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Monday, June 22, 2015

Alcohol affects more people than you think—you’re not alone!

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When we’re going through a tough time, sometimes we feel like we’re the only ones who don’t have it together. But that’s not true—a lot of people go through dark days, often very similar to our own. A new study published by JAMA Psychiatry found that 14% of American adults suffer from drinking problems—that’s about 33 million people. If you struggle with alcohol, know that you’re not the only one.

To gather this data, researchers conducted face-to-face interviews with over 36,000 randomly selected people about their drinking behaviors. After months of interviews and analyzing all the data, they concluded that alcohol use disorder is a “highly prevalent…disabling disorder that often goes untreated in the United States.”

One of the saddest results the study found was that only 20% of the respondents that suffered a lifetime alcohol disorder were ever treated; 80% were untreated. Large numbers of people either don’t know they have an alcohol disorder or know they do but are afraid of the judgement they’ll receive if they seek treatment.

What these numbers show is that people need help, and there is absolutely no shame in seeking it. You are not alone—you are not the only person struggling with alcohol and you are not the only person in need of help.

The authors of the study finished by saying “Most importantly, this study highlighted the urgency of educating the public and policy makers about alcohol use disorder and its treatments, destigmatizing the disorder, and encouraging among those who cannot reduce their alcohol consumption on their own, despite substantial harm to themselves and others, to seek treatment.”

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers DRUG REHAB FOR WOMEN as well as alcohol treatment that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT  and OUTPATIENTtreatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a FAMILY PROGRAM aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free DRUG AND ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

How Addiction Impacts Families

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No matter your culture, race, gender, or level of wealth, drug and alcohol addiction can ruin relationships, especially within families. One unhealthy person has the power to rock a family’s stability, from their finances to the mental health of everyone around them. So while drug and alcohol abuse may seem like one person’s problem, when families are involved, it becomes everyone’s problem.

The temptation for many families is to ignore the issue and hope the addiction goes away on its own, or never becomes that big of a problem. Too often, this leaves people without the help they need, and the problems only grow larger. Drug and alcohol addiction is always a problem. Here’s why.

What often starts innocently can slowly and uncomfortably become a larger problem. Addiction doesn’t just affect how much substance is consumed, but everyday behavior as well.

Addiction often makes people do things they might never otherwise do. An honest person might lie. A hardworking person might get fired. Families depend on each member being reliable and trustworthy, and addiction makes that harder to achieve.

Drug addiction can lead to:

  • Family fights
  • Upset neighbors and friends
  • Job loss
  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Unhealthy psyche

Many people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol have no idea, or make excuses for their behavior. They rarely seek out their own treatment, because they don’t see the problems their decisions cause for themselves or anyone else.

Because one person’s drug addiction affects the entire family, it’s important for the entire family to work on the issue together. Creating supportive and loving environments is hard work, especially in the face of addiction, but it’s all the more important in tough situations like these.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers DRUG REHAB FOR WOMEN as well as alcohol treatment that empowers women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT  and OUTPATIENT treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a FAMILY PROGRAM aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free DRUG AND ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Opiate Addiction and Abuse in Pregnancy is on the Rise

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A study released last year shows an increase in the amount of pregnant women who are using and abusing opiates during pregnancy. In the past 14 years, researchers have seen the number of pregnant women who abuse or are dependent on opioids jump 127 percent. Women 20- to 34- years old saw the largest growth with a jump of 162 percent from 1998 to 2011. Dr. Lisa R. Leffert, the lead author of the study and chief of obstetric anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston says that “Opioid abuse and dependence has grown dramatically in the general U.S. population, and our findings show that this epidemic extends to pregnant women.”

Addiction at any stage of life can be dangerous, but the risks of opiate addiction during pregnancy affect both mother and child. The data shows that if a woman abused or was dependent on opioids, she was nearly five times more likely to die during delivery or while hospitalized. There is also a higher likelihood of delivery by cesarean and an extended hospital stay than those who did not abuse narcotics. For the child, they are twice as likely to be stillborn, preterm (born early), and have intrauterine growth restriction (poor growth). There is also an increased risk (about three times more common) for placental abruption, when the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus prematurely.

It is never too soon to get help. Studies show that opiate-related birth defects are typically seen when expectant mothers abuse drugs between the fourth and tenth weeks of pregnancy. “Given the rapid rise in opioid abuse and dependence in these patients, there is an urgent need to understand the link with bad outcomes and to develop interventions to help prevent them,” said Dr. Leffert.

About Residence XII

If you, or someone you know, is pregnant and battling an opiate addiction, then we are here to help. Residence XII offers DRUG TREATMENT that helps to empower women while leading them on their journey toward recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT ALCOHOL TREATMENT available. We provide FREE ASSESSMENTS and references for women seeking more information about alcohol dependency. Residence XII also offers OUTPATIENT ALCOHOL TREATMENT PROGRAMS and FAMILY TREATMENT PROGRAMS. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

5 Ways to Stay Positive in Recovery

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For women going through recovery, there will be good days and bad days. Here at Residence XII, we spend time talking through ways to stay on the path, but it’s hard to stay positive in recovery sometimes. We all have those days. We’ve outlined a few tips to try and help create positive thinking and never forget that support groups are here to help. You can always reach out or come to one of our events.

  1. Talk to your family and friends – No woman is an island. Your support group is there for a reason and they are behind you 100%. If you’re having a bad day, then make time to chat with one of the people who inspire you. Positive energy can be contagious, so catch it from those around you.
  2. Start new activities – Many patients have told us that trying to pick up old hobbies or activities can sometimes tempt them to consider drinking again. During your recovery, especially in the first few months as you’re continuing to adapt to your new sober life, it’s best to get out and explore new hobbies and activities. Take up a cooking class to help you eat healthier or join a meditation group to help you focus your mind. There are wonderful groups on Meetup.com and free or low cost classes available in the community.
  3. Keep an appreciation journal – One of the easiest tricks to staying positive is to make sure that when you have those great days and great moments, you take the time to write them down or write about your feelings in an appreciation journal. Having something concrete that you can reference when you’re having a bad day, can help re-focus your energy and keep you positive.
  4. Help others – It’s hard to stay negative when you’re helping your community. Volunteer opportunities abound in our area. Whether you want to help women going through similar situations, care for local animals, tutor children or find another option that ignites your passion, there are great volunteer activities available.
  5. Be forgiving of yourself – One of the best ways to stay positive is to not let yourself focus on the negative. As Alexander Pope once wrote, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Know that there will be good days and bad, but that you are strong and can work through them.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers DRUG TREATMENT that helps to empower women while leading them on their journey toward recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT ALCOHOL TREATMENT available. We provide FREE ASSESSMENTS and references for women seeking more information about alcohol dependency. Residence XII also offers OUTPATIENT ALCOHOL TREATMENT PROGRAMS and FAMILY TREATMENT PROGRAMS. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Connection Between Alcohol Addiction And Retirement

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Recently a study about middle-aged women’s drinking prompted a look into alcoholism later in life and the causes behind it. New data shows that retired women are also at a higher risk for alcoholism, for slightly different reasons.

News outlet Daily Mail recently looked at study results that showed more retired women are undergoing alcohol addiction treatment. Data from New Public Health England points to a 65% increase in alcohol addiction rehabilitation for women over sixty, Daily Mail found.

Lifestyle Changes

While middle-aged women are often juggling stressful changes around their home and family lives, retired women can experience a sharp decrease in professional responsibilities that opens up the opportunity for increased drinking. Daily Mail referenced the observations of psychiatrist Dr. Paul McLaren, who noted the absence of job responsibilities could help trigger alcoholism.

A shared factor between retired and middle-aged women’s drinking habits is the likelihood to drink consistently, rather than heavily yet infrequently. While occasional heavy partying can lead to alcohol dependency, frequent drinking can also become dangerously habit-forming. Whereas drinking for younger women is more recreational, drinking for older women can become a coping mechanism or a significant part of their everyday life.

Alcoholism Treatment in Retirement

Dr. McLaren concluded an important reason why alcoholism in retirement should not be overlooked: “Because older women don’t necessarily fit the stereotypes people hold about alcohol misuse, and because they often keep their drinking hidden, there just aren’t enough services out there to offer them the help they need.” It was this very issue that researcher Hanna Watling hoped to address with her study of alcohol use in middle-aged women.

Daily Mail also cautions that women aged 60-64 are at high risk for breast cancer, which escalates with drinking. BreastCancer.org also confirms the link between alcohol use and breast cancer in their research, advising that just three alcoholic drinks per week amplifies the risk of breast cancer by 15%.

Senior women should be aware of the threat of alcoholism despite having what appears to be a more stable lifestyle. To prevent, treat, or manage alcoholism, retired women should monitor their drinking habits for signs of dependence and seek help immediately, before their health is compromised.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers DRUG TREATMENT that helps to empower women while leading them on their journey toward recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT ALCOHOL TREATMENT available. We provide FREE ASSESSMENTS and references for women seeking more information about alcohol dependency. Residence XII also offers OUTPATIENT ALCOHOL TREATMENT PROGRAMS and FAMILY TREATMENT PROGRAMS. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Study Targets Drinking Habits in Middle-Aged Women

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Australian researcher Hanna Watling has been focusing on statistics of middle-aged women who drink. ABC News Australia reports on Watling’s research and why middle-aged women’s drinking habits could be dangerous.

Watling’s goal is to determine why middle-age is the period when women drink most. Part of Watling’s research involved offering an online survey to Australian women between 45-59 who drank alcohol a minimum of once in the past 30 days. The intent is to discover what is behind the demographic’s drinking habits and potentially provide more relevant alcohol treatment.

Effects of Alcohol Use

According to ABC News Australia, Watling points out that in some cases, women who upped their alcohol consumption “more than tripled their lifetime risk of death from alcohol-related diseases.” The trend toward adult drinking is concerning, because although middle-aged women have less drinks at a time, alcohol makes an appearance at the table more often. Consistent drinking can become habit forming, and although the article doesn’t speak to alcoholism directly, Watling thinks the research findings could better inform “interventions” for women affected by alcohol use.

Symptoms of Alcoholism?

Recurrent drinking can signal a substance abuse problem. Hanna Watling speculates drinking might become either routine or stress relieving for women.

For women in their 40s and 50s, life is heavily marked by transition. Physically women transition through menopause, and relationally women in this age become empty nesters, restructuring their home and social lives. Does the stress of all these changes cause a need for reducing tension? Past research notes it could be possible. Or are women who have reached a few decades of life experience simply more comfortable with their drinking habits and less concerned with restricting use? It doesn’t seem clear yet whether these women are experiencing alcoholism or simply on the edge of a potentially destructive trend.

Regardless of the findings from Hanna Watling’s current research, the focus of her study brings awareness to a specific age group that might be more susceptible to substance abuse.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers DRUG TREATMENT that helps to empower women while leading them on their journey toward recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT ALCOHOL TREATMENT available. We provide FREE ASSESSMENTS and references for women seeking more information about alcohol dependency. Residence XII also offers OUTPATIENT ALCOHOL TREATMENT PROGRAMS and FAMILY TREATMENT PROGRAMS. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

5 Ways to Stay on the Path to Recovery

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Recovery is an on-going process that takes both time and effort.  Help keep on track with these tips for creating a healthier, richer life full of the things that you love. Women in recovery have the opportunity for shaping a bigger, brighter future as they try new experiences and realize the many possibilities available to them.

1.) Integrate Exercise

Exercise has been proven to be mood-lifting and help create feelings of balance. Beginning an exercise program can also be a good way to create structure during a time of growth or transition, such as recovery. Women in recovery have many options to incorporate exercise in their lives, from beginning a neighborhood walking or running routine, to joining a gym. Those who want to avoid traditional gyms can try a yoga, Pilates, Zumba, barre, spinning, or CrossFit class for a refreshingly different workout. Many gyms will offer guest passes for free or a small fee so potential members can try out the facility.

2.) Eat Healthy

An easy way to begin eating more healthy without having to follow or research a strict diet is to begin adding more fruits and vegetables in meals and snacks, drinking more water during the day, and reducing sweets and processed or fast foods. Eating to feel better also means looking at individual needs—women who are gluten or lactose intolerant or diabetic need to focus eating to accommodate their bodies’ needs. Paying attention to the body’s needs also helps increase awareness and improvement of unhealthy patterns: some women in recovery might notice themselves eating out of boredom or anxiety, while others might realize they accidentally skip meals.

3.) Explore Hobbies

Many women in recovery find crafts and art making to be a stress reliever, allowing them to focus on the present moment. Craft projects can be a great way to build self-confidence and self-expression: the act of creating is empowering. Hobbies don’t have to focus on décor and accessories; they can also simply mean the chance to learn a new skill that adds enrichment. Women who participated in hobbies in the past can rediscover them again, or start a new hobby by searching online for an area of interest. The Instructables website is a great place to pick up how-to instructions for a variety of projects.

4.) Start Traveling

Travel nurtures independence, relaxation, and learning. From an international trip to a weekend getaway, there are countless ways to temporarily change locations. If money is tight, daytrips to a nearby city might be the solution. Planning a trip is also a fun experience. Women in recovery might appreciate the chance to focus on a positive goal they can work toward. It can also be extremely healthy to spend time in a new area where there are no negative memories or triggers. Energy can then be spent enjoying scenic surrounding or traversing a busy city. International traveling might mean the opportunity to immerse in a different culture and language, promoting more avenues for learning and self-growth.

5.) Join Support Groups

A significant part of making a journey is getting help along the way. Women in the recovery process can find support and positive relationships in groups like Residence XII’s Continuing Care. Sometimes the chance to talk with other women in recovery means the difference between feeling defeated and motivated. Friendship and activity partners can also be found in support groups. Continuing Care equips recovering women with real-life tools for staying healthy and sober. Group activities are also a part of growing and learning to embrace the joy in life. Members also participate in events like dances and retreats as a welcome respite from the everyday pressures and responsibilities.

Which tips worked for you? Which are you most excited about trying? Not everyone’s path to recovery will look the same, but many women find that new activities and friendships can help make the journey more positive.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers DRUG TREATMENT that helps to empower women while leading them on their journey toward recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT ALCOHOL TREATMENT available. We provide FREE ASSESSMENTS and references for women seeking more information about alcohol dependency. Residence XII also offersOUTPATIENT ALCOHOL TREATMENT PROGRAMS and FAMILY TREATMENT PROGRAMS. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Alcohol Consumption Increases Breast Cancer Risk

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time of year where fundraising for breast cancer research spikes and women are urged to schedule screenings that can detect this deadly disease in its early stages when medical treatment is most effective.

Alcohol and Breast Cancer

As an alcohol treatment facility that exclusively treats female patients, we feel October is a timely month to discuss one of the advantages of limiting or eliminating your alcohol use—a reduced risk of breast cancer.

Research shows that women who drink alcoholic beverages are at a higher risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer, according to BreastCancer.org. Consider the following facts:

  • Women who have three alcoholic drinks each week have a 15% higher risk of breast cancer than women who completely abstain from drinking. That risk goes up an astounding 10% for each extra drink a woman has daily.
  • A 2009 study found that just having a few alcoholic drinks each week (i.e., three to four drinks) boosted the risk of breast cancer recurrence in those who were diagnosed with the disease in its early stages.
  • Alcohol is capable of increasing your body’s estrogen levels and elevating other hormones related to hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.
  • Alcohol is also believed to raise your risk of breast cancer by damaging your cells’ DNA.

The Takeaway

If these are the risk factors faced by women who drink in moderation, imagine the effect of chronic binge drinking on your health. Not only does alcoholism increase your risk of breast cancer, but it also increases your risk of other serious health problems like anemia, cardiovascular disease, cirrhosis of the liver, nerve damage and depression.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers alcohol treatment for women that empowers women while leading them on their journey toward recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient treatment available. We provide free assessments and references for women seeking more information about alcohol dependency. Residence XII also offers outpatient treatment programs and family treatment programs. Residence XII is state licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and is a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 Ways Drug Addiction Harms Women

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Drug addiction has wide-ranging consequences in a woman’s life. A woman addicted to drugs tends to not only suffer damage physically, but also suffer damage in her relationships, career and other aspects of her life. The good news is drug treatment centers like Residence XII that cater exclusively to women can help women slowly untangle the web that drug addiction weaves. Here we’ll explore five areas where drug addiction takes a major toll on women, as outlined by the PsyBlog.

Domestic Violence

Studies have shown a significant link between addiction and domestic violence. While there are many reasons this occurs, one scenario might be a woman who stays with an abusive partner because he is her primary means of obtaining drugs. She may remain in the abusive relationship to her harm because her body has become dependent on the drugs and the abusive partner provides her with a steady stream. Another scenario might be a woman who turns to drugs to cope with the physical and emotional trauma of an abusive relationship.

Work

A woman who suffers from drug addiction may also be unable to keep a steady job. Even high-functioning addicts who are able to remain employed may suffer loss of revenue or miss out on opportunities for advancement because their addiction contributes to lack of productivity, poor social skills at work or even absenteeism. Any loss of work or income due to addiction directly affects the woman’s ability to provide for herself and her family, particularly if the woman is the primary breadwinner.

Family

Women who abuse drugs may also neglect or lash out at the most important people in their life—their family. The woman’s children may miss out on much-needed quality time and nurturing from a mom whose top priority is getting high. Women may also lose interest in a spouse or loving partner that used to mean the world to them, leading to the breakdown of a once-healthy family.

Overdose and Withdrawal

Women who abuse drugs eventually build higher and higher tolerances for that drug. This means the woman must take increasingly higher doses of the drug to achieve the same high she experienced in the past. When a woman’s body becomes dependent on dangerously high doses of a drug, she not only increases her risk of overdose, but also risks suffering major physical side effects when she does stop using the substance.

Health

Drugs have a profound negative effect on a woman’s body—affecting her brain, heart, liver, reproductive health and more. Women who are under the influence of drugs are also at much greater risk of unintentional injuries, car accidents, and contracting STDs. For woman who are pregnant or who could become pregnant, the devastating effects of drugs on fetal health is well documented.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers drug rehab for women as well as alcohol treatment that empowers women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient  and outpatient treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a family program aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free drug and alcohol assessment or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Professional Women Feel Pressure to Drink Heavily

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The status of women has improved greatly in many areas of the world, and women around the globe are entering senior management positions in greater numbers than ever before. As these women work hard to advance and perform at a high level in the business world, many feel the pressure to drink heavily in an effort to project the same sense of confidence as their male counterparts, according to a recent article in Quartz.

Women Say Hard Drinking Conveys Professional Strength

Quartz research showed that female management professionals in major international cities like Moscow, Bangkok, Shanghai, Seoul and Sao Paulo were increasingly networking over cocktails to give off a sense of strength and toughness in their professional persona.

The women interviewed said drinking strong drinks — like cognac, whiskey and rum — in large quantities was a means of demonstrating their competitive edge and the grit of their business performance. Drinking like a man, so to speak, helped them appear experienced and sure of themselves in a male-dominated business world, many said. In some countries, the corporate culture is steeped in unspoken social codes that pressure women to keep pace with men in such ways, the article noted.

Women and Alcohol: The Risk

While the achievements of professional women around the world are to be commended, women in the U.S. and abroad put themselves at risk by drinking heavily to achieve business status, particularly because women’s bodies process alcohol differently than men.

Since women’s bodies tend to be smaller and have a higher fat-to-muscle ratio than men on average, alcohol tends to be absorbed more quickly into a woman’s bloodstream, increasing the potential of alcohol toxicity in women. While not all binge drinkers are alcohol dependent, repeated patterns of binge drinking could lead to a physical or psychological dependence on alcohol.

About Residence XII

If you suspect your drinking is getting out of control, seek help from Residence XII. We offer drug and alcohol treatment that empowers women while leading them toward recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a family program aimed at helping loved ones support the women in recovery. Contact us for a free drug and alcohol assessment or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

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