Specialized substance abuse treatment for women and their children: An analysis of program design

Nina D. Uziel-Miller, John S. Lyons

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In the present study, 36 specialized substance abuse treatment programs for women and their children were identified and chosen for review. These programs provide a wide range of services including substance abuse, mental health and medical treatment, life skills training (i.e. vocational and parenting training), and social services (i.e. child care and transportation). A cluster analysis was conducted, and three distinct patterns of program design were identified. Results suggest that programs vary considerably regarding the extent to which comprehensive services are provided and to whom they are offered. Many programs that appear to be comprehensive fail to provide the full range of services to all those who need them. In particular, many programs for pregnant women seem to focus almost exclusively on pregnancy-related issues. As such, specialized substance abuse treatment for women may be at risk for becoming too specialized. Recommendations are made for future substance-related program planning for women and their children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-367
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000


  • Children
  • Comprehensive services
  • Pregnancy
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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