Study delineated entry pathways women take into mandated addiction treatment and their perceptions of treatment effectiveness. A survey was developed and administered to 30 women across four addiction facilities in New York. Only 24% of women reported using drugs themselves. The majority, 60%, reported being in treatment because someone in their household had used drugs, with 13% reporting that neither they nor anyone in household used drugs but the household engaged in drug sales. Many women were arrested for shoplifting, prostitution, domestic violence, etc.; the arrest revealed household's involvement with drugs, often because women answered drug-use questions to avoid prison time and obtain alternative sentencing in drug treatment. For some, to gain custody of the woman's children, her spouse or parent reported the woman for drugs, child neglect/abuse; investigation revealed drugs in the home. For some women, applications for food stamps or aid led to mandated treatment, because applicants are typically required to answer questions about substances, and even past use can precipitate mandated treatment. A trend emerged in client satisfaction with treatment based on entry pathway. Women in treatment because someone in household was involved with, but not using, drugs were very satisfied; women who used drugs themselves were moderately satisfied; women whose partners used drugs were not satisfied. Since 60% of the women mandated into treatment did not use substances, many appear to be placed in treatment environments meant for different populations. This thesis therefore discusses whether their placement in drug treatment is appropriate, resource efficient, and ethical.
|Advisor:||Cumella, Edward J.|
|Commitee:||Burke, John, Gilston, Alyssa|
|Department:||School of Arts & Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Psychology, Criminology|
|Keywords:||Custody, Pregnancy, Stigma, Substance abuse, Treatment, Women|
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