Women’s treatment for substance abuse is a process of addiction recovery that focuses on the mental, physical and emotional health of our female patients. It is our belief that women have very specific needs that differ from men’s treatment needs.
JourneyPure Bowling Green is dedicated to providing quality, affordable, and effective treatment for female patients struggling with addiction and any co-occurring disorders.
We offer specialized programming led by certified relapse prevention specialists to help patients address the root causes of addiction. We take a proactive approach towards relapse prevention. We do this through our innovative JourneyPure Coaching™ app, which helps our program graduates stay connected after treatment.
Our Holistic Approach To Substance Abuse Treatment
We offer a holistic approach to women’s treatment that begins with helping patients become healthy in their body by consuming whole, organic foods and eliminating processed foods from the diet. Patients engage in yoga or fitness training on a daily basis helping them to feel stronger with each day of treatment.
Residents learn new ways of thinking and are able to challenge the toxic thoughts and beliefs that have often led to poor choices in the past. This is accomplished through specific types of therapies which help retrain the thought processes to thoughts of compassion and loving kindness for one’s self.
Part of our specialized women’s treatment care includes a specialized treatment “track” for pregnant and postpartum women, as well as trauma-informed addiction treatment, for those women who have experienced physical or sexual assault and carry trauma as a result.
The Importance Of Women’s Treatment For Substance Abuse
Many life circumstances predominate in women as a group. This requires a specialized treatment approach.
Some research has suggested that physical and sexual trauma, followed by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is more common among substance-abusing women than in men seeking addiction treatment.
Many of our female clients entering treatment have experienced one or more traumatic events that have contributed to their addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), as many as 80 percent of women seeking addiction treatment have a history of sexual or physical assault.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports the following as being the most common causes of trauma development in women:
- Sexual assault
- Childhood sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
- Domestic violence
- Sudden loss of a loved one
The VA also reports that women are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than men. This puts women at greater risk for developing an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Other factors unique to women that influence their treatment process include issues surrounding how they come to treatment (women are more likely than men to seek the assistance of a general or mental health practitioner), financial independence, and pregnancy and child care.
The need for effective women’s treatment for addiction is needed now more than ever. Like many states, Kentucky has seen a significant rise in newborns afflicted with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome from 2001 to 2016. A January 2018 report from the Kentucky Department of Health stated that there were 1,257 observed cases of symptomatic NAS among newborns in 2016.
While that number is lower than figures from previous years, the trend is expected to continue to increase. More than 50 percent of the mothers surveyed admitted to being treated with buprenorphine, while 35 percent tested positive for buprenorphine.
Our Therapies For Substance Abuse
We treat professional women who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. This is done by our using a number of different treatment modalities or treatment approaches. Some of these treatment approaches include:
- Individual or one-on-one therapy. Individual therapy is therapy between the patient and her certified therapist. Here, women will work with their therapist to understand the causes of their addiction and figure out how to resolve the issues that developed out of their substance abuse. In individual therapy, the patient feels safe and comfortable sharing her traumatic experiences in a manner that promotes growth.
- Group therapy. Led by a therapist, group therapy provides women with a “safe space” to share their thoughts, feelings, and stories. By coming together with other women in the program, patients develop a bond over shared emotions and experiences. They begin to move forward on the road to recovery through this partnership. Group therapy in our women’s treatment program is beneficial because it is gender-specific. By being “women only,” women find it easier to share with one another without being scared, shamed, or embarrassed in front of men.
- Experiential therapy. Women’s treatment patients are encouraged to participate in the many different experiential therapies that we provide. Experiential therapies do not represent any one type of psychotherapy. The term refers to different types of therapy and therapeutic techniques that require engaging in an activity or action. Experiential therapies include yoga, equine or horse therapy, and adventure therapy, which includes activities like kayaking, rock climbing, and ropes courses. Through participation in experiential therapies, patients can access deeply rooted feelings and utilize an outlet to work through them. Experiential therapies also help develop self-confidence, which is vital to making progress in their addiction treatment.
- Family therapy. Our women’s treatment program also offers family therapy. This includes a family weekend event. It also includes art therapy, songwriting therapy, 12-Step based programming, and nutrition education. All of these activities are specially designed with the whole family in mind.
In addition to the therapies we offer at JourneyPure Bowling Green, other services as part of our women’s treatment for addiction include:
- Medical detoxification and stabilization
- Treatment for co-occurring disorders
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- In-home services
- Recovery coaching (peer support)
- JourneyPure Coaching™
Our Women’s Treatment Program For Addiction Treatment In Kentucky
If you or someone you love could benefit from a women’s professional program like ours, do not waste one more minute. Contact us right now to learn more about what we offer, as well as how we can help you or your loved one.