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  • Writer's pictureMARJORIE FERGUSON

Prioritizing the mental health and well-being of the women in our sober house is essential for creating a supportive and effective recovery environment. Here are some strategies to accomplish this:

Prioritizing the mental health and well-being of the women in this sober house is essential for creating a supportive and effective recovery environment. Here are some strategies we use every day


  1. Professional Counseling and Therapy: We help our residents access licensed therapists or counselors who specialize in addiction and mental health issues. Regular individual and group therapy sessions can provide women with a safe space to explore their emotions, develop coping strategies, and address underlying issues contributing to their substance use. We appreciate deeper healing strategies like Neurofeedback and EMDR that help the brain and body heal.

  2. Trauma-Informed Care: We recognize and address the impact of trauma on women's mental health and substance use. We never shame, we aim to keep dignity intact and the good things that emphasize safety, trust, empowerment, and collaboration in all aspects of our sober house environment.

  3. Holistic Wellness Practices: Encourage holistic wellness by promoting activities such as walking the beach, sipping tea, meditation, yoga, art therapy, and our visiting the gym to which we provide a membership. These practices can help women manage stress, regulate emotions, and improve overall well-being.

  4. Peer Support Groups: We facilitate peer support groups where women can connect with house members who share similar experiences and challenges. Peer support fosters a sense of belonging, reduces isolation, and provides encouragement and accountability in recovery.

  5. Psychoeducation: We provide psychoeducational workshops and resources on topics such as coping skills, stress management, healthy relationships, and relapse prevention. We're 12-step based, so we access what some consider the best psychoeducational program in the world. Empowering women with knowledge about addiction and mental health can help them make informed decisions and navigate challenges more effectively.

  6. Individualized Recovery Plans: Our coaches collaborate with each woman to develop a personalized weekly plan that puts to work their unique needs, strengths, and goals. Flexibility and individualized support are crucial for promoting autonomy and self-efficacy in recovery.

  7. Emotional Support: We want everyone to feel safe, so creating a supportive and empathetic environment where women feel comfortable expressing their feelings and seeking help when needed is our norm. We encourage open communication, active listening, and validation of emotions to foster trust and connection among residents. We value speaking up as a piece of the foundation in a women's recovery.

  8. Access to Resources: We're here to help women initiate attendance at 12-step and support services, including psychiatric care, medication management, and crisis intervention. We'll collaborate with setting up external providers and organizations to enhance the continuum of care for women in the sober house.

  9. Regular Monitoring: We conduct regular, random urinalysis. We respond quickly when women stay in their rooms too much. We'll consult with families and their counselors about adjust plans. We want what you want - to promote optimal outcomes.

By implementing these strategies, we are creating a nurturing and empowering environment that prioritizes the mental health and well-being of women in the sober house, supporting them on their journey to recovery and holistic wellness.

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