At New Found Life, we recognize the unique challenges women face in overcoming alcohol addiction. Our women’s alcohol treatment center is designed to meet these needs, combining holistic and evidence-based strategies to promote recovery in a supportive, gender-specific environment.

Alcoholism in Women

Alcohol affects women differently than men, both biologically and psychologically. Women generally absorb and metabolize alcohol differently, leading to quicker intoxication and a heightened risk of long-term health issues. Female bodies generally contain less water and more fatty tissue, which leads to higher concentrations of alcohol in the bloodstream after drinking equivalent amounts. Psychologically, women often face unique stressors and cultural pressures that can influence their drinking patterns. For instance, women may use alcohol to cope with stress, anxiety, and emotional pain. Socially, the stigma associated with women drinking can lead to secretive drinking behaviors, delaying the pursuit of help and complicating recovery.

Health Risks of Alcoholism for Women

The health risks of alcoholism for women are severe. These include:

  • Liver Disease: Women are more susceptible to alcohol-induced liver disease, and it may develop faster and from smaller quantities of alcohol than in men.
  • Brain Effects: Alcohol can have a quicker and more severe impact on women’s cognitive functions, potentially leading to accelerated brain aging and impairment.
  • Heart Disease: Women who drink excessively are at a higher risk of heart-related illnesses, including heart attacks and heart failure, even with lower levels of consumption compared to men.
  • Increased Risk of Cancers: Alcohol use in women is strongly linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer, along with cancers of the liver, mouth, throat, and esophagus.
  • Challenges in Pregnancy and Reproductive Health: Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy risk exposing the fetus to alcohol’s harmful effects, leading to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), which can cause a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. Additionally, excessive alcohol use can lead to menstrual irregularities and early menopause, complicating reproductive health even further.

A Gender-Specific Approach to Alcohol Recovery

Given these factors, treatment approaches for women must be gender-specifically created. Recognizing these unique needs, New Found Life’s compassionate care team utilizes medical, psychological, and holistic treatments, creating an environment that addresses all facets of recovery. Through this integrative approach, New Found Life ensures that each woman receives the personalized care necessary to navigate her path to recovery and create a life of purpose and sobriety.

We offer a women’s residential program that is a small, tight-knit group of females. With a smaller program, women are given one-on-one care and attention in a supportive community of others who are going through the same thing. Inpatient treatment for women promotes long-term recovery and a healthy, happy life of sobriety.

Evidence-Based Therapies for Women's Rehab

Our commitment to providing the most effective care for women struggling with alcohol addiction is grounded in scientific, evidence-based practices. These therapies are proven to address the psychological and physiological aspects of addiction, ensuring a comprehensive approach to recovery.

  • Medical Alcohol Detox: A critical first step in addiction treatment, medical detox provides a safe and controlled environment for women to withdraw from alcohol under the supervision of medical professionals. This process minimizes withdrawal symptoms and prepares individuals for further therapeutic interventions.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This therapy is fundamental in our treatment approach, helping women identify and modify negative thoughts and behaviors related to alcohol use.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT focuses on teaching skills to cope with emotional and mental health issues, providing women with better mechanisms to manage stress and reduce cravings.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Particularly beneficial for those with trauma histories, EMDR helps to process and diminish the distress associated with traumatic memories.
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy: Utilizing various modalities, this therapy addresses the specific trauma that often underlies addiction, helping to heal emotional wounds and reduce dependency on substances.

Holistic Treatments and Experiential Therapy

In addition to traditional therapeutic techniques, New Found Life emphasizes holistic care, which treats the whole person rather than just the symptoms of alcohol addiction. These treatments enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being, supporting a more rounded recovery.

  • Equine Therapy: Through guided interactions with horses, women develop communication skills, build trust, and enhance self-esteem. The non-verbal communication and the responsibility involved in caring for an animal can be profoundly therapeutic.
  • Music Therapy: Engaging in music therapy provides a creative outlet for expression and emotional exploration, which can be particularly powerful in processing feelings and experiences related to addiction.
  • Meditation and Mindfulness: These practices are integrated into our treatment program to help manage stress and promote mental clarity. They offer physical benefits as well as spiritual growth, aiding in overall recovery.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Recognizing that many women struggle with co-occurring disorders alongside alcohol addiction, our women’s alcohol treatment center offers targeted treatment for:

  • Depression and Anxiety: Through CBT, medication, and integrative relaxation techniques.
  • Trauma and PTSD: Utilizing therapies like EMDR and trauma-focused CBT to help women heal from past trauma.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Managed with mood stabilizers and comprehensive psychoeducation.

Education in Recovery

At New Found Life, we believe that a thorough understanding of alcoholism and its consequences is crucial for lasting recovery. We aspire to provide women with comprehensive insights into the nature of addiction, the process of recovery, and effective strategies for managing life post-treatment. Our team explains topics such as the biological and psychological effects of alcohol, the importance of nutrition and physical health, and the development of healthy coping mechanisms. We also provide practical training in life skills, which includes financial management, job readiness, social communication skills, and more. This knowledge empowers our clients to make informed decisions about their health and lifestyle, and equips them with the tools they need to build a resilient foundation for their new life. Additionally, we offer parenting classes for those looking to rebuild prior relationships or build parenting skills for the future.

Women’s Relapse Prevention

Recovery extends beyond the initial treatment phase, requiring ongoing support and active engagement in relapse prevention strategies. At New Found Life, we integrate family involvement and a robust support network into our relapse prevention framework to ensure each woman has the best chance at maintaining long-term sobriety. Our family programs are a cornerstone of this approach, designed to repair and strengthen relationships through education and shared healing experiences. We help families understand the dynamics of addiction and recovery, building a supportive environment that is crucial for the patient’s success.

Continued support is provided through our female alumni network and structured 12-Step programs that emphasize peer support and offer a set of guiding principles for sober living. These groups offer accountability and provide a community where women can share their experiences and challenges, gaining strength from others who have faced similar obstacles. Additionally, we connect our clients with sober living resources to ensure a smooth transition back into everyday life. This comprehensive approach to relapse prevention is crafted to reinforce recovery with every step taken toward a fulfilling, alcohol-free life.

Begin Your Recovery Today

At New Found Life, we are committed to supporting each woman on her recovery to a sober, healthy, and fulfilling life. Reach out to our intake specialists today to explore treatment options customized specifically for you.