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Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction, Revised Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7879-9533-1
376 pages
June 2008, Jossey-Bass
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Since it was first published in 1999, Helping Women Recover has set the standard for best practice in the field of women’s treatment. 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 which 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.

Included in SAMHSA’a National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

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Table of Contents



1 Introduction to Addiction Treatment for Women.

Historical Background: Why a Woman’s Treatment Program?

What We Have Learned.

Fundamentals of Gender-Responsive Services.


The Value of Twelve Step Programs and Other Mutual-Help Groups.

Research on Helping Women Recover.

2 Facilitating the Program.

Organization and Content of the Program.

Principles of an Effective Treatment Program.

The Role of the Facilitator.

Module A: Self.

1. Defining Self.

2. Sense of Self.

3. Self-Esteem.

4. Sexism, Racism, and Stigma.

Module B: Relationships.

5. Family of Origin.

6. Mothers.

7. Mother Myths.

8. Interpersonal Violence.

9. Creating Healthy Relationships and Support Systems.

Module C: Sexuality.

10. Sexuality and Addiction.

11. Body Image.

12. Sexual Identity.

13. Sexual Abuse.

14. Fear of Sex While Clean and Sober.

Module D: Spirituality.

15. What Is Spirituality?

16. Prayer and Meditation.

17. Creating a Vision.

Appendix: Additional Recovery Resources.

I. Five Primary Practices of the Oxford Group.

II. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

III. A.A. Slogans.

IV. A Letter from Carl Jung to Bill Wilson.

V. The Serenity Prayer.

VI. The Synanon Prayer.

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

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

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

X. SMART Recovery®.

XI. Save Our Selves/(SOS).


Gender-Responsive Resource Materials.

The Author.


Feedback Form.

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Author Information

Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, is a nationally recognized clinician, author, and organizational consultant noted for her pioneering work on women's issues. As consultant to the Betty Ford Treatment Center, her work included the creation of a progressive and innovative program for women. She has trained mental health professionals in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. She is a board-certified Diplomate of the National Association of Social Workers and a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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