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[Tile text, Dr. Jones Discusses Program Success with Opioid Dependent Women]
Dr. Jones speaking: We treat the mother and the child together, as well as separately for the issues that they might be facing around and related to the substance use disorder that the mother had. Other aspects of our program that make it successful for helping women stay well include the opportunity to put a resume together, to have practice interviewing for jobs and actually have practice getting a job and what that’s like to keep that job. Other aspects of our program that make is successful are the peer support specialists. These individuals have lived, experienced, have been in sustained recovery for more than two years and represent role models for new women coming into treatment. They can provide that kind of glue that keeps our treatment together… going and doing outreach, helping to take women to N-A and A-A meetings if that is appropriate, helping to take them to other social service appointments and really functioning as that role model, that big sister, that person to help give them advice and guidance and be a listening ear. Other aspects of our program that make it successful include the maternal child therapy that we do. So, we have maternal child therapists that actually go into the home and help mom understand where her parenting practices came from? What are the strengths that she’s bringing to the relationship, what are the child’s strengths that the child is bringing to the relationship? What does it mean to provide discipline rather than punishment? How to navigate bedtime routines and feeding routines and how to have healthy communication styles.
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