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Women and Recovery
By Windhaven House Alum, Melissa P. The holidays are typically viewed as a joyful and rewarding period. But for people in recovery, they are anything but typical. Instead, the holiday season tends to be one of the more difficult times of the year. And as a former treatment center “frequent flier,” I am no stranger...
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It is no surprise that men and women will have different needs in recovery. Likewise, specific issues and treatment requirements are essential to achieving and maintaining long-term recovery for women who suffer from substance use disorders. By joining other women, you’ll uncover similar stories while learning to interact with others and building and maintaining healthy...
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Often, we walk through our day-to-day patterns of life unaware of our thoughts, feelings, or actions. Most of the time our routines become second nature and we often neglect taking in the present moment. Have you ever become easily frustrated and unsure how you got there? Beginning your day by setting your intention can help...
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No successful recovery is the act of a single person. It takes the work of a team to help someone move through treatment and start living a sober life. One of the functions of a team is providing accountability for a person with a substance use disorder. From the moment treatment starts, accountability becomes a...
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Alison Watros, Executive Director and Founder of Windhaven House I have always been a big fan of the underdog. In winning the battle of addiction, we are all underdogs. The disease wants to win, and the odds are against us. The disease tells us things like “It wasn’t that bad,” “It will be different this...
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Sober living homes offer a valuable transition space between residential treatment and a return to living independently. While being around other people in recovery is valuable, sober living support through a consistent intensive outpatient program can be even more effective. Today, let’s talk about what this kind of experience looks like for women in recovery...
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Windhaven Alumna Testimonial, Katie M. After treatment, I decided to go to Windhaven House solely because my parents had kicked me out, and I had nowhere to go. I was out of options and was pretty sure that sobriety wasn’t for me. I had already been to multiple treatments, psychiatric wards, and sober houses. I...
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Every choice you make when planning your recovery is about getting to the next step of it. One step that often gets overlooked is the period of time right after residential treatment. Women may go home to little support and lots of demands. They may find it hard to prioritize self-care in general, especially their...
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Studies have shown that women face unique challenges and barriers when it comes to substance use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 19.5 million females used illicit drugs in the past year. Women not only progress faster in addiction than men but face different barriers to getting help. Understanding the unique challenges women...
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Individuals recovering from a substance use disorder usually have a common goal: to achieve long-term sobriety. Sticking to a sober lifestyle is a lifelong process that requires both individual commitment and adequate support. The first step for some individuals who wish to live a sober lifestyle is typically enrolling in a rehabilitation program. After that, many...
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