Online Program

Enhancing substance abuse treatment for women through case management services

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Kimberly Parks, Department of Public Health, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Laurie Meschke, PhD, Public Health, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Women in need of substance abuse treatment face challenges in their recoveries, continued sobriety, and productive functioning in society. Histories of physical and mental abuse, physical and mental health problems, parenting and family issues, and housing and transportation issues are obstacles to successful treatment for these women. Case management services can enhance the effectiveness of treatment programs by providing practical support to clients that addresses their individual needs and goals. Randomized assignment placed women into either a control or treatment group. The control group received a standard four-month substance abuse treatment program and the treatment group received one year of weekly meetings with a case manager in addition to the same standard treatment program. A total of 66 women with complete data were included in the analyses (Ncontrol = 45 and Ntreatment = 21). The treatment group had significantly greater increases in mental competence, emotional well-being, levels of belonging, and levels of appraisal at the end of the study compared to the control group. Measures of drug problems, legal problems, and family/social problems were less for the treatment group compared to the control group at study completion. Baseline mental, physical, social, and family factors will also be examined as factors of treatment success. Identification of supports and obstacles can promote recovery success and help tailor the case manager's interactions with their clients more effectively.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Compare health and social outcomes between women who complete a standard substance abuse treatment program and women who complete standard treatment plus case management services Identify initial mental, physical, social, and family factors that may significantly impact the efficacy of the treatment

Keyword(s): Substance Abuse, Case Management

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a graduate research assistant to the PI and I have been involved in the analyses of the project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.