Organizational Barriers in the Transfer of Addiction Technology to Practice: Addressing the Needs of Women

By John Conahan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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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

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.113-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.196MB).

Dr. John Conahan

Professor, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Conahan is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He holds a doctorate in Human Development with a specialization in social work. His Doctorate and Masters of Social Work degree is from Marywood University. Dr. Conahan is also a Certified Addictions Counselor in Pennsylvania. Dr. Conahan’s 30 years of experience as a generalist practitioner has included the provision of services to individuals, groups, families, community and organizational development, clinical management, and senior administrative management positions in the field of substance abuse treatment. Dr. Conahan’s areas of research include gender issues in addiction treatment, immigration, and human trafficking and organizational leadership.


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