Why Women in Recovery Heal Better in Group Settings

Together we are stronger—and what this means in Recovery. 

Every September SAMHSA celebrates recovery with the 2019 theme being: Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger. 

It reminds us that mental and substance use disorders affect us all, and that we are all part of the solution. The observance highlights inspiring stories to help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and personal growth—together~SAMHSA 

By gathering with others who have similar stories, you learn together how to interact with other struggling individuals—and you soon begin to realize that you’re not alone. Together you are more open to sharing your experiences and feelings, which in turn helps boost your confidence and self-esteem—reducing stress and feelings of guilt that often accompany addiction and recovery.

 In group therapy, patients share their struggles and experiences with people experiencing the same issues and has been found to be especially useful for women who need a safe environment to be able to open up and explore their emotions…together.

 The Benefits of Gender Specific Treatment for Women.

We are learning more and more about the importance of women healing together as they are much more inclined to become vulnerable and honest in an environment where she is accepted and understood—and these are key ingredients to a long-term successful recovery.

Women have shown they are much more willing to commit to their recovery when they have a network of women who they support and who support them in return—a place where they create a community of friends to support and love along the journey can be an invaluable resource.

One reason they are more likely to remain abstinent and committed to recovery when treatment is provided in groups is because of rewarding forces such as affiliation, confrontation, support, gratification, and identification. This capacity of group therapy to bond patients to treatment is an important asset because the greater the amount, quality, and duration of treatment, the better the client’s prognosis. (ncbi.com)

A woman’s biology plays a large role in the manifestation of diseases—a female- only environment for healing is extremely influential in a woman’s successful recovery. Together women create safe spaces to share their stories without fear of judgement. Most women struggling with substance abuse disorder also struggle with common co-occurring conditions such as trauma, multiple addiction types, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Often when women come together in recovery (sharing emotions and feelings) co-occurring conditions may rise to the surface and they find solace in knowing what they are going through isn’t happening to just them. It’s empowering, comforting, and potentially life-saving. In addition to these factors, consider the challenges women face when trying to access treatment such as the stigma associated with drug abuse, lack of programs for pregnant women, fear of loss of child custody, and so on.

An all-female recovery center understands these unique needs and takes into consideration childcare, parenting, and body image issues that a lot of women struggle with alongside their addiction.

Group of Women in Recovery

The Power Women in Group Therapy for healing and happiness.

 The benefit of gathering together as one, participating not as an individual, but feeling what the power of a group invested in the same thing can bring forth, can be magical. Together you find a commonality and with that comes the freedom to share and open up in ways you may never have felt comfortable doing in the past.

 Addiction is a lonely place and group therapy is designed to remove the isolation associated with substance abuse and give women the tools to cultivate meaningful relationships, find community support, and keep each other accountable as you walk the road of recovery together.

Creating connections and learning from one another is the foundation of 12-step therapy and a lasting sobriety. Forming a sisterhood, women learn to foster deep bonds and life-long friendships that will support their recovery for years to come…you don’t ever have to do this alone. 

Be involved this month and join the Voices for Recovery: Together we are stronger. National Recovery Month 2019 30th anniversary. Living Proof: We Recover Better Together, by visiting: https://recoverymonth.gov/event

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