The Orchid Program: Presented by Palm Partners Recovery Center
The Orchid Program is an alcohol and drug treatment program exclusively for women, presented by Palm Partners Recovery Center. This program is designed for the specific needs of women suffering from addiction and unresolved trauma, healing lives by addressing the unique needs of alcohol or drug dependent women. These distinctive needs are addressed in an environment designed to foster a holistic restoration of a woman’s body, mind, and spirit. Our primary mission is to provide an opportunity for women to break the cycle of addiction and enjoy healthy, contented, serene and productive lives. This mission informs and directs the entire Orchid program, from the design of the of the women’s facilities on campus to our diverse treatment modalities.
To learn more about The Orchid Program at Palm Partners or to find out whether our women’s treatment program is right for you, we have caring admissions counselors ready to answer any questions you may have.
The Orchid Difference
The Orchid Program’s alcohol and drug treatment plan were founded on the premise that men and women enter into addictions differently and that women in recovery have unique physical, psychological social and aesthetic needs. Physically, a woman’s body composition and hormonal balance different from a man’s. These differences have implications for the most effective treatment for recovering women.
The Orchid Program’s physical treatments include programs of fitness therapy and nutritional counseling that maximize a woman’s health and energy to heal. Drug and alcohol abuse puts significant stress on the body’s digestion, detoxification and recuperation organs. The first order of physical recovery is to provide the woman’s body with the proper nutrients to strengthen and repair the damage that has been done. Maintaining proper energy levels is equally important. Drops and spikes in blood sugar and energy have the potential to trigger cravings of all sorts in recovering women.
After leaving the program, clients take this knowledge to enhance the lifelong health of themselves and their families. Exercise plays a vital role in recovery in The Orchid Program at Palm Partners. Regular, strenuous exercise reduces stress, but strengthens a healing body and increases self-esteem. The Orchid Program offers a range of exercise activities including yoga and regularly available massage therapy.
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The Importance of Treatment Constructed Especially for Women
Psychologically, women who become addicted have a different narrative and profile than men who become addicted. As an often-underestimated rule, women have a greater tendency to have developed that addiction to cope with trauma and emotional pain than men. Women also have a range of social and cultural pressures and issues that men do not experience.
Women are underrepresented in most treatment centers because women have a harder time reaching out for help. In mixed gender group sessions, women may not have the same kind of attention or focus on their gender-specific issues as they would with treatment sessions specifically for women. Our alcohol and drug rehab program of healing encourages women to explore and heal the issues and traumas that underlie the addiction. Counseling is conducted in an environment of trust and safety, where a woman’s voice is heard and respected.
With The Orchid Program for women at Palm Partners, special attention is paid to the issue of trauma. Accounts of physical, sexual and emotional trauma are particularly common among women in addiction. We believe that until this trauma is effectively addressed and healed, that emotional pain will continue to threaten a woman’s ongoing sobriety. For that reason, counselors who work with female clients in The Orchid Program are especially dedicated to helping women uncover and recover from their trauma.
Therapeutic techniques used for women in The Orchid Program include not only the conventional one-on-one cognitive behavioral therapy treatment but also additional forms of treatment that allow women to safely explore and address their personal issues. Dynamic experiential group work, family sculpting, art therapy, and group counseling sessions enable women to experience and express their emotions in a variety of different ways. During these therapies, the all-women atmosphere encourages women to speak honestly and openly in ways that the presence of men might inhibit.
Through The Orchid Program at Palm Partners, our staff is acutely aware that many women addicted to alcohol and drugs often have another psychiatric condition as well. The most common psychiatric conditions affecting females with addictions include mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia are also common, as are personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder.
We believe that with dual-diagnosed women, the two illnesses often interact in ways that affect a woman psychologically, socially and spiritually. To restore a woman like this to health, both conditions must be addressed at the same time. Failure to address both conditions may lead to “self-medication” later that undermines a woman’s progress in sobriety.
The Strength to Heal is Already Within All of Us
Socially, we believe that women more completely recover from addiction and build healthy lives when they have a network of supportive and loving relationships with other women. The relational growth model pioneered through our women’s program in drug and alcohol treatment at Palm Partners teaches women to build these trusting, nurturing relationships. Through exercises and group counseling sessions, women who chose The Orchid Program learn to trust and support other women, often for the very first time in many years. The lessons and success that women experience in this area allows them to not only build healthy friendships in early recovery but to create their own supportive network when they return to their communities and families.
When a woman becomes addicted, drugs and alcohol commonly play a part in every aspect of her life. For some women, the prospect of performing even the most simple daily tasks such as grocery shopping or going on a social outing is inextricably linked with the use of a substance of abuse. The unique groups included in The Orchid Program at Palm Partners include use of a Lifeskills Therapy Model, which encourages lifelong sobriety by teaching women to perform day-to-day tasks and interact socially without drugs or alcohol. Women who participate in the Orchid program are also given opportunities to go on recreational outings, always accompanied by staff.
The Design of Recovery: The First Treatment Center Designed to Heal
Aesthetically, The Orchid Program staff believes that a woman’s healing is enhanced through an environment that reflects the qualities that the woman desires in her life. We know the physical space around the client is a part of the treatment. That is why the facilities for The Orchid Program use colors and textures that encourage feelings of calm and well-being. Spaces for solitude and reflection coexist with gathering spaces that encourage socialization and networking.
Learn More about Alcohol and Drug with The Orchid at Palm Partners
Our website was built as a resource for women and their families when alcoholism or drug addiction has become an unbearable fact of life. We are continually adding articles about the treatment of various drugs and have also launched a new Blog that invites our visitors to comment and have conversations with us about news and issues affecting women. Furthermore, we have deep libraries of articles (always growing) including subjects such as alcohol rehab and drug rehab as well as more information about treatment for specific drugs, including Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, Crystal Meth and Prescription Drug Rehab as well.