. Save Our Selves/(SOS) 332

References 333

Gender–Responsive Resource Materials 341

The Author 345

Index 347

Feedback Form 357

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Stephanie S. Covington
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