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Women’s Christian Rehab

Supporting and Empowering Women in Recovery

Women’s Christian Rehab

Women face many unique challenges when suffering from addiction. Although the disease affects both genders equally, men and women do not benefit from the same treatment approach. Understanding these differences is critical to the recovery process. AARC’s Women’s Christian Rehab recognizes the specific needs of women in recovery. We offer valuable tools that allow women facing their addiction to move past certain barriers and difficult life circumstances so they can heal, feel empowered and become physically, emotionally and spiritually whole.

How Women Experience Addiction

Women experience addiction differently than men, both physically and emotionally. Physiologically, women may be more susceptible to certain types of addiction, progress into addiction faster, and socially suffer greater stigma, which can be a barrier to seeking treatment. A woman’s body does not breakdown alcohol and drugs as effectively as a man’s body, causing higher concentrations of substances to enter the bloodstream, which have a greater impact on the brain and other organs. As a result, women can develop a dependency very quickly.

Overall, women may face other socioeconomic barriers to receiving treatment. Being the primary caretaker, receiving lower wages, domestic violence, trauma-related issues and child custody issues are all aspects of the equation that can deter women from seeking help for their dependency. Women juggle many hats on a daily basis—wife, partner, mother, daughter, caretaker and co-worker are just some of the roles she may feel the pressure to live up to. Her decision to seek treatment may be overshadowed by how she will be perceived by those most important to her—especially if she has children who depend on her. Shame, guilt, denial and fear may be too overwhelming to bear. Covering up and disguising addiction is very common for fear of being publicly shamed.

Breaking down these barriers and the social stigma surrounding women and addiction is vital to recovery. Our Women’s Christian Rehab Program is tailored to address these unique needs by creating a safe and nurturing space to focus on all aspects of recovery work.

How AARC Helps Women in Recovery

We understand the many difficult challenges women face in their recovery process. AARC’s Women’s Christian Rehab is dedicated to helping women bring to light the myths, images and stereotypes that have played a role in shaping negative beliefs that may have contributed to their addiction. Exploring the origin and perceptions of womanhood is a recurring theme as issues surrounding self-esteem, personal boundaries and trusting your judgment are addressed. Experiential treatments such as role-play and art therapy is also incorporated into the curriculum. Women gain the opportunity to share stories with one another and find a connection with their womanhood and spirituality.

Feeling safe and secure is key to fostering an environment of healing and openness. Women have the opportunity to talk about topics they may not be comfortable discussing around men, including:

  • Body image issues
  • Childcare and custody
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Intimate relationships
  • Self-esteem and self worth
  • Sexual abuse
  • Trauma-related issues

Women’s Christian Rehab Services

During group therapy, women have the opportunity to express themselves in healthy ways, connect with other women who understand their struggles and strengthen their relationship with God through reflection on 12-Step devotions and scripture study. Our safe, nurturing space led by therapists who are addiction experts, facilitates healing, empowers women to take positive steps in their lives and offers ongoing support and resources to help women continue to flourish in their recovery.

AARC’s Women’s Christian Rehab services include:

  • Group therapy with a focus on women’s issues and personal and spiritual growth
  • Experiential therapy such as art therapy and workshops geared toward self- love and empowerment
  • Bible and scripture study
  • Christian 12-Step Recovery Program

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