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Recovery and Hormonal Therapy

The four hormonal stages that every woman experiences during her life play a big part in recovery, but few drug rehabs – even the ones designed solely for women -address these issues at all. The emotional and physical symptoms that occur monthly during menstruation, during the period of peri-menopause and then during menopause can be overwhelming on their own. Women who experience additional stress at work, in a relationship or at home may feel compelled to drink or get high.

The Orchid understands that hormones are undeniable in recovery and that every woman must come to grips with what is happening in her body and learn how to deal with it effectively. To assist women with this process, they created the Hormonal Therapy program, a unique program designed for women by women. The protection and prioritization of recovery is key and through the Hormonal Therapy program created by The Orchid, women fighting drug and alcohol addiction have yet another tool in their arsenal to fight off relapse.

Hormonal Therapy Basics

Hormonal Therapy aids women in developing a plan for their current hormonal stage – menstruation, peri-menopause, menopause or post-menopause – and then assists them with preparing for the hormonal shifts and transitions to come. By understanding what is happening to their body physiologically and keeping track of how those occurrences manifest in their day-to-day lives in physical and emotional symptoms, women can prepare for what’s coming. If you understand your body and your mood swings based on hormonal fluctuations, you can know how to react in the moment so that it doesn’t hurt your recovery.

How Hormones Affect Your Recovery

When your body releases hormones signaling your ovaries to ovulate a few days before your menstrual cycle begins, you can have a severe response. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) can cause mood swings, irritability, bloating, cramping, weight gain, water retention and more. Many women experience pain as a part of their cycle as well. It’s not uncommon for women in recovery to relapse on drugs and alcohol in order to self-medicate and eradicate these symptoms. With Hormonal Therapy, women in recovery learn how to mitigate their symptoms naturally so that they are not as much of an issue or to plan ahead and anticipate their symptoms, putting protective measures in place to ensure that they don’t relapse due to hormonal influence.

How Hormonal Therapy Can Help You Deal with Hormonal Shifts During Recovery

There are a number of things that you can do to help yourself limit the severity of PMS and menopausal symptoms. Certain herbs and supplements, a nutritional diet, specific types of exercise, and other tips can all help to keep the effect of hormonal shifts to a minimum. Remember: recovery is always your priority, no matter what. There is nothing so serious that you cannot handle it without drugs and alcohol. It’s important to stick to your recovery plan and continue to attend personal therapy sessions, group therapy, 12-step meetings and other relapse prevention options no matter how you feel and remain dedicated to your recovery.

Hormonal Therapy at The Orchid

If you would like to learn more about our unique Hormonal Therapy program created specifically at The Orchid for women who are guests of our program, contact us today.

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