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.
•Build the capacity to serve more than 120 low-income and medically indigent women the first year with comprehensive behavioral healthcare that is integrated with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healthcare.
•Offer a positive economic impact from the creation of local jobs and the creation of permanent full-time professional and paraprofessional staff positions
•Offer a positive impact on Community Colleges and Universities in providing them with a facility for internships.
•Through outreach, allow us to educate the communities about Substance Use Disorders, harm reduction and the possibilities of recovery.
•Save millions of dollars. NC DHHS reports that in 2016 alone, the Estimated Total Lifetime Costs for Medical and Work Loss from 100 Medication & Drug Fatalities for Sandhills Center’s 9-County area was $231 million dollars. Medical costs alone were $1.7 million dollars.
•Reduce crime rates and give capable and talented mothers, daughters, and sisters a second chance at success
•We will be able to lower these costs and decrease the loss of lives through kind and compassionate treatment of women with Substance Use Disorders and histories of trauma.
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Your generous gift will help us fund our Recovery Center to help women in need.
Together, we can make a difference and save lives.
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.