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Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Substance Abuse - Special Edition For Use in the Criminal Justice System, Revised

ISBN: 978-0-7879-9534-8
392 pages
June 2008, Jossey-Bass
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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.

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 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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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. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the design and implementation of treatment services for women and is recognized for her work in both the public and private sectors. For the past fifteen years, Dr. Covington has worked to help institutions and programs in the criminal justice system develop effective gender-responsive services. She has provided training, technical assistance, and consulting services to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the National Institute of Corrections, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Correctional Service of Canada, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and many state and local jurisdictions.

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Press Release

February 16, 2011

Hoboken, NJ, February 16, 2011, John Wiley & Sons, Inc – Dr. Stephanie Covington author of HELPING WOMEN RECOVER: A PROGRAM FOR TREATING SUBSTANCE ABUSE and A WOMAN’S JOURNAL: HELPING WOMEN RECOVER, is the featured therapist appearing in a 7 episode docu-reality series named “Breaking Down the Bars” airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The series launched on February 15th, 2011 at 9pm. The reality show follows female prisoners at the Rockville Correctional Facility in Indiana. Dr. Covington guides the prisoners through their emotional journeys in prison, and works with them on rehabilitating their lives.


Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D. (La Jolla, CA) is a nationally recognized clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer. She is a pioneer in the field of women's issues, addiction, and recovery. She has developed an innovative, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed approach to the treatment needs of women and girls that results in effective services in public, private, and institutional settings. Her presentations, staff-development seminars, and technical assistance focus on systems change and the development of caring, compassionate, and empowering therapeutic environments. They provide professionals an opportunity to learn new skills for dealing with personal, institutional, and societal changes and are always in demand, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Covington's clients include the Betty Ford Treatment Center, the Hanley Center, Pine Grove Women's Center, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in Washington, D.C., the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and numerous other treatment and correctional settings. Dr. Covington is currently a Co-Director of the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice.

Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Substance Abuse - Special Edition; Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Publication date: June 27, 2008; $195.00; Hardcover; 392 pages; ISBN: 978-0-7879-9534-8   

Please note additional titles by Dr. Stephanie Covington:

  • A Woman’s Journal: Helping Women Recover; ISBN: 978-0-7879-8872-2
  • Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction; ISBN: 978-0-7879-9533-1
  • Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction; ISBN: 978-0-470-91433-5
  • Helping Men Recover: A Man’s Workbook; ISBN: 978-0-470-48656-6
  • A Man’s Workbook: A Program for Treating Addiction; ISBN: 978-0-470-48657-3
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