An Integrated Model of Recovery

Eden Hill's Extended Care Women's Program offers a comprehensive approach to treating substance use and co-occuring disorders. 

We combine best-practice Therapeutic Treatments and Lifestyle & Wellness Programming with our unique model of Structured Independence

Therapeutic Program

A woman's experience in addiction brings about a unique set of challenges. Our program takes into account mental and social factors, which helps our female residents understand these personal challenges and the disease of addiction.

Your stay at Eden Hill includes individual therapy, three daily groups, personalized treatment and aftercare plans, wellness & lifestyle programming and psychiatric consulting (optional). Together these elements encourage self-reflection, provide structure & personal accountability and become the foundation for long-term recovery.

Components of our
Therapeutic Program:

Clinical and Therapeutic
Tools and Methods:

  • Weekly individual session with a licensed therapist
  • Weekly individual session with a Certified Addictions Counselor
  • Three group sessions each weekday (16 hours per week)
  • 24/7 on-site supervision
  • Family Therapy with an LMFT
  • Supervised random drug and alcohol testing through laboratory diagnostics
  • Development of Treatment Plan
  • Development of Transitioning and Relapse Prevention Plans for life after Eden Hill
  • Psychological and Psychosocial assessments upon admission
  • Individual Psychotherapy 
  • 12-Step Recovery Programs
  • Imago Relationship Therapy
  • Yoga and Meditation Group
  • Eye Movement Destabilization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Lessons from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) workbook
  • Somatic Experiencing and Bilateral Stimulation
  • Nutrition and Body Image Group
  • Complimentary gym membership

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is extremely effective in helping women in recovery come to terms with their past, as they look forward to personal growth in recovery. Depression, anxiety and trauma are all too common in female alcoholics and addicts, and therapy provides a safe environment to discuss these challenging topics. The individual therapists at Eden Hill are licensed professionals with a specialty in addiction treatment. They employ a variety of modalities to best treat each individual.

Our Approach to Trauma Therapy

Eden Hill's Clinical Director, Wendy Walker Cleary, LCSW, has decades of experience working with women who are diagnosed with co-occurring disorders; treating women simultaneously presenting substance use, mood disorders and eating disorders. In her career she found a strong correlation with trauma in these women and has developed expertise in evidence-based methods like Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Somatic Experiencing and Bilateral Stimulation. Another of our therapists, Lisa O'Neill, MS, LMFT, is a Trauma Specialist who employs state-of-the-art methods like Eye Movement Destabilization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

We are extremely sensitive to the needs of each individual client. EFT, Somatic Experiencing and Bilateral Stimulation are techniques we use to help residents cope with trauma in their everyday lives rather than uncovering where the trauma stems from. EMDR is an intense and extensive process to uncover buried and highly emotional memories. If a woman who is at Eden Hill for several months feels prepared and wishes to delve into these memories, we have the resources to do so. Taking into account her length of stay and psychological condition, we determine best-practice for success in recovery. Part of a resident's personalized treatment plan includes selecting the appropriate therapist to maximize chances of long-term recovery developed at Eden Hill.

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Group Therapy

Group Therapy at Eden Hill is conducted in a safe, supportive environment by licensed professionals. During the morning group residents reflect on a selected reading, set intentions for the day and, if necessary, check in with the group about a challenge they are facing.

That group is followed by Recovery Growth which can include reading and discussing recovery literature, creative self-expression to address difficult topics or developing pertinent life skills to help each woman grow in her recovery. On Fridays residents participate in a Yoga and Meditation group with a pioneer in the Mind, Body, Spirit approach to treating addiction and alcoholism. Due to our size we are able to adapt groups to best help our current census. 

Our afternoon groups include: Psychotherapy Processing Group, Women's Way Through the 12 Steps, Weekly Goals, Relapse Prevention and each Friday one woman shares her personal story with the group in the intimate and comfortable living room of our home.

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Family Therapy

Eden Hill’s Founder and Owner Dori Gay, LMFT opened the house as a safe place for a women with a family to address her substance use and the effects it has upon the family unit. We continue to place a strong emphasis on working with residents’ families and loved ones—those who are often most directly affected by the behaviors frequently associated with substance use.

Based on each resident’s family situation, we offer counseling for women and their romantic partners, children, parents, siblings and any loved ones. We also work to facilitate healthy communication between family members through conference calls with our licensed professionals.

Perhaps the most therapeutic element of this family program are the weekend Family Visits. Again, dependent on each resident, families are welcome to visit on Saturdays and Sundays and take residents to lunch, shopping or to explore our beautiful part of the world.

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Psychiatric Treatment

Many residents visit our consulting Psychiatrist, Randall Dwenger MD, who has decades of experience in addiction medicine. Stabilizing mood disorders increases success in individual and group therapy, communal living and general well-being. We are supportive of residents who want to include Vivitrol, Antibuse or Naltrexone as part of their treatment plan, but cannot accommodate MAT such as Methadone or Suboxone.

Addressing Wellness and Lifestyle


Addiction is a disease that attacks ALL aspects of one's life, and taking care of one's physical and spiritual health is of paramount importance. Many individuals in active addiction and alcoholism may neglect their health, bodies, household and hobbies which they are passionate about.

An Everyday Practice

In sobriety the practice of self-love includes maintaining a healthy diet, participating in physical activity, and cultivating mindfulness and meditation practice. We strongly believe that an important aspect of wellness is for women to partake in activities outside of the therapeutic programming that bring joy. Commitment to these practices helps build self-esteem and support long-term sobriety. 

At Eden Hill we promote wellness by offering a weekly yoga and meditation group, complimentary gym membership, a refrigerator and pantry filled with healthy and nutritious ingredients and home-cooked meals each night of the week.

We believe lifestyle wellness is also built by smaller tasks such as making one's own bed first thing in the morning. This way you have accomplished something before you have even gone downstairs for groups! Having a regular schedule throughout the day builds time management skills as you are responsible for attending all groups on time to advance in the Phase System and also because you are accountable to fellow residents to show up and participate.

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