Strength-Based Treatment

A Treatment Model for Women

The manual offered on this page was written for substance abuse disorder (SUD) treatment professionals who want to explore strength-based approaches.  Although it was written with the needs of women in mind, the strength-based approach, and most of the tools developed for this manual, are equally relevant to the treatment of men.

Strength-based approaches are not only more humane, but also in most cases more effective, than traditional confrontive or coercive approaches.  They're less likely to raise defenses, more likely to inspire cooperation, and more likely to heal the wounds that often underlie substance use disorders and the many other conditions that so often accompany them.

Pam Woll wrote A Strength-Based Approach Toward Addiction Treatment for Women for, and under the guidance of, the multi-agency Chicago Practice Improvement Collaborative (CPIC), headed by Principal Investigator Arthur Lurigio, PhD of Loyola University Chicago and coordinated by Beth Epstein, formerly of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities;  the University of Illinois at Chicago, with Judith Levy, PhD providing principal direction;  and the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center.