WHP sees addiction as a symptom of a larger problem common to HIV positive women: lifelong trauma.
To deal with the “syndemic” of HIV, trauma, and addiction, we integrate the treatment for trauma with the treatment for addiction. Using an intervention titled “Seeking Safety,” patients meet in small groups with a trained trauma and addiction specialist. Our study of this program demonstrated remarkable success reducing both PTSD symptoms and the use of drugs and alcohol. WHP also has excellent relationships with addiction services and are able to refer patients to inpatient-treatment when necessary.