The Orchid Recovery Center – Women’s Treatment Center- Treatment Center for Women

group therapyThe Orchid is an alcohol and drug treatment center designed for the specific needs of women suffering from addiction and unresolved trauma. This program heals lives by addressing the unique and specific needs of alcohol or drug dependent women. These specific 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 Treatment Facilities to our diverse treatment modalities.

To learn more about The Orchid or to find out whether our women’s treatment center is right for you, we have caring admissions counselors available 24/7. Please Email Us or to call us toll-free at.

The Orchid Difference
The Orchid’s alcohol and drug treatment program was 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 differs from a man’s. These differences affect how drugs and alcohol affect a woman’s body and have implications for the most effective treatment for recovering women. The Orchid’s physical treatments include programs of fitness therapy and nutritional counselingthat maximize a women’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. At The Orchid, clients are encouraged to choose and prepare the foods that both heal stressed organs and maintain optimal energy levels. 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 at the Orchid. Regular, strenuous exercise reduces stress, but strengthens a healing body and increases self-esteem. The Orchid offers a range of exercise activities including yoga and regularly available massage therapy.

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 a mixed gender setting, women may not have the same kind of attention or focus on their gender-specific issues as they would at a women’s treatment center. 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.

orchid inpatient treatmentAt The Orchid, 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, Orchid counselors are especially focused on helping women uncover and recover from their trauma.

Therapeutic techniques used at the Orchid 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, psychodrama treatment, 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.

At The Orchid Recovery Center, 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. You can also read more about what professionals have said about The Orchid Recovery Center on our Orchid Successes website.

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 at our women’s drug and alcohol rehab center teaches women to build these trusting, nurturing relationships while at Orchid. Through exercises and group counseling sessions, women at The Orchid 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 are inextricably linked with the use of a substance of abuse. The Orchid has had great success in the 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. Orchid clients are accompanied by staff while shopping for groceries and preparing meals, as well as recreational trips to beaches, museums and cultural events.
The Design of Recovery: The First Treatment Center Designed to Heal

Aesthetically, The Orchid believes that a woman’s healing is enhanced through an environment that reflects the qualities that the woman desires in her life. The Orchid Center is built according to the Planetree Model of healthcare facility design. In this model, the physical space around the client is a part of the treatment. The Orchid Center’s choice of colors and textures 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 Rehab at The Orchid

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.

Tour of Addiction in India

It’s easy to overlook addiction issues that are taking place on the other side of the world. When friends or family members use drugs or overindulge in alcohol, the problems are glaring and they can impact a family’s health, wealth and well-being. But when an addiction strikes a family living in a faraway land like India, it’s easy for people to gloss over the issue. It has no day-to-day resonance.

At The Orchid, we try hard to pay attention to women’s addiction issues, no matter where they might be taking place. We support ongoing research on women and addiction, and we contribute to the discussion of addiction treatment on a regular basis. Currently, we’re focusing our efforts on India.

A study of women and addiction in India found that about 8 percent of women were addicted to some kind of substance. Women who work in the sex trade or who are from very low income brackets might have even higher rates of addiction, and other studies have found staggering addiction rates among women in these groups.

Women in India face addictions to all sorts of substances, including:

    • Inhalants
    • Heroin
    • Alcohol


  • Tranquilizers
  • Marijuana

Overcoming addictions like this without help can be difficult, as some of these drugs cause intense sensations of withdrawal when users attempt to curb or stop their use. Marijuana, for example, caused severe symptoms of withdrawal in some 47 percent of people who participated in a study of the issue for the journal Addiction. Heroin can also cause severe cravings for drugs that can persist for months, if not years. Women who live in India will need structured rehab programs in order to heal from addictions like this, and at The Orchid, we have a long track record of helping women deal with problems just like this.

Our Chief Executive Officer Julie Queler is going to personally visit India and begin an intense conversation about how women there can get the help they’ll need to overcome an addiction.

Click here to read a detailed description of the plans for that trip.

If you or a loved one need help immediately, please do call us as soon as possible. We are always on call and willing to help if given the opportunity. Please call The Orchid at.