The Role of Sexual Trauma in the Treatment of Chemically Dependent Women: Addressing the Relapse Issue

Wadsworth, Rick; Spampneto, Alana M.; Halbrook, Bernadette M.
March 1995
Journal of Counseling & Development;Mar/Apr95, Vol. 73 Issue 4, p401
Academic Journal
A review of the literature indicates a high incidence of sexual trauma among women who seek treatment for substance abuse. Additionally, clients who have experienced sexual trauma appear to be more susceptible to relapse, the return to substance abuse. This article explores issues surrounding sexual trauma and chemical dependency. It aims to provide direction for relapse prevention with a relapse-prone population. Application of traditional milieu substance abuse treatment for sexual trauma survivors is explored. Recommendations for working with sexual trauma survivors who are also substance abusers are presented, as are suggestions for research.


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