Designed to fill the gap between short-term inpatient and long-term outpatient and residential programs, the program offers approximately eight weeks of specialized, intensive treatment based on individual needs and strengths. The primary goal is to help women develop skills to maintain abstinence and manage PTSD symptoms. Veterans will have the opportunity to address specific trauma issues, including military sexual trauma. Other important issues such as medical, vocational, housing, family, and interpersonal problems will also be addressed as participants are encouraged to develop short- and long-term plans for their own recovery.
While the program takes into consideration each veteran's needs and preferences for treatment, all women entering the program must make a commitment to work on both PTSD and SUD, regardless of which one may be the primary problem at the time of admission. The program provides a residential setting where women veterans can safely begin this challenging process through a combination of group and individual therapies, educational activities, and medication management.
Sharon Baker, Ph.D.
Women's Integrated Treatment and Recovery Program
An affiliation of the National Center for PTSD
VA Boston Healthcare System
940 Belmont St.
Brockton, MA 02301