A Qualitative Study of Exodus Graduates: Family-Focused Residential Substance Abuse Treatment as an Option for Mothers to Retain or Regain Custody and Sobriety in Los Angeles, California.
Einbinder, Susan D.
California State University.
Published: July/August 2010
Vol. 89, No. 4 , p. 29-45
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
727 15th Street, NW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
In this article, 21 long-term, poly-substance abusing mothers describe how they successfully completed an 18-month family-focused residential substance abuse treatment program in southern California that helped them retain or regain custody of their children. Their stories and experiences with specific program characteristics and approaches of this rare treatment option are described, in their own voices. Policy implications for child welfare and parental substance abuse treatment are examined in light of these success stories. (Author abstract)
substance abusing parents; substance abusing mothers; substance abuse treatment; drug treatment programs; residential treatment; California; family preservation; family reunification