Sexual Health in Recovery: A Professional Counselor’s Manual
Author: Douglas Braun-Harvey
Based on a curriculum that was successfully implemented and evaluated at Stepping Stone, a drug, and alcohol treatment program in San Diego, Sexual Health in Recovery offers counselors a chance to understand and integrate basic sexual health principles into their work. Addiction treatment professionals and their clients will then be able to comfortably and safely address sexual issues that may impede recovery and thus have a greater chance at successful treatment. Key Topics include, Assessing a client’s sex/drug-linked relapse risk, Improving counselor confidence in talking about sexual issues, Dealing with out-of-control sexual behavior, Understanding how a client’s sexual attitudes and values may help or impede recovery, Discussing a client’s sexual past when it impacts recovery, Encouraging client’s sexual health while in recovery, Helping clients set expectations for sexual relationships while in recovery, and Overcoming counselor ambivalence about addressing sexual issues in treatment.