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Treatment Best Practices

State of the Art Treatment Practices and Guidance Related to the Delivery of Treatment Services to Women with Substance Use Disorders
The Treatment Improvement Exchange (TIE) Web site provides access to numerous resources, statistics and reports from Federal agencies about substance abuse treatment and women.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to assist people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities. The database can be searched by gender and age, as well as other program criteria.

TIP 51: Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women
This TIP will help substance abuse treatment professionals provide effective, up-to-date treatment to women with substance use disorders by providing treatment that takes into account the unique needs of women. The information in TIP 51 is based on women’s experiences as well as best or promising practices and research-based approaches. This eight-chapter TIP presents treatment approaches that consider a woman’s social and economic environments; her relationships with family members, significant others, and support systems; and the impact of gender and culture on treatment.

TIP 2: Pregnant, Substance-Using Women
One of the best opportunities practitioners have to approach and intervene with the substance-using woman is when she is pregnant. The child's birth may give a pregnant mother a powerful motive to seek treatment for her addiction. Early intervention efforts during the prenatal period increase the likelihood she will successfully recover from alcohol and other drug abuse.

TIP 25: Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence
This TIP presents treatment providers with an introduction to the field of domestic violence. It gives providers useful information on the role of substance abuse in domestic violence—both among the men who batter and the women who are battered. Useful techniques for detecting and eliciting such information are supplied, along with ways to modify treatment to ensure victims' safety and to stop the cycle of violence in both parties' lives.

CSAT Webcast:  Treatment Approaches for Women, 2005
Substance use disorders present serious and unique health concerns for women. Recent studies point both to the need for gender-specific services for women and to the greater effectiveness of such approaches compared to more traditional treatment modalities. This program examines how treatment services are changing to help women successfully navigate the road to recovery.  It also explores other issues which can affect their recovery progress, such as child care, co-occurring disorders, and domestic violence.




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