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Social work intervention with co-addicted couples

Simmons, J. and Hopping-Winn, A. – 2013

Information on addressing intimate partner drug and alcohol use. Discusses risks associated with partnered drug users, including dangers faced by children of two substance abusing parents. Discusses the elements of couples-oriented intervention and treatment services. These include concurrent and coordinated treatment, adoption of a harm reduction model, strategies for partner engagement, conducting assessments of both partners, offering services to the male partner when the female receives free services via child welfare involvement, and offering couples therapy as part of the recovery process. Includes profiles of successful family-based programs.