Planning a Sober Girls Get Together

Going to a party or planning one when you’re sober doesn’t have to be a challenge. The remarkable thing about planning a sober get together is that you can control the presence of alcohol and other things that may trigger past trauma. More so, being among women who understand and support your journey might just be what you need to plan a perfect get together. Socializing and being around other people are a crucial component to addiction recovery, and is something you definitely shouldn’t miss out on just because you no longer drink alcohol or use drugs. 

Why Should Women Support Women in Sobriety?

Women supporting other women in sobriety is a beautiful thing, and something we focus on at Anchored Tides Recovery. Having a safe place where women can feel free is one of the keys to being happy and maintaining long term sobriety. 

It’s not uncommon for a woman before getting sober to feel distraught or uncomfortable, especially in social situations. A coping mechanism a lot of women use to ease these feelings is drinking alcohol or doing drugs. Now that you’re in recovery, or about to pursue a path to recovery, you may find yourself wondering “what will I do for fun now when I go out with friends?”. Please know you aren’t alone in this, and it should by no means be a reason to not quit drugs or alcohol.

In essence, no one knows what it feels like to be a sober woman except for other sober women. Having a group of people who understand your struggles and has been in your shoes, is incredibly therapeutic and encouraging. Never undervalue the power of a good ‘ole fashioned girl get together! And if you’re going to plan one, use these tips to plan a memorable party without risking your recovery!

Choose the Guest List for the Sober Event

Your guests can potentially make or break your get together. When making your guest list, make sure to invite women you feel safe around. They don’t necessarily have to be sober, they just have to understand that you’re sober and have boundaries. 

Make Plans for a Sober Saturday Night Activity

Planning a get-together can feel a bit stressful. As a host, you probably want to make sure you plan something that all of the guests will enjoy. An easy way to ensure everyone will be engaged is to place the sober event around an activity. This will also help encourage conversation amongst the guests, especially if they don’t know each other. 

One fun activity that almost everyone enjoys is bowling. It’s fun if you’re good at it, it’s still fun if you’re bad at it (a not so good bowler usually makes everyone laugh), and there’s always good fried food at a bowling alley.

Another fun activity is a game night. Most game nights these days don’t even require having the physical game, you just need a cell phone and reliable WiFi. Heads up is a great game because it moves quickly and requires the group splitting into two smaller groups. It also requires everyone to get up off the couch at one point. 

sober girls night out

Focus on the Food

Don’t want alcohol to be the focus? No problem! You can shift the focus from alcohol by making sure there is a tasty meal or snack when the girls get together. If you’re going to gather a large group, feel free to ask other people to bring some snacks. 

Have Fun! 

Most importantly, if you’re planning a social gathering, make sure you have fun. Your life isn’t over now that the “partying” has stopped. Your new sober life in recovery will be fulfilling and fun. Below are just some tips to follow when throwing a girls get-together without putting your sobriety at risk. 

Build Your Sober Support System at Anchored Tides Recovery

Anchored Tides Recovery is a female owned and female client based addiction treatment center, with rehab programs specifically designed for women by women. We also offer women dealing with alcohol addiction a safe haven.

With Anchored Tides, you’ll get a treatment experience that leads to lasting recovery. Contact us now to begin your journey to recovery!

5 Tips for Women Finding a Job After Rehab

finding a job after rehab

So, you’ve gotten sober, you’ve participated in your own healing and exited a women’s addiction treatment center, and now it’s time to transition back into the stream of life? Stepping back into the workforce can be anxiety provoking and scary, but don’t worry girl, we’ve got your back! There are many women who have walked this path before you and here are 5 career tips they’ve shared to help you get the job! Now that you are sober the possibilities are endless. You are worthy of financial success and growth in your career. Read on to see how you can land successfully in the next part of your journey.

 

Integrity

As you step back into the workforce it is important that you choose your job wisely. Only you know your skills and abilities. Be sure to start yourself on a path that you want to be on. As a recovering woman it is important to find balance in all aspects of your life, especially your career. Despite what you may have been doing before obtaining sobriety, choose to apply for jobs that can excel your growth but won’t overwhelm you. No matter what your skill level is remember you are worthy and right where you are supposed to be. Be your own cheerleader but make sure your resume is an honest and accurate representation of who you are. There are so many opportunities available to you. Step out of fear and walk in your truth, you will be selected for the job that best fits you!

 

Boundaries

When living the recovery lifestyle we are often surrounded by a community of sober women. Depending upon the field you choose to work in, when stepping back into the work force your environment is subject to change. In an interview, and within the workplace, it is important to keep healthy boundaries to keep yourself safe and serene and your work life productive. As a recovering woman you do not have to disclose your sobriety or struggle with addiction to anyone. Your recovery is personal and can stay between you and your support system. It is important to remember that now that you are sober, you have the ability to make healthy decisions. Your voice is powerful, and you must not be afraid to use it. On the other hand, if you feel comfortable sharing your experience and feel like it would be helpful to you in obtaining the job you want or you share a bond with trusted colleagues, you are able to do so. It is illegal for any work place to discriminate against employees based on disabilities and we must remember that substance use disorders are a chronic illness. 

 

Persistence

The first step to obtaining any new job is to do research and see what jobs are open in your area. Next it is important to build a strong resume of your past experience. Be sure to highlight your strengths and make it clean and easy to understand. Resume building can be daunting and difficult, it is more than ok to ask for help from a friend, mentor, or clinician in your life. There are many helpful online articles and templates that are available for you to access as well. After submitting an application and resume we often think the work is done and it is time for us to sit back, relax, and wait on that call. Well, to your advantage the work is not quite done yet. It is important to make yourself stand out amongst other candidates. It is wise to call your Human Resources department of the job you are applying to weekly and let them know you applied, you are checking on the status of your application, and are inquiring about the possibility of being set up with an interview. Another technique that can be used to set yourself apart is to print a hard copy of your resume and application and visit the organization in which you are applying for work. Ask if the manager is available and take a few minutes to shake their hand and let them know you are interested in a job. Having a face to face interaction can keep you fresh in the mind of your future employer and shows your dedication and willingness to the job before an interview. 

 

Self-Care

In the midst of finding your career path and putting in the hard work it takes to find a job, it is important to find time for yourself, de-stress, and participate in self-care activities. If you find that seeking out employment is at the forefront of your mind every day and you are having trouble focusing on much else, it is most definitely time to decompress. In this time, it is vital to stay close to your support system and community to share your experience, struggles, and triumphs in this time. You must be your own biggest advocate and remember that your career does not define your worth. Spending time in nature, quality time with friends and loved ones, a pedicure, or a face mask are all examples of self-care activities. Do what makes you feel good. Life can be so busy and balancing a career into all of it can be demanding. You are allowed to take time and space for you and your peace of mind.

 

Dress for Success

First impressions are so important! Whether it be for an interview, or to turn in a resume in person, dress for the job you want not the job you have. Whatever the position you’re applying for, maybe it is crucial to exert and show up with the utmost professionalism. Ladies, it is recommended that you wear a blouse and slacks or a skirt. Have your hair neat and as natural as possible. Keep your style simple but elegant. Don’t be afraid to throw on a blazer and a pair of pumps! You are beautiful and you are worthy of employment. Your appearance must match the beauty and knowledge of what is inside. When seeking an interview outfit don’t be afraid to ask for help. If your closet is looking a little sparse call up a friend, go through donations, or check out your local thrift stores. You are not alone. There are people in your life rooting for your success. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and reap the rewards that come along with it. 

Becoming a Sober Mom: The Recovery Guide

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Ask ten women about sobriety and their family life. And you’ll see that, at least, eight out of ten will prioritize their family over work and addictions (particularly alcohol). Why?

Moms generally understand the importance of family. 

From William Ross Wallace’s famous poem, ‘What Rules the World‘, he stated that the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. It shows the role a mother plays in the life of her kids and family; that as a mother aims to nurture and educate a child, she makes the world a much better place.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean juggling sobriety, work and family is an easy task. Besides, ticking the boxes on a questionnaire isn’t always the same as reality.

How do we know that?

Becoming a Sober Mom

We, at Anchored Tides Recovery, are women professionals treating women. We have helped numerous sober moms cope with the demands of being an excellent mother and productive employees.

So, if you’re looking for a sober moms guide to recovery and navigating sobriety, amidst work and family demands, we can help! 

Read on to find the challenges you will face as becoming a sober mom, and how you can overcome them.

Balancing Old Routines With New Lifestyle Choices

As things stand, the responsibilities of a mother and an employee are more enough for you. Now, you might have to do a complete overhaul of your daily habits. 

How do you feel at the thoughts of that hectic overhaul?

If perhaps you can avoid cocktail get-together at work or your book club, how about coping with your children’s needs?

Moms often resort to their wine bottles to cope with stress at home. But remember, you don’t drink anymore. And that’s totally ok. 

becoming a sober mom

Partner Is Not Doing Enough

Maybe managing lifestyle choices will be easier for mothers if their partner had assisted them with home activities. Sadly, the partner isn’t doing enough.

According to a study by Harvard Business Review, HBR, over 70% of the interviewed (men and women) agree that working wives take care of the children and the home.

Out-of-home working moms particularly will feel the stress of combining work and home pressures. If such moms were in sobriety, remaining sober will be a difficult task.

Making Time for Recovery

In addition to lifestyle changes and unsupportive partners, a sober mom still has to find out ways to maintain her recovery schedules.

Remember, attending 12-step meetings and online support groups is important, in addition to individual therapy.

In the face of your workload, how can you stick to your sobriety recovery schedules?

Check out our tips below:

  • You Come First

The most important step you can take as you become a sober mom is to prioritize your needs above all else – work and family. That notion might come out as selfish. But it’s not.

Frankly, if you keep skipping your recovery meetings to meet up with work and family demands, you might fail in your quest to become the best mom.

  • Ditch the Parties If Needed

Candidly, it’s not the end of the world if you aren’t around for a cocktail party or not. If the host does care, you could always apologize for missing parties/meetings that will serve as obstacles to being the best mom for your kids. Remember – no is a complete sentence. 

  • Ask For Help

As earlier stated, managing sobriety, your work, and family can be difficult. Don’t be shy; ask for as much help as you need – even from your husband.

  • Make Friends With Moms Handling Similar Cases

Sober moms like you can also help you. More so, some of them had already mastered the solutions to your challenges. As such, make friends and connect with them.

Anchored Tides Recovery Can Help

Anchored Tides Recovery is here to help you overcome your challenges in sobriety and motherhood. We provide streamlined and mom-specific remedies for various levels of addiction.  Our treatment technique incorporates evidence-based addiction treatment and dual diagnosis modalities while incorporating a programing geared toward the issues women face. 

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7 Things You Can Do for Your Recovery Every Day

Admitting you have a problem with addiction and seeking help are the first steps to obtaining sobriety and building a new foundation for a successful future. Regardless of what substances an individual might struggle with – addiction is a disease. And just like any other chronic illness, addiction must be treated on a regular basis. The disease of addiction can impact an individual on a biological, physiological, spiritual, and social level. Oftentimes the negative impacts of addiction affect one’s physical health, mental health, interpersonal relationships, occupational abilities, academic success, and domestic functioning. Even after an individual has completed a substance abuse program, relapse can happen. It is important to know what tools, skills, and resources you can utilize to maintain long term sobriety. Below are seven things you can incorporate into your daily routine to contribute to a healthy lifestyle of recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. 

Attend a 12 Step Meeting

Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as AA, is an international organization of peer support groups comprised of people who have struggled with alcohol and substance abuse and are working on maintaining sobriety. AA is non-professional, self-supporting, multi-racial and apolitical. There are no age or education requirements. 12 step meetings are open to any individual who is in recovery. 12 step meetings are a safe place for those in recovery to discuss their issues and concerns related to their addictions and receive support through their triumphs and difficulties. 12 step meetings are a great place to confide in like-minded individuals and build community. In active addiction many people become isolated from their friends, families, and communities; often feeling ostracized and misunderstood. 12 step meetings are a great way for an individual to seek free support while participating in normal, every-day activities such as work and family life. AA meetings are available almost everywhere and in countries around the world. 12 step meetings are held at many different times of day and every day of the week. They can be accessed virtually as well. 

Reach out to Others

When in recovery from an alcohol or substance abuse disorder, it is important to know that you are not alone. While addiction treatment programs are temporary, the support you have in continuing on with your recovery is not. Reaching out to friends, loved ones, fellow members in recovery, trusted spiritual leaders, or professionals is important to maintaining good mental health and spirituality. Combating old habits of isolation is important to avoiding relapse. By finding others, you can be honest and share your feelings on a regular basis. Connection builds self esteem and brings purpose into our lives. Knowing you are cared for and are an important part of other people’s lives is essential, and something everyone deserves. Whether it’s taking the time to go for a walk with a friend, or making a phone call to someone you trust, staying connected to others will help you stay sober.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Seeking spirituality can be an effective way of centering one’s self and alleviating stress. The practice of mindfulness is defined as bringing one’s complete attention to the experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment. A similar practice is meditation, which can be thought of as any practice that self regulates the body and mind. These practices can take shape in different forms such as: deep breathing, practicing yoga, taking a walk in nature, or simply slowing down and focusing your thoughts only on what is in the present. Those that are able to incorporate meditative practices in their daily lives are known to be able to monitor the emotions of themselves and others in an effective way. This also helps to guide the individuals thinking and actions, resulting in higher emotional intelligence. Mindfulness and meditation can improve self-efficacy and improve the individual’s health, optimism, and confidence in dealing with life events and stressors. These practices are known to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, leading to a higher chance of long-term recovery. 

Journaling

Taking the time to journal regularly can be so helpful in your recovery. Being able to put pen to paper and write your thoughts down can be an effective way to manage stress and self- regulate. Journaling is something you can do anywhere. Throughout your day taking time to jot down any overwhelming thoughts, emotions, fears, or looming tasks can help you stay present and continue to keep moving forward. Journaling is a great way to self-reflect and take time to set and achieve goals. Taking the time to be introspective and address your needs and intentions is essential in continuing on the path of recovery. Journaling can also be an outlet for creativity and to have fun. 

Read a Spiritual or Inspirational Book

Even when living as our best selves, the day to day can become mundane and boring. It is important to stay motivated in your recovery. Setting aside time to read a few pages of a spiritual or inspirational reading can help you achieve a positive mindset and assist you in your willingness to keep moving forward. Keeping a daily reflections book by your bedside, or setting a timer for 10 minutes in the evening to read a book of your choice is a great way to incorporate the active recovery lifestyle. If you are having trouble finding something great to read here are the top 5 suggestions from our staff at Anchored Tides Recovery:

  • Keep it Simple by Hazelden Meditations
  • Mindful Recovery: A spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction by Bien Thomas
  • Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle
  • As Bill Sees It by Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Each Day A New Beginning by Karen Casey

Find Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that we can feel in our physical bodies. It can bring a sensation of warmth, grounding, calmness, or a smile. As an individual on the road to recovery, it is important to remember that it is a success to be sober and all the good that comes from being free from the bondage of alcohol and substance abuse. Acknowledging the things you are grateful to have in your life is an active way to stay in recovery. Being grateful can change your mindset and keep you inspired to continue to achieve more. Being able to take a moment to write a list of the things that are good in your life on a regular basis is a great tool to stay on the path of recovery.

Acts of Service

Once you have made the choice to stay abstinent from drugs and alcohol, you are able to find freedom. Your livelihood returns, and you are able to become a successful and functioning member of society once again. Acknowledging your strengths and utilizing them to assist others is a great way to stay active in your recovery. Despite the hardship you may have endured, you have so much to offer your community, friends, and loved ones. Scheduling time to be helpful to someone you know, or an organization in your community is a great way to build self-esteem and bring good into the world. As an individual in recovery you must remember you are strong and worthy. Taking time to give back to others can relieve your own stress and depression while promoting balance for a healthy sober lifestyle. 

We Can Help You!

Anchored Tides Recovery is a women owned addiction treatment center for women. We offer partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment options for women struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Reach out to us today to learn more about our services & how we can help you! 

How To Build A Support System in Early Sobriety

Struggling with addiction takes a toll not just on ourselves, but also on the people we care about. But overcoming any form of drug abuse is easier said than done, and this is especially true for women. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that women, on average, often face greater difficulties due to both biological differences and harsher societal expectations. And despite nearly 20 million women using illicit substances in the past year alone, many addiction treatment programs remain designed and geared towards, men. This is why our team at Anchored Tides Recovery focuses on women and what it takes to achieve long-term recovery.

Now, many people assume that once you get through withdrawal, addiction recovery is a piece of cake. But the truth is that it is only the beginning. True addiction recovery means making active decisions each day to stay sober and find happiness in everyday life. While there are a lot of different things that will help with these decisions (pursuing hobbies, working out, etc.), the real key is building a strong support system early on. 

Why a Support System is Important

Very few of us can make big life achievements all on our own. And yes, getting sober is a major achievement. With the right people surrounding you and supporting you throughout your recovery, you’ll be better able to make the right decisions. Everyone’s situation is different, and support systems can consist of a variety of people: family members, friends, counselors, mentors, etc. For many people in early sobriety, it is a good idea to surround yourself with a blend of people from these areas to get different perspectives and support from all areas of life. Specifically, a strong support system helps you in the following ways: 

  • They give you an outlet to voice your frustrations and feelings.
  • They provide a real-world perspective and can help remind you why sobriety is good (healthy peer pressure). 
  • They show that a sober, healthy life is within reach.
  • They can help expand your social circle with other healthy-minded individuals. 
  • They can introduce you to healthy, enjoyable hobbies.
  • They help remind you that you are an important, well-liked person with value to others.

Above all, building a strong support system keeps you accountable to others rather than just yourself. You’re not deciding to stay sober just because of yourself now; you’re also doing it for the important people in your life. 

Choosing the Right People

Now that you know how important having a good support system is, how do you go about surrounding yourself with the right people? To start, you should only be around people who are sober and/or who have already made great strides in fighting their own addiction problems and are acutely focused on sobriety. Especially in early sobriety, it is not a good idea to continue associating with people who are not supportive of you discontinuing drug abuse or who even enabled it. It is all too easy sometimes to slip and relapse, but the right people will do what they can to help you make the right decisions. In the event that you do relapse, the right people are the ones who will help you get back up and into treatment. 

As mentioned earlier, support systems often consist of different kinds of people who are meaningful in your life. For many, it starts with the people in their addiction treatment program. Your rehabilitation staff will serve as some of your earliest supporters, helping see you through the early stages and on to long-term recovery. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of all the resources your treatment program has to offer! There will be many opportunities for you to meet other like-minded individuals and strong people you can relate to. 

That said, while it is important to continue therapy and have the support of a counselor, it is also important to be able to develop a healthy social life with family and friends. Working individuals may even confide in a trusted employer or coworker about their efforts and their intent to stay sober, thus expanding their support system even further. 

Consider Group Therapy

One of the best ways you can build up your support system early on in addiction recovery is by participating in group therapy. This is also another case where you can utilize the resources available to you through your addiction program and find a group that you feel comfortable with. Giving you an outlet with people who know exactly what you’re going through, group therapy has been shown to be highly effective for all kinds of people. It’s also worth noting that groups can help keep you even more accountable than others in your life can, as they can relate to your temptations and will recognize any excuses you may make. In fact, many people continue group therapy long into sobriety because of the support they feel and the meaningful connections that are made.

We Can Help You Find the Support You Need!

Looking for the help you need to overcome drug addiction once and for all? We’re here for you. Anchored Tides Recovery is a comprehensive addiction treatment program designed specifically for women, by women. Our various levels of outpatient and partial-hospitalization services are designed to help you beat drug abuse without having to give up everyday life and the things that make you “you”. In addition to the initial stages of treatment that will help you overcome physical dependency, we focus on long-term recovery monitoring.

Our team of caring professionals will also help form part of your support system, and we will help you strengthen your relationships elsewhere. With the right team behind you, long-term sobriety is within reach!  Contact us today!

Why You Should Meditate in Addiction Recovery

Overcoming addiction comes with its own challenges and can be particularly stressful if you are just beginning your journey to recovery. Dealing with the urge to use, cleaning up the messes you made while using, and rebuilding broken relationships is no walk in the park. Anchored Tides puts a big emphasis on developing skills to help you deal with real-life struggles at the beginning of recovery. One of the best coping mechanisms we’ve found so far is meditation and we make sure to include it in our treatment programs. 

What is Meditation?

This is a complementary and alternative approach to mainstream addiction recovery services like group counseling and psychotherapy. It is a general body and mind connection practice that focuses on inducing serenity and relaxation to improve both mental and physical health. Anyone can take part in meditation irrespective of your religious or spiritual life. There is no set of time for meditators but beginners can start with a few minutes and then advance to longer sessions.

 The practice focuses on the physical sensations, mindfulness, awareness of present feelings and surroundings. It also involves the mindfulness of accepting thoughts and feelings as they are. This is particularly effective in helping individuals fighting addiction to thinking about sobriety, prevent relapse, and ultimately lead to addiction recovery.

Benefits of Meditation

Aside from promoting inner peace, calmness, increase self-awareness and proper mental functioning, meditation also improves mindfulness which helps decrease cravings and aid recovery. Practicing mindfulness means that you are in control of your attention. You are taking the role and attitude of an observer of what you are doing and feeling.

Improves Resilience

Individuals dealing with addiction are among the most resilient people you will ever come across. Bouncing back to a healthy, quiet, drama free, sober life, and adapting to the new changes is not easy – even for the most dynamic individuals. It takes patience, persistence and strong will to recover fully. Meditation helps you cultivate massive levels of resilience. It helps you become more mindful of your fears, anxiety, and pain. Frequent practice helps reduce and manage stress levels.

Acceptance 

Too often we get down on ourselves and doubt our abilities to live a happy, sober life. The addiction recovery journey can be more difficult if you remain too hard on yourself. Since meditation focuses on attentiveness and observation to your own feelings and thoughts, it is much easier to learn, watch, and be patient with your emotions and self. The more you practice, the more you get to know yourself. You’ll also learn to treat yourself better and exercise some patience and acceptance as you would on other people who are in the same situation.

Improves your overall health

Meditation focuses on body and mind connection. That means it also focuses on your physical and mental health. When you discover self-awareness, you embrace sobriety and realize that you can actually cope with life challenges without alcohol or drugs. 

Your anxiety and stress levels lower through the practice of meditation which can prevent lifestyle-related illnesses such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart conditions. Aside from reducing anxiety and stress some health benefits gained from meditation include reducing your chance of depression, which is common in individuals battling addiction.

Improves your attention span

Meditation and being mindful means thinking about what and how it is right now and not worrying about the past or the future. You are concentrating on your present and the positive things in it. Practicing mindful meditation means taking time to enjoy the current moment as it is. We can’t fix the past and we can’t control the future, all we have is the present moment. Focusing on the present improves your attention span and allows you to enjoy the little things in life. Becoming more attentive will also help you strengthen or repair broken relationships.  

Start meditating

While meditation and addiction would never be used in the same sentences a few decades ago, research has now proved that it is the new recovery agent to addiction. If you have cravings, feel depressed, or are stressed, practice meditation. It’s free and you can do it anywhere!

Anchored Tides Recovery Wants to Help

We want to help you get sober and stay sober. Reach out to us today with any questions you may have regarding our program. We’re happy to talk about all of the resources we provide women seeking sobriety. You can do it! 

The Top Five Most Influential Women in Recovery

For those who struggle with addiction, substance abuse, and other mental health disorders, it is easy to feel isolated. After all, many people who see others going through addiction believe that this can never happen to them. For young women who battle these issues, the situation can be that much more difficult. Often, substance abuse in women develops as a side effect of prior traumas or bad relationships that drove someone into the arms of addiction in the first place.

It is critical for women to know that they are not alone. There are countless others who have been there and many of them end up recovering. There are even powerful, successful, and influential women who have gone through recovery and succeeded on the other side. There are several stories that women can turn to for inspiration.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith is an incredibly successful actress from Baltimore; however, she did not always star in movies. She lived in a terrible part of the city with a single mother who was addicted to drugs in the midst of an epidemic. At 11 years old, she was very much on her own, as her mother was under the influence and unable to help her.

Jada Pinkett Smith ended up as a drug dealer in the 1980s; however, she also suffered from alcoholism. She never learned to say no to alcohol and drugs and began to drink on a nightly basis. She says that she did this to try to numb the pains of her childhood.

Eventually, Jada Pinkett Smith sought help for substance abuse. It was a long road to recovery, but she has now been sober for more than 20 years. She reminds us all that sobriety is not a destination but a journey.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is one of the most recognizable stars from the Disney Channel. She starred in Camp Rock, which came out in 2008. She became immersed in a successful music career and has served as an inspiration to many; however, it is not her entertainment skills that are the focus. It is her journey back to sobriety.

Demi Lovato started using drugs during her Disney days. She was partying, drinking, and doing drugs in an effort to self-medicate and deal with the emotional stresses of her job. She was using cocaine hourly. Eventually, Demi Lovato went on to seek help. She navigated her way through recovery and was able to return to her career. She has now been sober for five years and performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is one of the most recognizable actresses in history. She underwent a surgical procedure decades ago. Sadly, after this procedure, she became addicted to painkillers. When she went a while without opioids, she started to develop cravings and knew she was going to end up in withdrawal. Therefore, she knew she needed to get help. Addiction ran in her family and she lost a brother to heroin abuse.

Eventually, Jamie Lee Curtis got the help she needed. She was able to achieve sobriety once again and returned to her acting career and now works with anti-drug organizations in an effort to raise awareness of the epidemic.

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is one of the top R&B artists of all time. Many have even called her the queen of hip hop and soul. Mary J. Blige had her own issues with both mental health and substance abuse. She says that her addiction problems came from a traumatic childhood. She was sexually abused and had numerous dark moments. This led to the development of drug addiction. She was high on cocaine and drinking heavily during the early days of her career. She was able to seek help from trained professionals and learned from Whitney Houston’s journey. Today, she is sober. She carries on in the memory of Whitney Houston, one of her great idols.

Kristin Davis

The star of Sex and the City has also had a long battle with substance abuse. In 2008, she revealed that she is a recovering alcoholic. She started drinking as a teenager in an effort to medicate her social insecurities and get through her parents’ divorce. She drank to fit in, but it grew into an addiction. Now, she shares her journey with everyone. She encourages people to recognize the signs of addiction early on. The sooner people get help from the professionals, the faster they can recover.

Call Anchored Tides Recovery Today

At Anchored Tides Recovery, we are a drug abuse and addiction treatment program designed specifically for women. We work hard to provide the latest treatment resources to every woman who comes to see us for help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

The Power of Women Recovering Together

Substance abuse, along with mental health disorders, will affect each gender differently. There are studies that show treatment has a better success rate when programs are tailored to gender-specific needs. These programs can remove some of the barriers and distractions that can arise from being around members of the opposite sex. It allows clients to feel more focused and comfortable and recover around peers of the same gender, allowing them to relate over experiences that are specific to gender.

Barriers to seeking addiction treatment are usually gender-specific. Women and men can have different feelings when it comes to treatment, how the disorder affects the body and the stigma that is associated with treatment and substance abuse. Women are more likely to feel guilty for seeking addiction help and those feelings can create a bigger barrier to treatment. Women are also more likely to have experienced trauma leading to substance abuse or mental health disorders. Due to this, women need to undergo trauma-informed care. By choosing a gender-specific treatment, it gives a setting that is supportive, sensitive, and non-discriminatory. Women may be more unlikely to develop drug and alcohol problems but when they do, the process is usually quicker. Women tend to enter treatment programs with more severe medical, social, behavioral, and psychological problems. This has implications on the needs of treatment.

There is a difference when it comes to gender and sex in regard to substance abuse. For example, men have an enzyme that breaks down alcohol in the liver and stomach and due to this, men don’t absorb as much alcohol in the bloodstream. This means a man’s alcohol concentration will likely be lower than a woman’s.

It Removes Expectations

Addiction recovery requires that you be vulnerable. Many women find it easier to be vulnerable and speak more candidly about the issue they are facing while in the presence of members of the same sex. There is no need to put up a façade to cover up feelings when you are with other women.

Fosters Honest and Open Discussions

An honest discussion about life’s highs and lows will help women understand they aren’t alone in the experience. Gender-specific addiction treatment reduces the shame and judgment and leads to more understanding and compassion. Many people will feel uncomfortable discussing traumatic and painful life experiences in a mixed group. It’s easier to feel comfortable around people that are similar to you. Feeling safe and comfortable in addiction recovery is important since true healing will only happen if you make yourself vulnerable and share your experiences.

It Reduces Distractions

The main benefit of addiction treatment is that it allows people to focus solely on getting better. When there are other genders then there are distractions, such as romantic ones. Although a romantic relationship can serve as a welcome distraction from what you are going through, it can actually be a distraction that takes the focus off of what you really there for. When women are with women, it reduces the need to keep up with appearances and feel the need to impress the opposite sex. For many, the gender-specific addiction treatment gives one less distraction so the focus is on just healing.

Focus on Gender-Specific Issues

Both women and men face pressures related to work, family, self-esteem, and relationships but those pressures can be different. With gender-specific addiction treatment, clients are surrounded by others who know from personal experience and what it is like to experience addiction as a woman, along with dealing with cultural and societal pressures. Clients are able to focus on a woman’s experience instead of having to split focus. For example, in women’s specific treatment, topics can include pregnancy, motherhood battles, and past trauma.

Creates a Safe Environment

Without a safe environment, treatment won’t be as successful. If a woman has suffered trauma caused by a man then they will not feel comfortable sharing in groups with men. Mothers who have an addiction will benefit from sharing expenses with other mothers since women are usually the caretakers of the family and home. It can be hard to be away from children but with the support of others like them, women are able to share in these experiences.

It Helps with Bonding

With gender-specific treatment, women can bond over shared experiences. There is also the opportunity to bond over new ones. Having a strong peer network is important for maintaining sobriety and preventing relapse after treatment. Gender-Specific treatment can incorporate activities that strengthen necessary connections outside of traditional group therapy.

Importance of Women’s Treatment Programs

Since women in addiction treatment are more likely to have experienced physical or sexual abuse, there is power in women recovering together. Women in treatment are less likely to have a high school diploma or employment. Women are also more likely to have to deal with childcare and the complications of drug or alcohol use during pregnancy.

If you or a loved one you know are struggling with addiction, reach out to us at Anchored Tides Recovery.