Barriers to Integrated Treatment of Substance Abuse and Trauma Among Women

Joan Marie Blakey, Pamela H. Bowers

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Abstract

Despite increasing empirical support for an integrated approach to treating trauma and substance abuse, many substance abuse treatment programs have been slow to embrace integrated models of practice. Using an embedded case study design, the purpose of this study was to understand barriers that prevented a substance abuse treatment provider and 20 professionals and staff from adopting an integrated approach to treating substance abuse and trauma. Data analysis revealed 2 kinds of barriers that prevented substance abuse treatment professionals from fully integrating substance abuse and trauma: systemic and professional barriers. These barriers have to be taken into account when trying to move providers and professionals toward integrated approaches to treating substance abuse and trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-272
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • barriers
  • embedded case study
  • integrated approach
  • qualitative study
  • substance abuse treatment
  • trauma
  • women

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