Phase 1: 30 Day Residential Treatment Tract

In the first 30 days many patients must go through our detox services, in order to begin the mental and educational process needed for our addiction treatment for women. Each woman will undergo a full psychological and medical evaluation, coordinated by our medical team, nursing staff and licenced counselors. Once a client is medically stable, the addiction recovery education can begin.

Clients begin learning about the disease of chemical dependency. This process includes lectures on a variety of subjects relating to various factors involved in and around the disease. Lectures are reinforced with individual sessions with a primary counselor in order to insure we understand the individual needs of clients. A good nutritional program is critical to continue the physical and mental repair; exercise and yoga are also introduced. Treating the body and soul are imperative in the addiction healing process.

Central to the first 30 days is the Dialectic Behavioral Therapy program run by Executive Director Tabatha Christopherson and Allison Myers. This helps each woman identify and change the destructive patterns that deepen addictions. Through the study of these patterns, positive breakthroughs can be made.

Finally, clients may invite loved ones to the Awakenings Family Program. We know that addiction impacts the whole family and those closest to the client. They too are in need of a education, new skills, and help understanding this disease. The family involvement is very important in healing family members and reopening and mending close relationships.

Also in Phase 1 of our residential treatment for women, clients are introduced to 12 step principles for recovery. Clients complete therapeutic in-depth step work from the Big Book of Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous and the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions. Other non-12 Step based processes will also be introduced.

Phase 2: 60 Day Residential Treatment Tract

In the following 30 days after Phase 1, women are instructed on how to dig deep into personal issues and relationships. We understand that issues such as body image, grief, guilt and shame can be surface while in treatment interfering with a full and bountiful recovery.

Our clients will be given the opportunity to experience a unique five-day intensive course facilitated by our director Tabatha Christopherson called the Recovery Enrichment Program. This program helps clients identify certain survival rules that can lead to self-destructive behaviors and solutions to change behaviors that no longer serve them well. Through this women begin to recognize “dry relapse” patterns in their early stages in order to make different choices that allow for sustainable sobriety.

Clients will develop a written, personalized action plan for change in Phase 2 of our residential treatment for women. We will work on relapse prevention, specific relapse triggers and other therapeutic tools for lasting recovery and relapse prevention. Education on codependency and relationships will be introduced and explored so that allow our clients can grow, evolve, and live free. Finally, essential 12 Step work continues as Step Four and Step Five are completed. Many of these programs and techniques were developed independently by Ann Martin, a longtime veteran of the Betty Ford program.

Phase 3: 90 Day Residential Treatment Tract

In the final 30 days of our residential treatment for women, continued family of origin and personal relapse prevention work will be done. If unaddressed and un-confronted, family issues, whether they are real or perceived by the addict, will cause the disruptive relational patterns to continue and possibly causing the cycle of addiction to continue. Women can only begin true recovery when armed with the facts of how their memories of events, attitudes and behavior patterns toward their families impact their decisions, reactions, and behaviors. Throughout life, we carry both the good and bad of childhood relationships. Any lingering issues or resentments must be recognized and dealt with.

The Couples I & II seminar material will be available to the women at Awakenings. We know that relapse often stems from relational issues. Without an awareness of the various forces playing out in our relationships and the necessary skills to respond appropriately, we may remain unconnected to those around us. Women can and must choose to stop the pain and confusion, break the cycle of the “same old arguments,” refuse to be a part of the blame and shame game, and regain passion and pleasure in life.

Clients will be assisted in creating a specific Relapse Prevention Plan while in this final phase of our residential treatment for women. The plan will be written and ready to use as they leave addiction treatment. Finally, our women will complete steps 6-9 of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous. Each of the 12 Steps have an in-depth written assignment. Our women are encouraged to connect to a local sponsor to assist them in their recovery work. This connection to the fellowship is critical once they depart our addiction program for women into aftercare / outpatient treatment.