Co-occuring disorders. Research has shown that mental health difficulties are more pronounced, and more frequently diagnosed in women with alcohol and substance use disorders. Women are therefore far more likely to seek help for themselves in a mental health or primary care setting instead of substance abuse treatment centers.
Eden Hill has professionals trained to provide evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, eating disorders and more. Our consulting Psychiatrist can be a resource to help moderate chemical mood disorders as our team of therapists and counselors combine best-practice therapeutic treatment with compassion and care.
Self-Image & Self-Care. Frequently in active addiction, self-care can become a secondary concern. This can be especially challenging for women, as many have received a social message to strive for physical perfection and derive self-worth based on external appearances.
Taking care of one's body and health for the benefit of the individual can be a huge boost to self-esteem, self-acceptance and ultimately self-love. This only encourages growth and the pursuit of "sober" behaviors.
Women and Trauma. Co-dependency, physical and sexual abuse, promiscuous behavior and low self-esteem are all too common in female alcoholics. Many women in active addiction and alcoholism have exhibited behaviors with men that stem from repressed trauma, low self-worth and are often difficult to reconcile in sobriety. By removing men from the immediate environment, women begin to examine and heal these wounds with the support of those who have shared similar experiences.
Some women arriving from long-term inpatient treatment are ready to address this trauma and begin deep therapeutic treatment like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Others are apt to benefit from a lighter treatment like Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Another approach we take is to teach DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Theory) skills to help women cope with trauma on a daily basis. Delving into deeply repressed trauma can be dangerous and detrimental to a woman's recovery. We are very careful to ensure best-practice by addressing trauma in the safest way; by teaching women to understand how their trauma affects them (bodily, mentally and spiritually) and techniques to navigate their lives and recovery.
Stigma of Addiction. For a long time we have known that there are just as many female alcoholics and addicts are there are men, yet women are far less likely to pursue substance use treatment. Perhaps this again reflects societal pressures to be "perfect" mothers, daughters, sisters and wives, and to do so effortlessly and gracefully. Studies also show that women are more likely to report the feeling of shame or embarrassment in seeking treatment for substance use. We have designed this treatment center exclusively for women so that they may seek help and safety with gender-specific programming and support to fully recover and address difficult topics.