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Extended care for women: A personal success story

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by Dori Corrado Gay No Comments

I chose transitional living after spending six weeks at Mountainside inpatient treatment because I knew I was not ready to return home. I came to Eden Hill expecting to only stay two months. It was easy to assimilate into the family oriented environment and I began to feel at home quickly. I soon made friends that I still have to this day, 12 months later. The structured day helped me transition from an inpatient facility. The mandatory attendance of meetings is important to build a foundation for recovery. It encourages the residents to begin meeting with a sponsor and working on the steps early while healing ourselves through the program is our main focus. Daily reflections were helpful for the women in the house to see where everyone was at for the day, identifying our mindset that day and if there were any problems that needed to be addressed.

There are always staff members available to talk. Janet is a wonderful therapist who is at the house for individual sessions and also facilitates groups. Dori sees the families of residents to help repair the years of damage our addictions have caused. The importance of family therapy was evident to me even while in treatment. Dori helped facilitate calm communication regarding specific issues between my parents, my sister and I. This was no small task. After being at the house for about a month and a half, my dad died. The entire house came to my rescue. My best friend that I met at the house came home with me for the services and did not leave my side. All the staff and residents offered their support and love. Extended care for women: A personal success story

It was at this time I learned the importance of asking for help, and accepting it. I learned what real friendship was here. I ended up staying four months longer than expected, but I never stopped growing. Eden Hill facilitated improvement within myself and within my family that allowed me to get a job and return to school. Although Eden Hill provided more protection and support than I can explain in the difficult days I experienced in early sobriety, the help did not end when I was no longer a resident. Former residents are welcomed back with open arms. Tara and Dori still make time for my family and me in good times and bad times. Having such an amazing support system of women that I began developing at Eden Hill has allowed me to chase my goals and return to school. It allows me to venture out and do things that have previously scared me because the foundation of support that Eden Hill created follows me in all areas of my life.

Women’s Transitional Extended Care or Sober Living Homes?

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by Dori Corrado Gay No Comments

Aftercare for women who complete an inpatient, primary care facility for substance abuse can be transitional extended care or a sober living home. She has to decide whether she is ready and able to return home or if a more structured facility is a better choice. There are several options.

The first is to return home and go to AA meetings. This is usually very difficult because the personal relationships, triggers and issues are the same. Twenty eight days sober is so little time to prepare her for returning to her home environment where she will face the environment that fostered her addiction initially.

Women’s Transitional Extended Care or Sober Living Homes?Sometimes women will elect to go to an outpatient facility near their home where there is some accountability in terms of random testing for drugs and alcohol. While programs vary there are usually group meetings 3-5 times per week as well as a weekly session with a substance abuse counselor and/or psychotherapist. Outpatient is a better alternative to trying to succeed by herself but it does not address relationship issues and family stressors in which she finds herself enmeshed.

Another option is a traditional sober house. Most sober houses require that a woman has a job. She is living with other women in recovery and there is random testing. Under most circumstances the sober house does not provide therapy or monitor her activities on a daily basis. They provide a sober environment and the support of other women but not therapy, career counseling or professional staff.

A transitional living facility like Eden Hill provides a more structured environment. There is 24/7 staff coverage, individual therapy on premises with a licensed therapist and daily group sessions that address underlying emotional issues as well as providing tools that prepare the resident for her return home. While Eden Hill is 12-step based, therapy and substance abuse counseling are an integral part of the program as is an emphasis on healthy lifestyle and exercise. A membership to a fitness center is included in the fee because physical health is yet another component of long term sobriety. There is a two month minimum because it takes that amount of time to help a woman adjust to a sober lifestyle, work on mind/body issues and repair the relationships that have been devastated by the disease of addiction. Once a week a yoga/mediation specialist come to Eden Hill to work with the women on tools to help them learn how to self soothe without alcohol and drugs.

Deciding on your course of action after a 28 day program is crucial to the success of your sobriety. Consider the long term rewards of sobriety rather than the short term sacrifice of the appropriate aftercare.

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