Couples therapy for drug abusing women in an inpatient setting: A pilot study

Terry S. Trepper, Eric E. McCollum, Mary E. Dankoski, S. K. Davis, Mary Ann LaFazia

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This article describes a pilot study to examine the usefulness of adding a couples therapy component to inpatient drug and alcohol treatment for women. The treatment model was modified from a 12-week integrative systems model that has been empirically supported in outpatient treatment settings. A team of student-therapists received intensive training and supervision in the modified version. This article discusses the ability of chemical dependency counselors to implement this model, includes pre and post treatment comparisons, and qualitative findings regarding the efficacy of the project. The treatment model promises to be usable, safe, and practical in inpatient settings, and merits a more thoroughgoing clinical trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-221
Number of pages21
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Couples therapy
  • Inpatient therapy
  • Substance abuse treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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