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Women’s Substance Abuse Extended Care Program Success Rate

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Dori Corrado Gay No Comments

Eden Hill, a substance abuse extended care program for women in recovery from drugs and alcohol conducted a survey to determine how many women remained in recovery after they completed the two month program. The time frame analyzed was between January, 2011 and January, 2014. The percentage of women who remained clean and sober was 78%!

Because Eden Hill is a small, 12 bed facility the staff is able to keep contact via text, email and Facebook with most of the former residents. Those that were surveyed had stayed the recommended minimum of two months. In some cases the former residents did not respond to phone calls or texts. The assumption was made that these women had relapsed and that is why they did not respond. In some cases we knew that other residents had relapsed because they kept contact with other former residents.

This analysis is an endorsement of the need for aftercare upon leaving inpatient treatment. According to Lash and Blosser, 1999 , addicts and alcoholics who have been in an inpatient treatment program have a high proportion of relapse within three months of a return back to their home community. A program like Eden Hill gives women a chance to slowly transition back to their homes while they address psychological and family relationship issues which can negatively impact their chance for long- term recovery. Eden Hill has found that helping women increase their self -esteem is a key component in decreasing relapse rates.

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) commissioned a study by National Evaluation Data Services to determine the effectiveness of women’s substance abuse treatment programs (NEDS, 2001). They reported that “historically, substance abuse treatment programs have been designed for the needs of a predominately male client population. Despite growing demand for substance abuse treatment for women, information about the types of treatment services that are most effective for women is limited.” However, this report concluded that women only treatment programs along with those enhanced with therapy provide a “value added to the base rate effects of standard treatment programs”.

http://www.in.gov/idoc/files/21_womens_meta_analysis.pdf

The women only program at Eden Hill provides women with a chance to form friendships with other women who understand their issues. Many times women who suffer from substance abuse problems have a history of low self esteem and unhealthy relationships with men. Working on relapse prevention as well as issues specific to women can improve the chances for long term success.

I am an alcoholic

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by Dori Corrado Gay No Comments

I am an alcoholic. As I look back, I believe I always drank alcoholically, although my life was manageable until a few years ago. I never entertained the possibility or the reality that I was indeed an alcoholic until I found myself alone, without a job and unable to get through even a small portion of my day without drinking. About 18 months ago I was admitted to a local Detox unit for the first time, with a blood alcohol level of 4.16. I remained an inpatient for 7 days and was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation center for an additional 21 days. I clearly remember my discharge date and my thoughts that while feeling so much better, certainly I was not the alcoholic person I was diagnosed to be. After all, I grew up in an alcoholic family and had a bloodline of alcoholic relatives – I did not perceive myself even remotely similar. I was convinced that this was just a mistake and that I could control my drinking. I proceeded to continue my life as I had been. I was readmitted to Detox, had various visits to emergency rooms due to falls and highly elevated blood alcohol levels. I even agreed to an outpatient therapy program. I clearly remember on Halloween evening though, calling my dearest friend for help (who is also in program and was enjoying her 4th year of sobriety). I knew at that point that I was unable to stop drinking and was begging for help. What I did not know was that this was a turning point for me. I was readmitted to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. By this time I had been characterized as a chronic relapser, and it was suggested to me that I consider a long term rehabilitation center. I can’t begin to share with you my feelings of bewilderment, disbelief and fear. Eden Hill Recovery Center was suggested as an option for treatment, and after much crying and praying, the decision was made to travel to CT. There I was met by a caring, concerned staff and treated with dignity, compassion and respect. It is there that I finally was able to comprehend the seriousness of my disease, and begin the journey of recovery. I was frightened and lonely, but slowly began to recover. I remained at Eden Hill for 4 ½ months, each day gaining hope, strength and insight. I was a resident during the holiday season, celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and I welcomed in the New Year at Eden Hill. My new “family” helped me recognize the rewards of and joy in sobriety. I adjusted to the schedule and embraced each new day in my recovery process. When I returned to my home, I continued to follow suggestions and skills I learned. I now have 14 months of continuous sobriety; I have a new job and most importantly am regaining the trust of my children, family and friends. I am living each day, one day at a time and am developing a relationship with the God of my understanding. Most of all, I am happy and content. Each new day to me is a gift and a blessing. I am so grateful to Eden Hill and the caring, dedicated staff – without that experience I firmly believe that I would not be sober today.

My Life Had Become Unmanageable…

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by Dori Corrado Gay No Comments

My life had become unmanageable, period! After 30 years I hit rock bottom. My
family decided to make a hard but life saving decision. They didn’t come running
to my rescue this time, they needed me to see I needed help that I needed to
change!! At this point it was only me and God. If I didn’t have Him there
wouldn’t be sobriety for Janice A.

My inner self work came when I went to Eden Hill. I was given a safe, loving,
understanding environment. Daily therapy, group meetings, outside AA/NA meetings
and daily interaction with different ladies of similar issues gave me HOPE that
I would be able to continue this journey One Day At A Time!

My husband and I are now back together, the relationships with family, friends
etc are mending. EVERY aspect of my life is going in the right direction!

THANK YOU EDEN HILL!

Parent Recommends Extended Care

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by Dori Corrado Gay No Comments

Our 23 year old daughter spent several months at Eden Hill earlier this year, suffering from addiction problems linked to depression. We were told her recovery would take time, that this was a process that Eden Hill understood extremely well, and for us to be patient. Our 23 year old daughter spent several months at Eden Hill earlier this year, suffering from addiction problems linked to depression. We were told her recovery would take time, that this was a process that Eden Hill understood extremely well, and for us to be patient.

From early in her stay there, we could see the effects of having our daughter at this wonderful place. Warm, familial, caring and compassionate – but also structured, disciplined and honest – saying things like they are. Clearly a team of experienced professionals, but with a genuineness and compassionate side that is not common in the medical world today. Our daughter related well to them, as did Eden Hill to her. It looked like a real partnership – one with shared responsibilities.

Aside of the therapy and learning for our daughter, as parents, we have also learned so much from Eden Hill about how to communicate with people suffering from these problems – what to do and what not to do – and also attended a number of family sessions with an experienced therapist who really helped our family communicate more openly and honestly about what everyone thought and what we should do, together.

I think everyone believes they know what to do when a loved one or family member has this kind of a problem. In hindsight, and based on my experience, I had no clue and nor did my wife. So we listened, learned and followed the advice and guidance given to us by the Eden Hill team and the results are, frankly, remarkable. With our daughter, it is like a light switched on. She is more and more like the person she used to be before running into problems – happier, more self-confident, much better able to cope and focused on making progress in her life.

From early in her stay there, we could see the effects of having our daughter at this wonderful place. Warm, familial, caring and compassionate – but also structured, disciplined and honest – saying things like they are. Clearly a team of experienced professionals, but with a genuineness and compassionate side that is not common in the medical world today. Our daughter related well to them, as did Eden Hill to her. It looked like a real partnership – one with shared responsibilities.

Aside of the therapy and learning for our daughter, as parents, we have also learned so much from Eden Hill about how to communicate with people suffering from these problems – what to do and what not to do – and also attended a number of family sessions with an experienced therapist who really helped our family communicate more openly and honestly about what everyone thought and what we should do, together.

I think everyone believes they know what to do when a loved one or family member has this kind of a problem. In hindsight, and based on my experience, I had no clue and nor did my wife. So we listened, learned and followed the advice and guidance given to us by the Eden Hill team and the results are, frankly, remarkable. With our daughter, it is like a light switched on. She is more and more like the person she used to be before running into problems – happier, more self-confident, much better able to cope and focused on making progress in her life.

Bad days come and bad days go – for everyone – but now she is so much more capable of dealing with her challenges in a structured and positive way. It’s remarkable.

As we go into the Holiday Season I look back and think about the last 12 months, some of which have been extremely challenging for our family, and thank our lucky stars for finding Eden Hill and all of the good is has done for daughter.

Highly recommended!!

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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