International Journal of High Risk Behaviors and Addiction

Published by: Kowsar

Mothers in Substance Abuse Recovery: Perspectives on Motivators, Challenges and Family Involvement

Natalia A. Villegas 1 , * , Shonaly M. Chodhury 1 , Victoria B. Mitrani 1 and Jessica Guerra 1
Authors Information
1 School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Miami, USA
Article information
  • International Journal of High Risk Behaviors and Addiction: March 2017, 6 (1); e32558
  • Published Online: February 17, 2016
  • Article Type: Research Article
  • Received: August 19, 2015
  • Revised: November 19, 2015
  • Accepted: December 5, 2015
  • DOI: 10.5812/ijhrba.32558

To Cite: Villegas N A, Chodhury S M, B. Mitrani V, Guerra J. Mothers in Substance Abuse Recovery: Perspectives on Motivators, Challenges and Family Involvement, Int J High Risk Behav Addict. 2017 ; 6(1):e32558. doi: 10.5812/ijhrba.32558.

Copyright © 2016, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License ( which permits copy and redistribute the material just in noncommercial usages, provided the original work is properly cited.
1. Background
2. Objectives
3. Patients and Methods
4. Results
5. Discussion
  • 1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration , Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality . Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS): 2000-2010. National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services. 2012;
  • 2. Brady TM, Ashley OS. Women in substance abuse treatment: Results from the Alcohol and Drug Services Study (ADSS). 2005;
  • 3. Hser YI, Evans E, Huang D, Messina N. Long-term outcomes among drug-dependent mothers treated in women-only versus mixed-gender programs. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2011; 41(2): 115-23[DOI][PubMed]
  • 4. Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2004;
  • 5. Simmons LA, Havens JR, Whiting JB, Holz JL, Bada H. Illicit drug use among women with children in the United States: 2002-2003. Ann Epidemiol. 2009; 19(3): 187-93[DOI][PubMed]
  • 6. Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 51. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2009;
  • 7. Blume SB, Zilberman ML. Addiction in women. 2004;
  • 8. Greenfield SF, Brooks AJ, Gordon SM, Green CA, Kropp F, McHugh RK, et al. Substance abuse treatment entry, retention, and outcome in women: a review of the literature. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2007; 86(1): 1-21[DOI][PubMed]
  • 9. McCabe KM, Lansing AE, Garland A, Hough R. Gender differences in psychopathology, functional impairment, and familial risk factors among adjudicated delinquents. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2002; 41(7): 860-7[DOI][PubMed]
  • 10. Niccols A, Milligan K, Sword W, Thabane L, Henderson J, Smith A. Integrated programs for mothers with substance abuse issues: A systematic review of studies reporting on parenting outcomes. Harm Reduct J. 2012; 9: 14[DOI][PubMed]
  • 11. Hines L. The treatment views and recommendations of substance abusing women: A meta-synthesis. Qual Soc Work. 2012; : 1.4733250114328E+15
  • 12. Jackson A, Shannon L. Examining barriers to and motivations for substance abuse treatment among pregnant women: does urban-rural residence matter? Women Health. 2012; 52(6): 570-86[DOI][PubMed]
  • 13. McComish JF, Greenberg R, Ager J, Essenmacher L, Orgain LS, Bacik WJ. Family-focused substance abuse treatment: a program evaluation. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2003; 35(3): 321-31[DOI][PubMed]
  • 14. Scott-Lennox J, Rose R, Bohlig A, Lennox R. The impact of women's family status on completion of substance abuse treatment. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2000; 27(4): 366-79[PubMed]
  • 15. Mitrani VB, Feaster DJ, Weiss-Laxer NS, McCabe BE. Malaise, motivation and motherhood: predictors of engagement in behavioral interventions from a randomized controlled trial for HIV+ women in drug abuse recovery. AIDS Behav. 2011; 15(2): 396-406[DOI][PubMed]
  • 16. Saatcioglu O, Erim R, Cakmak D. Role of family in alcohol and substance abuse. Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2006; 60(2): 125-32[DOI][PubMed]
  • 17. Barroso J, Sandelowski M. Substance abuse in HIV-positive women. J Assoc Nurs AIDS Care. 2004; 15(5): 48-59
  • 18. Stanton MD. Getting reluctant substance abusers to engage in treatment/self-help: a review of outcomes and clinical options. J Marital Fam Ther. 2004; 30(2): 165-82[PubMed]
  • 19. Grosso JA, Epstein EE, McCrady BS, Gaba A, Cook S, Backer-Fulghum LM, et al. Women's motivators for seeking treatment for alcohol use disorders. Addict Behav. 2013; 38(6): 2236-45[DOI][PubMed]
  • 20. Sun AP. Relapse among substance-abusing women: components and processes. Subst Use Misuse. 2007; 42(1): 1-21[DOI][PubMed]
  • 21. Kruk E, Sandberg K. A home for body and soul: substance using women in recovery. Harm Reduct J. 2013; 10: 39[DOI][PubMed]
  • 22. Lavee Y, Altus D. Contemp Fam Ther. 2001; 23(4): 513-30[DOI]
  • 23. Feaster DJ, Burns MJ, Brincks AM, Prado G, Mitrani VB, Mauer MH, et al. Structural Ecosystems Therapy for HIV+ African-American women and drug abuse relapse. Fam Process. 2010; 49(2): 204-19[DOI][PubMed]
  • 24. Addressing the Needs of Women and Girls: Developing Core Competencies for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Professionals. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2011;
  • 25. Werner D, Young NK, Dennis K, Amatetti S. Family-Centered Treatment for Women with Substance Use Disorders - History, Key Elements and Challenges. 2007;
  • 26. w Creswell J. Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. 2009;
  • 27. Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research , National Institutes of Health . Qualitative methods in health research: opportunities and consideration in application and review. 2011;
  • 28. Patton M. Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods. 2001;
  • 29. Sandelowski M. Whatever happened to qualitative description? Res Nurs Health. 2000; 23(4): 334-40[DOI]
  • 30. Hsieh HF, Shannon SE. Three approaches to qualitative content analysis. Qual Health Res. 2005; 15(9): 1277-88[DOI][PubMed]
  • 31. Mitrani VB, McCabe BE, Burns MJ, Feaster DJ. Family mechanisms of structural ecosystems therapy for HIV-seropositive women in drug recovery. Health Psychol. 2012; 31(5): 591-600[DOI][PubMed]
  • 32. Hser YI, Evans E, Li L, Metchik-Gaddis A, Messina N. Children of treated substance-abusing mothers: A 10-year prospective study. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatr. 2013; : 1.359104513487E+15
  • 33. Corrigan PW, Watson AC, Miller FE. Blame, shame, and contamination: the impact of mental illness and drug dependence stigma on family members. J Fam Psychol. 2006; 20(2): 239-46[DOI][PubMed]
  • 34. Stringer KL. Stigma as a barrier to formal treatment for substance use: A gendered analysis. 2012;
  • 35. Haggerty KP, Skinner M, Fleming CB, Gainey RR, Catalano RF. Long-term effects of the Focus on Families project on substance use disorders among children of parents in methadone treatment. Addiction. 2008; 103(12): 2008-16[DOI][PubMed]
  • 36. Greenfield SF, Back SE, Lawson K, Brady KT. Substance abuse in women. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2010; 33(2): 339-55[DOI][PubMed]
  • 37. Wechsberg WM, Luseno W, Ellerson RM. Reaching women substance abusers in diverse settings: stigma and access to treatment 30 years later. Subst Use Misuse. 2008; 43(8-9): 1277-9[DOI][PubMed]
  • 38. Santisteban DA, Suarez-Morales L, Robbins MS, Szapocznik J. Brief strategic family therapy: lessons learned in efficacy research and challenges to blending research and practice. Fam Process. 2006; 45(2): 259-71[PubMed]
Creative Commons License Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International License .

Search Relations:



Create Citiation Alert
via Google Reader

Readers' Comments