Drug and alcohol dependency is not limited to men -- the emerging number of womens rehab centers across the US testifies to this fact.
Womens rehab centers are an effort to help women get specialized treatment if they have fallen prey to chemical dependency and want to start down the path away from addiction and towards recovery.
Womens-only treatment centers have programs designed for women's specific needs. Like all treatment programs, they have the standard features meant to help women recover (such as detoxification to flush substances out of the body) and eventually allow them to overcome substance dependence. However, they do not stop there.
Besides aiming to help physiological healing, womens rehab centers feature programs aimed at helping guests get better both emotionally and spiritually. These sessions, which range from experiential therapies like equine therapy to yoga and meditation to spiritual groups, help women focus on getting in touch with their spiritual side -- something they might have lost while struggling with addiction.
Change of environment is key to womens recovery from addiction.
Many cases of female chemical dependency are traced back to emotional triggers, like a past conflict or traumatic event. This is particularly evident for women who have a dual diagnosis, such as when they suffer from mental conditions like anxiety or depression that overlap with their addiction.
A womens-only rehab lets women stay in a place which is actually conducive to healing. Not only does this help them get past their addiction, but it also addresses emotional issues. This holistic approach lets women achieve a healthy sense of wholeness which prevents further relapse and chemical dependency.
How New Directions for Women Helps
At New Directions for Women, we take a holistic approach to rehab, offering services that include yoga, experiential therapy, gardening, art, physical exercise, and psychodrama in addition to traditional group and individual therapies.
Our experiential therapies include a wide variety of opportunities -- notably hiking, rock climbing, and equine therapy -- in order to challenge clients' personal limits and give them an experiential avenue towards growth and healing. Our equine therapy program is particularly popular.
This consists of grooming the horse, leading it, and then guiding it through obstacles. We find that working around horses elicits a range of reactions in clients (some joyful, some fearful, many in between) which we then discuss and review in groups.
This gives patients a new and different way to connect with their own feelings, allowing them to become better aware of their communication abilities and improve them. As a Twelve Steps based program, treatment includes Twelve Steps meetings as well.
Thanks to more than 33 years of experience helping treat women as well as their families, we've successfully applied the Twelve Steps foundation to address our clients needs of the body, spirit, and mind.
We understand that chronic drug or alcohol dependency takes a much heavier toll, physically speaking, on women than it does on men. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, or NIAA, addiction-related medical problems (like brain, liver, and heart damage) progress far faster for women than they do for men.
This means that the sooner you or the woman you love gets help, the better.
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