Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CGP, CST treats men with consensual out-of-control sexual behavior and is adjunct faculty at San Diego State University. He is an international trainer bridging principles of sexual health within drug and alcohol treatment. Author of “Sexual Health in Recovery: professional counselor’s manual” (2011) & “Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: group facilitator’s manual” (2009).This award winning sexual health in drug and alcohol treatment curriculum has been implemented by pioneering private and public funded addiction treatment services throughout the United States.


Men and women with high levels of sex/drug-linked relapse risk are underserved within current drug and alcohol treatment. Sex/drug-linked pattern of addiction not directly and positively addressed in drug and alcohol treatment contributes to treatment failure, relapse, and intractable rates of client retention. Doug Braun-Harvey’s Sexual health in recovery pathway Model assesses client sex/drug-linked pattern of addiction, determines level of sex/drug-linked relapse risk and provides individual and psycho-educational group sexual health based relapse prevention interventions. This presentation will propose future study designs incorporating Braun-Harvey’s Sexual health in recovery pathway. Studies are needed to investigate two specific promising treatment outcomes. One, 50% improvement in client retention compared with the 3 years prior to the implementation of the sexual health relapse prevention program. Second, 250 study participants at highest risk for sex/drug-linked relapse entered treatment with double the measured levels of shame when compared with the lower risk sex/drug-linked clients. Three months later, after completing the sexual health intervention, this high-risk group lowered their shame levels to the same range as clients who entered treatment with low sex/drug-linked histories. After three years of sexual health in recovery program implementation the highest percentage of client retention was now the high sex/drug-linked clients who had previously been the lowest rate of treatment completion. Sexual health approaches for sex/drug-linked relapse prevention is a promising new therapy for increasing client retention and realigning drug and alcohol treatment to integrate sexual health as an ally for improving addiction treatment.