"Eighty to 90 percent of the women in our treatment program, in all programs, have been significantly abused in their life," says Marsha Nadell Penrose, executive director of The Next Step, a 14-bed intensive treatment center in Albany, N.Y. "It's a vicious cycle: You get abused, which makes you end up drinking.
You drink, so you end up getting abused."
But many programs fail to address that cycle.
And few programs offer childcare.
The Next Step
, one of three women's programs in upstate New York, made a deliberate choice not to provide quarters for children, and Penrose
thinks it's a double-edged sword.
"The women usually feel terribly guilty when they first get here because their children are in foster care," she
"A lot of them are kids who never grew up and now, frequently, they have babies themselves," says Penrose