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Addressing Sexual Issues in Addictions Treatment.

Counselor 2008;9(4):28-36.

Louise F. Haynes, MSW (Medical University of South Carolina, SC Node), Donald A. Calsyn, PhD (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, PN Node), Susan Tross, PhD (New York State Psychiatric Institute, LI Node).

This article presents a case for why counselors need to discuss sexual issues with their clients more frequently, provides suggestions to help counselors address this important issue, and identifies where the field needs to go in the future to further address this issue. It addresses how sexuality and addiction to alcohol and drugs are intertwined in a complex fashion, which requires counseling skills that most counselors possess, but may not be currently using to address these issues. Helping clients connect the dots between sexuality and drug abuse relapse can improve their ability to sustain recovery. The article also describes two National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network studies, CTN-0018 and CTN-0019, which were designed to test gender-specific interventions to reduce HIV sexual risk behavior among clients in drug treatment programs. Additionally, the authors include a list of ten sample sexual assessment questions and a set of recommended components for a counselor training agenda of the sex/drug connection. (Magazine article, PDF, English, 2008)

Keywords: Clinical supervision | Community health services | Counselors | Gender-specific interventions | HIV/AIDS | Sexual risk behavior | Sexually transmitted diseases | Counselor (magazine)

Document No: 327

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