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Helping Women Recover. A Program for Treating Substance Abuse – Special Edition For Use in the Criminal Justice System

  • ID: 2239275
  • Book
  • August 2008
  • 392 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

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

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 in correctional settings 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 substance abuse 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 within the criminal justice system.

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 Substance–Abuse Treatment for Women 1

Women in the Criminal Justice System: Who They Are 2

Historical Background: Why a Woman s Treatment Program? 6

What We Have Learned 9

Fundamentals of Gender–Responsive Services 16

Integration 36

The Value of Twelve Step Programs and Other Mutual–Help Groups 37

Research on Helping Women Recover 39

2 Facilitating the Program 43

Organization and Content of the Program 44

Principles of an Effective Treatment Program 50

The Role of the Facilitator 56

Module A: Self 63

1. Defining Self 69

2. Sense of Self 87

3. Self–Esteem 97

4. Sexism, Racism, and Stigma 107

Module B: Relationships 123

5. Family of Origin 127

6. Mothers 151

7. Mother Myths 159

8. Interpersonal Violence 173

9. Creating Healthy Relationships and Support Systems 189

Module C: Sexuality 205

10. Sexuality and Substance Abuse 213

11. Body Image 235

12. Sexual Identity 249

13. Sexual Abuse 263

14. Fear of Sex While Clean and Sober 281

Module D: Spirituality 291

15. What Is Spirituality? 295

16. Prayer and Meditation 307

17. Creating a Vision 317

Appendix: Additional Recovery Resources 327

I. Five Primary Practices of the Oxford Group 328

II. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous 329

III. A.A. Slogans 330

IV. A Letter from Carl Jung to Bill Wilson 331

V. The Serenity Prayer 333

VI. The Synanon Prayer 334

VII. The Sixteen Steps for Discovery and Empowerment (Charlotte Kasl) 335

VIII. A New Version of the Twelve Steps (David Berenson) 337

IX. Thirteen Statements of Affirmation or Acceptance (Women For Sobriety) 338

X. SMART Recovery® 339

XI. Save Our Selves/(SOS) 340

References 341

Gender–Responsive Resource Materials 351

The Author 355

Index 357

Feedback Form 367

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Stephanie S. Covington
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