The substance abuse treatment needs of women are pressing and unmet. Long term treatment, in particular, has been identified as an area of concern regarding the ability to meet the needs of women. This study explores the differences between abstinence-based long term drug and alcohol treatment programs and gender-specific/separate programs. An exploratory design revealed that differences do exist between standard drug and alcohol treatment and gender-specific/separate programs. These differences exist in educational levels of staff, services delivered, assessments utilized, gender of program staff, certification status of counselors, organization accreditation, and opportunities for growth for the professional staff. Implications for future research and program development are provided.
|Keywords:||Substance Abuse, Addiction Technology, Organizational Structure|
Professor, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA
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