Women's Treatment Program: Recovery for Women
Morningside Recovery’s treatment track for women provides a safe environment with female-only therapy options. Therapy for women is supportive and focuses on issues such as body image, self-esteem, domestic violence, and childrearing as they relate to recovery. Since research shows that women in recovery often experience anxiety, depression, and other debilitating mood disorders, Morningside offers a warm and secure environment, based upon trust, bonding and shared experiences. We offer a nurturing place where women can deal with body image, codependency, and family relationships.
Many women must deal with the shame associated with sensitive topics. One client shared, “I learned that when it comes to stuff like sexual abuse, or the neglect of children, we’re only as sick as our secrets.” Individual counseling sessions and gender-specific groups offer the privacy necessary to share personal experiences. Women at Morningside Recovery get the emotional support needed to sort out traumatic issues.
When women have access to female-only group counseling and peer recovery, they are able to learn from the experiences of others in a secure setting. Women who have experienced similar traumas such as sexual abuse, or domestic violence can gain strength from the others’ stories. Many women have become depressed or isolated in their addiction, and often have strong feelings of distrust towards other women. In Morningside’s group therapy settings, women can learn to trust and find support from one another.
Women from troubled families deal with a great deal of misplaced guilt and remorse. The tranquil setting of Morningside Recovery can play a big role in beginning the healing. Another portion of the healing comes from developing parenting skills and working with highly trained therapists so that women return to their families in a healthy emotional state.
One client shared, “I’d been to four other places for different reasons, but at Morningside I really bonded with my therapist and was able to really open my heart during the family weekends.” In many other cases, the woman seeks treatment for her own addiction after leaving a home where substance abuse was the norm and domestic discord was prevalent. Another client shared, “I learned that getting well yourself is not enough. You can’t control other people, but you can choose who you live with and how you live.”
Women in recovery also may deal with unique issues such as diminishment of their reproductive systems or other related health problems. A woman with a co-occurring disorder or unhealthy behaviors around food is also more likely to have been abused, and dealing with the psychological consequences can be the key to long-term recovery. While Morningside is a co-ed treatment center, our recognition of the special needs of women has led to treatment tracks that meet these gender-based needs. Our clients are treated with respect and dignity and our goal is comprehensive healing of mind, body and spirit.