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Exploring the factors influencing relapse and recovery among drug and alcohol addicted women.

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Texas at Arlington, USA.


1. Both women who were in treatment for relapse to and in sustained recovery from drugs and alcohol had multiple co-occurring addictions such as relationship, spending, food, and shopping that complicated the recovery process. 2. Depression is a major trigger for relapse in women with alcohol and drug problems. Recognition and treatment of depression is critical to achieve successful outcomes of treatment for these women, and teaching them to monitor their mood changes and seek help will improve the chances of preventing relapse. 3. Subjects in neither the relapse nor recovery sample recognized the significant influence of current violent partnerships or the ending of a violent relationship on their relapse or recovery.

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