Sexuality, when not directly and positively addressed in recovery, contributes to treatment failure and relapse. Sexual health in recovery outlines pioneering sexual health-based drug and alcohol counseling relapse prevention skills to increase client retention and improve treatment outcomes. Attendees will learn about the “Sexual Health in Recovery Pathway” (SHRP), a comprehensive screening, assessment and treatment intervention process to understand each individual’s sex/drug-linked relapse risk. This session will also examine eight principles – from sex research, addiction treatment, harm-reduction and relapse prevention guiding addiction treatment professionals to contemplate and implement sex/drug-linked relapse prevention programming. The workshop will introduce assessment and a pathway model for counselors to provide sex/drug-linked relapse prevention interventions at all stages of client recovery. The workshop concludes with four core sexual health themes that develop sex-positive drug and alcohol counseling skills, increase counselor willingness and confidence, and clinically organize client sex/drug-linked relapse risk factors within both individual and psycho-educational relapse prevention groups.
At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Explain sexual health approaches for sex/drug-linked relapse prevention to integrate within current practices within drug and alcohol treatment programs
- Participants will discuss approaches to integrate six fundamentals of sexual health within drug and alcohol treatment programs.
- Describe personal, professional and agency stage of readiness for sexual health in drug and alcohol treatment skills and interventions.
- Explain how sexual health and sexual health principles are allies for improving treatment outcomes.]
- Describe how people merge the ideas of sex addiction and sex and drug linked behavior.
- Demonstrate how to integrate assessment for sex-drug linked behavior at all stages of therapy.
- Demonstrate engaging and effective experiential exercises for clients that can be implemented in drug and alcohol treatment.