Because women tend to hide their alcohol abuse or drug abuse, and suffer more shame for it, Residence XII has designed all treatment programs around the special needs of women in treatment and recovery.
Residence XII’s Intensive Outpatient program delivers the same quality treatment to women as our Residential Treatment Program does, but over an extended period of time.
It is specifically designed for women who are able to maintain sobriety without having to stay in a residential program. It is often included as a step down to women in our Residential Treatment Program, but is open to all women who need a long-term intensive alcohol and chemical dependency treatment program.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Residence XII is a treatment group founded upon cognitive behavioral therapy designed to help women achieve sobriety. We are a 12- step based program which explores the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of chemical dependency with the women we serve. The format and content for our groups has evolved over time based on the needs of the women we treat. IOP groups meet on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in both the morning (9am-12 noon) and evening (6pm-9pm); currently there are two IOP groups at each of these times. Our program is variable length of stay, with women participating anywhere from 12 to 24 sessions (4 to 8 weeks) depending upon their individual needs.
Each three-hour therapeutic group consists of both process and education time. During process time each individual has the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback on issues she may be experiencing. These issues often include confronting relapse triggers, regulating emotions, setting boundaries, and building sober support systems. Women are encouraged to talk about family communication and dynamics and discover new tools and ways to address issues now that they are clean and sober. The gender-specific program at Residence XII allows women to address chemical dependency without shame or stigma and be more open about their past, relationships and feelings than they could in a co-ed setting. A recent IOP graduate, Michelle, said, “IOP is an intimate setting that allows you to get to know the other well so you can build a support group. It provided me with great structure and tools to really help my recovery. I am still in touch with many of the women from my group.”
In the second half of the treatment session, the women divide into two different educational groups, Chemical Dependency Education and Seeking Wholeness. Chemical Dependency Education explores a series of 12 topics, such as Alcohol Physiology, Spirituality, Meditation and Relaxation, Grief and Loss, Guilt and Shame, Nutrition and Health, Co-Occurring Disorders, Domestic Violence and Addictive Relationships. Women participate in discussion, lecture, film and small group activities based upon the topics covered.
The second educational group, Seeking Wholeness is also a 12-session rotation of topics addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Chemical Dependency. In 2008 Residence XII won the James West Quality Improvement Award from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and the Science and Service award from the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) for integrating the treatment of trauma into its addiction treatment program. Women are given information about the interaction of trauma and addiction, symptoms they may be experiencing, and they learn coping tools to address symptoms and life stressors. After the discussion of a topic, the women make a behavioral commitment to complete prior to the next session that will move them forward in their treatment and healing.
Women meet with their primary counselor for individual sessions up to five times while in the 8-week program. Individual sessions are utilized to assess each woman’s goals for her treatment experience, explore specific areas of difficulty she may be experiencing, and plan for her ongoing recovery. One of the individual sessions can be utilized as a Family Session in which the woman and her family or loved ones meet with the counselor to address ongoing issues such as transition to home, communication, parenting, and relationships.
On the first and third Wednesday of every month, we host our Family Groups, when family or friends attend the women’s regularly scheduled group with them. Topics include the addiction process and denial, relapse prevention, family systems and co-dependency and building communication skills. Women and their loved ones participate in lectures, discussions, small group work and skill-building activities.
Once this program has been completed women often step down to our Relapse Prevention Program or our once weekly, and eventually monthly, Continuing Care Program.