Discovering your loved one has a drug problem is devastating. Whether it is your daughter or your partner struggling, you can play a major role in getting her the help that she needs. Perhaps that is why you are here. You want to get your loved one on the road to recovery, but may not know where to start.
This is not uncommon. There are thousands of different rehab centers and recovery homes for women. Each facility will offer a different approach to treatment, and different types of programs or settings for women in recovery. How can you know which is the best?
Addiction treatment is deeply personal. It is not one size fits all. Each woman has different needs in recovery, and each woman will require her own, individualized treatment plan. Below, we walk you through the various treatment and recovery programs for women, as well as considerations for choosing the best possible one for your family.
Types of Treatment Programs and Recovery Homes for Women
Inpatient treatment is synonymous with “residential treatment.” It means that the women in recovery live at the treatment center, in a non-hospital setting, while completing their program. Inpatient rehab is highly recommended for women who need a safe place to heal, who need more intensive treatment, and would benefit from 24/hour support and a close recovery community. It allows women to live in safe and comfortable recovery homes and to pursue therapy, while surrounded by other women in recovery.
Outpatient treatment is a type of drug rehab where women can go to and from their treatment facility. They receive services at an external, outpatient clinic, and return home afterwards. Outpatient treatment is generally recommended for those with mild or less severe drug problems, who have extensive support from family and friends at home.
Addiction is a chronic mental health disease. As a result, long-term drug treatment is recommended for women battling drug addiction and/or other mental health disorders like depression or anxiety. Long-term treatment generally refers to a span of at least 6 to 12 months, though programs vary in length. At Turnbridge, we see the most successful recovery outcomes among women who stay in treatment at least 270 days or longer.
Sober living homes
Sober living homes for women, also known as recovery homes for women, are residences where women can live after completing addiction treatment. They offer women a safe, sober place to reside after finishing a rehab program and before entering back into mainstream society. In this way, recovery homes act as a bridge for women battling addiction. They ease the transition back into the “real world,” and ensure women have a secure, substance-free environment to stay after leaving a treatment center.
Why Women’s Only?
All the above programs are available for women who are struggling with addiction and/or in recovery. As you do your research, however, you will find that some programs are co-ed while others are exclusively designed for females. It is important to choose a gender-specific, women’s only rehab program for your loved one. These programs understand the unique experiences that women face with addiction, as well as the types of treatments and therapies they need to recover successfully. These programs also ensure that your loved one will be surrounded by other women who have walked in similar shoes. There will be no distraction, pressure, or discomfort caused by the opposite gender.
Top Considerations for Choosing a Women’s Recovery Program
Now that you know the types of rehab and recovery homes available to women, you can start the process of choosing a program. It is important to consult with a clinical or treatment professional about your options. As noted above, every woman has a unique situation, and there is no single type of treatment that is right for everyone. The best place for your loved one to recover will depend on her individual needs. Ask yourself:
- Which program format best meets her needs?
As noted above, you can choose an inpatient or outpatient treatment setting. You can also opt for a long-term program (recommended) or a short-term treatment program. If your loved one has already accomplished sobriety and is in need of a sober place to live, a recovery home for women only may be the best choice. The severity of her drug problem, and her stage in the recovery process, will help you determine which program format is best.
- In which type of environment will she thrive?
Every rehab center and recovery home looks a little different. Some offer more clinical settings where women receive therapy, while others offer a campus-like setting where young women can live. When exploring different recovery centers for women, seek out a facility that is fully sober, secure, and serene. Seek out a place that offers a community of other likeminded women, where your loved one will feel at ease. Finally, consider a recovery environment where your loved one will be engaged. Many treatment and recovery centers offer fun, healthy activities for women such as yoga, art, and music workshops.
At Turnbridge, we believe that a beautiful and comfortable treatment setting will set clients up for success. We strive to offer young women a nurturing environment where they feel safe and supported, away from outside pressures. Our recovery homes for women promote respect, positivity, and wellness. They are equipped with gyms, studios, and a 24/7 support staff. With this, women are given the opportunity to focus fully on their health and recovery.
- Which therapies and services does my loved one need?
Just as there are many types of treatment centers, there are many types of therapies available for women in recovery. Many women’s rehab and recovery centers, for example, use evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and 12-Step Facilitation. Most women’s only facilities will also offer trauma-informed therapy, as most women battling drug abuse have experienced trauma in their lives. Ask the treatment center about their approach to therapy, and what they believe will be most effective for your loved one’s recovery. Then ask yourself if you agree with the approach.
Some rehab programs also offer dual diagnosis treatment for women battling co-occurring disorders. If your loved one is struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, an eating disorder, or another type of mental health issue (combined with her addiction), she will benefit from a dual diagnosis treatment program. Just as most women in addiction treatment have experienced trauma, most women battling substance abuse today are facing another mental health issue, too.
Choosing the Right Recovery Program for Your Loved One
Choosing the right addiction recovery program for your loved one is one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make. However, you have the power and the knowledge to make a great choice. If you would like to learn more about the different options for your loved one, or to learn about Turnbridge’s treatment and recovery homes for women, please do not hesitate to call 877-581-1793. You may also explore the program and residences right here, online.