We aren’t just treating addiction; we’re treating the whole woman.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) October 24, 2013
Breast Cancer Awareness Month may not seem to have an obvious connection to drug rehab for women, but the two concepts are actually closely linked. Rather than isolating and treating addiction, Destination Hope: The Women’s Program, a nationally recognized mental health and addiction treatment facility in south Florida, strives to build a community of women who are free to discuss whatever is on their mind, and that may include breast cancer.
“Addiction affects all aspects of your life,” says Ben Brafman, the founder and CEO of Destination Hope: The Women’s Program. “Your relationships, your health, your job, your family, everything. We aren’t just treating addiction; we’re treating the whole woman. That means exploring various topics of conversation between clients, counselors, and peers.”
Substance abuse can influence a woman’s health in ways she might not expect, and that’s why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is especially pertinent to drug rehab for women centers. Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found a connection between excessive alcohol consumption and an increased risk of breast cancer. Although we can’t say that treatment will reduce a woman’s risk, it can provide her with valuable knowledge about living a healthy life.
“Women in recovery are learning to look after their mental, emotional, and physical health,” says Brafman. “In some ways, it’s almost like starting from scratch. Some behaviors need to be re-learned or even established for the first time, and that often includes regular check-ups for breast cancer.”
Drug rehab for women provides women in recovery with a community of peers who are going through similar problems. By talking about seemingly unrelated topics like raising children, losing loved ones to cancer, or even favorite television shows, they are contributing to their overall health and wellness.
“Being surrounded by others in your situation is encouraging,” says Brafman. “You can support each other and learn from each other. Building relationships within the drug rehab for women community is one of the first steps towards building relationships in your life outside of rehab. A wonderful thing tends to happen when women support each other – they want to keep getting better.”
Establishing positive routines and habits, such as performing a breast self-exam every month, can contribute to a woman’s long-term health and recovery. In addition, the healthy lifestyle tools that you strengthen while in rehab can also reduce your risk of developing illnesses in the future.
Destination Hope: The Women’s Program is a full service addiction, drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis drug rehab for women treatment facility in Florida for women suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. Treatment programs include: drug rehab, alcohol rehab, outpatient rehab, dual diagnosis therapy, family therapy programs, prescription drug rehab aftercare and women’s health programs to treat depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Destination Hope: The Women’s Program and its partner program, Destination Hope, provide gender specific therapy in an intimate treatment environment. For more information on the center or substance abuse and addiction treatment, please call 1-866-808-7111 or go to http://www.womensdrugrehab.com.