The Need for Women-Specific Treatment
While treatment is available to women, it can be difficult to access for a variety of reasons. Fear of losing custody of children, stigmas associated with substance abuse, cultural influences, and lack of social support can make it difficult for women to seek treatment. Many of these obstacles can be overcome, but fear or shame can prevent some from seeking help. Once a woman becomes engaged in treatment for addiction, however, they are just as likely, if not more likely as men to stay and complete the program.
Women tend to be impacted more quickly and heavily than men when it comes to using drugs or alcohol, meaning the damage they inflict often occurs over a shorter time frame. This can also mean that a woman may not use drugs or alcohol as long as a man does, but will experience the same level of (physical, emotional, spiritual, social/family) damage—or more—within that window of time.
Additionally, the unique experiences of women must be addressed in order to overcome the underlying causes of substance use. Many cite a lack of meaningful relationships or trauma as major influences in the development of addiction. These topics are difficult to discuss with close friends or loved ones, and may become impossible in a mixed group. Women-specific therapy options provide women with a safe place to interact with others who may share similar experiences. This allows them to recover amongst others with whom they can easily relate and helps them build a support network of peers, which is invaluable after treatment has been completed.
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First Heavy equipment on site when F&R Engineering did the soil boring today.
The Sandhills Center Board of Directors unanimously approved our funding request for $1,500,000.00! We are grateful to our County Commissioner Thad Ussery and Sandhills Chief Executive Officer, Victoria Whitt.
Yay! Thanks to Senator Tom McInnis, the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated a one-time $50,000.00 "to provide funding for Samaritan Colony in Rockingham, NC for addiction recovery services for women."
Zoning was approved for the property in Richmond County, NC.
After interviewing Joe Hatem of WHN Architects from Charlotte, NC; Mark Wesley Parson, in Southern Pines, NC; and David Stogner of Stogner Architecture, Inc. in Rockingham the Board of Directors voted to use David Stogner and we love working with him so far.
Some of the Board members and I walked the 17 acres adjacent to the men's treatment center and decided on the area to build the Women's Treatment Center. Subsequently, Richmond County Environmental Health approved the location and we are ready to choose an architect.
Governor Roy Cooper signed the State Health Facilities Plan approving the addition of 14 chemical dependency treatment beds for women in the Sandhills area. We will negotiate a contract with the Sandhills Center LME/MCO to treat underserved populations (indigent and/or uninsured).
Board of Directors Meeting planning for estimate on architect fees and discussed using the 17 acres of land adjacent to the existing Samaritan Colony (12 beds for men only)
The Petition was approved by the State Health Coordinating Council and is waiting approval and signature from the Governor
January 1, 2018.
A Petition was filed with the State Health Coordinating Council requesting “an adjusted need determination for 14 additional residential substance use disorder treatment beds in Moore or Richmond County in the 2018 State Medical Facilities Plan…to be used for a residential treatment center for women.” Many thanks to the many professionals from the community who wrote letters of support which were submitted to the Committee along with the Petition.
Samaritan Colony Board of Directors agreed to support a Women's Residential Treatment Center and Ned Manning, Clint Ray, and Lee Wallace agreed to join a Committee to work with Harold and Constance Pearson on the project.
Your generous gift will help us fund our Recovery Center to help women in need.
Together, we can make a difference and save lives.
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Samaritan Colony is a non-profit 12-Bed Residential Treatment Facility for men with Chemical Dependency in Rockingham, NC. Their purpose is to deliver quality, evidenced-based treatment to those suffering from the addiction by providing education and support in a safe, secure, and structured therapeutic environment.