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Identifying components of rehabilitation programs which address the needs of women who are chemically dependent

Amara, Margaret C. author ;Rosenberg, Judith H., 1950- thesis advisor


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  • Title:
    Identifying components of rehabilitation programs which address the needs of women who are chemically dependent
  • Author/Creator: Amara, Margaret C. author
  • Rosenberg, Judith H., 1950- thesis advisor; Central Connecticut State University. Department of Health and Human Service Professions.
  • Creation Date: 1997
  • Language: English
  • Physical Description: 59, [36] leaves : illustrations ; 29 cm.; paper 29 cm. ink typescript.
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (leaves [60]-[63]).
  • Subjects: Women -- Substance use; Substance abuse -- Treatment
  • Description: A thorough literature review was conducted in the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation to identify those components of treatment programs which meet the unique needs of women who are chemically dependent. Twenty-six components were identified as those which meet the relational, and therefore, the recovery needs of women. They included a gender-sensitive treatment team, comprehensive assessment of each client's medical, psychiatric, social, familial, and spiritual concerns, same gender treatment facilities, mixed gender and same gender therapy groups, provisions for child care, access/referrals to medical and psychiatric care and pediatric care for patients' children, integration of treatment for addiction with treatment for co-occurring psychiatric disorders, family education and support and access/referrals for marriage and/or family therapy, access/referrals for housing (ranging from long-term residential programs and half-way housing to independent living options), access/referrals to legal, financial, transportation, vocational and educational services, coordination of treatment with representatives of child welfare agencies and the judicial system, emphasis on principles of and membership in AA/NA and/or other 12 Step programs and in Women for Sobriety, role models of former clients in recovery, establishment of a sober support network, and long-term continuing care programs and access/referrals for ongoing individual therapy after discharge. The literature review also identified seventeen treatment issues to be addressed during the rehabilitation process for women. These included isolation and shaming, violence and abuse, healthy relationships, parenting, coping, assertiveness, and communication skills, gender role socialization, guilt and shame, self-esteem, sexuality, anger and resentment, grieving, control and safety, 12 Step principles, support networks, and relapse prevention. A survey was developed based on these recommendations and mailed to fourteen experts in treatment of drug and alcohol addictions. Experts were chosen based on educational levels of master degree or higher, five or more years of practice in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation field, and recommendations by other professionals in the field and/or the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The majority of findings of this survey are consistent with the literature recommendations. The areas in which current practice was not in agreement with research involve limited numbers of treatment facilities for women only, lack of provisions for child care and pediatric medical care and the unavailability of Women in Sobriety. Results of the study also concurred with literature recommendations for treatment issues, except for control and safety and isolation and shaming. These topics, however, may be addressed in the context of other identified issues. It is important to note that the study found no current agency or treatment center which implemented all the recommendations identified as valuable both in theory and in practice. In general, however, the findings of this study offer the foundation of a comprehensive model which meets the unique treatment needs of women.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (leaves [60]-[63]).
  • Degree Granted: M.S. Central Connecticut State University 1997
  • OCLC Number: 38023565