Building a residential treatment program for dually diagnosed women with their children

Arch Womens Ment Health. 2005 Jun;8(2):105-11. doi: 10.1007/s00737-005-0083-y. Epub 2005 May 11.


The epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse in our nation impacts millions of women, mothers, and children. Addicted mothers with complex problems and numerous co-morbidities present unique treatment challenges. This intergenerational cycle of abuse and addiction is difficult to stop. Arkansas CARES (Center for Addictions Research Education and Services, referred to in this article as CARES) initially was created to treat addicted pregnant and postpartum women and their infants. CARES evolved into a residential treatment program for dually diagnosed mothers with their children. This paper is a synopsis of a presentation delivered at the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology. It shares a glimpse inside the treatment program and lessons learned along the way in an effort to assist others who are interested in building treatment programs for addicted women with their children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation
  • Child
  • Child Welfare / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Maternal Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Maternal Welfare / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control
  • Pregnancy Outcome / epidemiology
  • Program Development
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration
  • Smoking Cessation / methods
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers / organization & administration*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*