Helping Women Recover & Beyond Trauma (HWR/BT) [Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult)]

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About This Program

Target Population: Adult women with addictive disorders and a trauma history (e.g., abuse, domestic violence, community violence, etc.)

Brief Description

HWR/BT is a combination of two manualized curricula, Helping Women Recover (HWR): A Program for Treating Addiction and Beyond Trauma (BT): A Healing Journey for Women, that in order to replicate the research protocol and outcomes, they both need to be used, as this entry details. When used individually, there is not enough research evidence to be able to rate either curricula on the CEBC Scientific Rating Scale.

HWR/BT is a 29-session intervention that integrates three theories: a theory of addiction, a theory of women’s psychological development, and a theory of trauma; and then adds a psychoeducational component that teaches women what trauma is, its process, and its impact. The program model is organized into seven modules. The first four: Self, Relationships, Sexuality, and Spirituality are areas that recovering women have identified as triggers for relapse and as necessary for growth and healing. The last three: Violence, Abuse, and Trauma; The Impact of Trauma on Women’s Lives; and Healing from Trauma; focus on the trauma with a major emphasis on coping skills, with specific exercises for developing emotional wellness. The program comes with facilitator’s manuals, two participant workbooks (A Women’s Journal and A Healing Journey), and 3 DVDs. The materials are designed to be user-friendly and self-instructive. A special edition for criminal justice settings has also been developed.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Helping Women Recover & Beyond Trauma (HWR/BT) [Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult)] are to accomplish a/an:

  • Decrease in substance abuse
  • Decrease in depression
  • Increase in understanding of trauma
  • Decrease in trauma symptoms
  • Increase in self-efficacy
  • Stabilized recovery

Contact Information

Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW
Agency/Affiliation: Center for Gender and Justice
Phone: (858) 454-8528
Fax: (858) 454-8598

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2012