A substance abuse recovery program for homeless mothers with childruen: St. Louis

E. M. Smith, Carol S North, T. M. Heaton

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Existing substance abuse programs have many limitations for homeless mothers, including the fact that they are modeled on programs for men that may not be appropriate for women. They separate mothers from their children during treatment, and they focus on adult recovery rather than being family oriented. The Grace Hill Family Center intervention program described in this article was designed specifically for the substance abuse treatment needs of homeless mothers in St. Louis. It blends three approaches: (1) strengthening neighbors so that they may help others, (2) traditional 12-step recovery services, and (3) Yablonsky’s (1989) theory of the therapeutic community. As evidenced by a high dropout rate, this is a very difficult population to treat. Probably the most salient insight from the program to date is that creative models of service delivery are needed to reach these women and involve them in recovery programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-100
Number of pages10
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Nov 8 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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