Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment

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Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment

SKU# 9780826120151

Group Facilitator’s Manual

Author: Douglas Braun-Harvey MA, MFT, CGP, CST


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Braun-Harvey's manual deserves to become widely adopted at treatment centers across the United States and beyond. His approach offers an effective method for mitigating the shame that binds people to their addictions. In doing so, it may help pave the way to protracted recovery."--Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery

The curriculum...provides a vision for chemical dependency treatment I have attempted to address for many years. This looks like an approach that finally meets this need."

--Eli Coleman, PhD
Director of the Program in Human Sexuality
University of Minnesota

In this new evidence-based curriculum...Doug Braun-Harvey challenges our attitudes and beliefs, as well as our traditional ways of providing treatment....This material on sexual health can help to provide a missing piece for many recovering addicts."

--Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW
Author, Women and Addiction: A Gender-Responsive Approach

For men and women in addiction recovery, sexual behavior linked with drug or alcohol use is too often the primary reason for relapse. When sexuality is not directly and positively addressed in drug and alcohol treatment, it can result in treatment failure or relapse.

This group facilitator's guide introduces a pioneering, evidence-based curriculum, designed to integrate concepts of sexual health, current sex research, and recent developments in relapse prevention research. With this guide, group facilitators can offer clients a positive and safe forum within which to understand and change their sex/drug- linked behaviors.

Key Features:

  • Requires no specialized training, and can be integrated into a wide variety of treatment programs with all types of clientele
  • Contains lesson plans on dating and relationships, spirituality and sexuality, non-consensual sex, out-of-control sexual behavior, and more
  • Complete with suggested group activities, guided discussions, questions, role- plays, and more
  • Has been proven to improve client retention and decrease sexual behavioral problems

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 27, 2009
  • Page Count 344
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826120151
  • EISBN 9780826120168

About The Author(s) 

Douglas Braun-Harvey, LMFT, CGP, CST, is a sexual health author, trainer, and psychotherapist who bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013, Doug Braun-Harvey cofounded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting, and supervision service for improving health care through integration of sexual health. He teaches and trains nationally and internationally, linking sexual health principles with drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment. Since 1993, he has been developing and implementing a sexual health-based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). Previous publications includeSexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual (2011) and Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual (2009). He has earned several distinctions, including the 2013 Carne’s Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, a 2011 Sexual Intelligence Award, the 2011 President’s Award from the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals, and the 2011 Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Western Region Public Service Award for promoting sexual health awareness and providing the intellectual framework for integrating sexology and chemical dependency. Mr. Braun-Harvey is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT), certified group psychotherapist (CGP), and certified sex therapist (AASECT Certified). He is on the web at and in private practice in San Diego, California.

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Table of Contents 

Introduction: The Creation of the Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment Curriculum
Note to Group Leader
Orientation Module

1 Sex / Drug-Linked Relapse Risk
2 Sexual Decisions in Recovery
3 Dating and Sexual Relationships in Recovery

4 Motivations for Sex in Recovery
5 Talking about Sexual Health
6 Spirituality and Sexuality in Recovery

7 Sexual Development
8 Nonconsensual Sex
9 Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior

10 Sexual Functioning in Recovery
11 Sexual Boundaries in Recovery
12 Relationship with My Body