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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

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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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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