If you are like most women who suffer from a severe and prolonged addictive disorder, the concept of sitting in an estrogen-polluted room for hours on end every day for 3 months probably seems equivalent to purgatory. The deeper I fell into my own personal struggle with alcoholism and anorexia, the less time I wanted to spend with other women. Women were a threat to me – they were competition, they were catty and cruel, they talked behind my back and called me names. Or was that all in my head? Truth be told, I had pushed myself far away from all of the women in my life, essentially because I knew they were nurturing and supportive and would call me out to my face if given the chance. I entered the process with resistance, planning to stick to myself and avoid all the “drama” I mistakenly believed was so unavoidable. As it so turned out, what I had judgmentally and narrow-mindedly expected was not the reality of the experience in the least.
What Should I Expect? Female-Specific Rehab
There are several unwavering staples of female-specific drug rehab that I believe it is safe for every woman entering into recovery to expect. First of all, expect the same basic structure that you should expect from any reputable drug and alcohol rehab, with a few female-oriented alterations. The majority of the day will be comprised of numerous intensive, therapeutic group sessions. Some will revolve around uncovering and addressing underlying causes of addiction, while others will be geared towards more specific issues – perhaps relationships, or effective communication, or relapse prevention. Expect to bare all in front of the women you are in treatment with (emotionally speaking, of course). Expect to get slightly uncomfortable in this regard, remembering that growth only truly happens outside of our comfort zones. Finally, expect to begin fostering what will inevitably be lifelong friendships with many of the women you meet. You will quickly come to find that the nurturing love, support, and reliability that women provide is both essential and unmatched.
Rehab for Women
We at Willow Place for Women understand that female-specific treatment is crucial to women attempting to overcome a life-threatening dual diagnosis such as substance dependency and an eating disorder. We have carefully designed our comprehensive program of recovery to adequately deal with all female-related issues, teaching women to not only love themselves, but to love and respect one another. For more information on our gender-specific, women’s recovery center, please contact one of our representatives today.