Women for Sobriety
What is Women for Sobriety?
Women for Sobriety is a secular substance use disorder support group specifically established for women. It is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping women recover from substance abuse. It is a great resource for women in recovery.
The group relies heavily on self-help and the group sharing of personal experiences. It also provides a chance for women to connect with other women who are struggling with similar issues. The support group allows women to strive for a better future with like-minded women. The women in the group are provided with positive reinforcement and helpful coping skills and exercises that will help them in real-life.
They also focus on making positive physical and mental health changes through meditation and exercises.
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The New Life Program
Woman for Sobriety developed a revolutionary and insightful guide called “New Life Program.” The guide intends to comfort and provide stability for each woman’s source of low self-esteem and worth, humiliation, and shame, as well as depression that may have led to their substance use disorder. Members of Women for Sobriety have the option of utilizing the guide by itself or combine the program with other treatments and exercises for recovery and relapse prevention.
The Women for Sobriety ensure that all their members are familiar with all the facets of the New Life Program. There is a foundation in the doctrine of the New Life Program called the 13 Acceptance Statements. These acceptance statements are transcendental and are comprised of affirmations that encourage personal and spiritual growth. It is similar to the 12-step program though slightly different in its statements and purpose.
The reason for this doctrine is to enact an overall positive change in the thoughts and behaviors of the members’ lives. The group encourages its members to practice the steps each day so that it can be effective in their recovery and maintenance of sobriety. It mainly focuses on self-reliance and personal accountability.
Women for Sobriety is a non-profit organization, so the group receives funding from public and private donations, literature profits, annual conferences, and other fundraising activities. The activities are usually community-based and bring a positive difference in the environment.
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How The Program Works
The primary goal is for women to maintain their sobriety while altering their self-image and world views. Each member is responsible for acting accordingly to the thirteen affirmations and encouraging other members to do the same. Women For Sobriety is accommodating of self-validation and the eradication of negative labeling connotations, such as addicts, alcoholics, or druggies. To combat these negative and defeating labels, the group refers to themselves as women with untapped potential and power.
Other members empower them by praise and by sharing experiences to build rapport and a support system with other recovering women. Women for Sobriety loosely base their ideas on the philosophy that is of modernity, self-control, and rationality. It is evident in the literature they produce. In their guides, they instill a mindset that claims that the fundamental cause of females with dependency issues is low self-esteem.
Women for Sobriety posits that low self-esteem is a cultural quality that is more often found in women than men. The group intends to establish a specialized and quality treatment program that allows women to expand and develop the responsibility of their actions as opposed to focusing on their low self-esteem and a self-defeating thought process.
The goal is to rid all ideas of powerlessness and hopelessness. This is done through mediation and spiritual activities. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, sobriety is not achieved by surrendering to a Higher Power. It is the hope of the group that the women in recovery will be the Higher Power that makes their ongoing sobriety a reality.
What Kind of Empirical Treatment Does Women For Sobriety Provide?
Women for Sobriety believe that the source of all self-destructive behaviors stems from a disruption in thinking. Teaching its members about the power within themselves can lead to changing their actions. The process of changing your thoughts to modify your behavior is the main principle of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
Cognitive Behavior Therapy can only be provided by licensed trained professionals. It is known to be highly effective in treating an assortment of psychiatric disorders, including substance abuse and addiction. CBT is administered to newcomers by having them share accomplishments in their lives, no matter what it may be. The reasoning for this is so that the women can learn to take pride in the things they accomplish, starting with little things and advancing to bigger steps.
It is a matter of time before members can truly be comfortable in pride and accomplishment. However, the group realizes the members need time to flourish in this new environment and path to recovery. Women for Sobriety teaches that members will still experience negativity in their thinking, but it is natural and can be controlled through the elements and skills they learn from treatment.
The self-in-relation theory is a part of treatment that assists women in defining their self-worth and value, in hopes to strengthen those qualities. The women share their paths to recovery and build a community where they make healthy life-long relationships with other women. This comradery and support also extend outside of group meetings.
The 13 Affirmations
The Women for Sobriety group abides by their doctrine The New Life Program, which has thirteen affirmations. These affirmations are representative of six levels of growth and are performed by each member. The first affirmation is to accept the physical nature of alcoholism, which leads to affirmation number two, four, and nine—remove negativity.
Number five and twelve consist of learning to find self-esteem. Affirmations three, six, and 11 focus on changing their attitude of negativity, self-defeat, and low self. Affirmations seven and ten are based on bettering the relationships in which they are involved. Affirmations eight and 13 are arguably the most essential—changing their life’s priorities. This is what leads to recovery and preventing relapse.
The following are the New Life Program’s thirteen affirmations in context:
- I have a life-threatening problem that once had me.
- Negative thoughts destroy only myself.
- Happiness is a habit I am developing.
- Problems bother me only to the degree I permit.
- I am what I think.
- Life can be ordinary or it can be great.
- Love can change the course of my world.
- The fundamental object of life is emotional and spiritual growth.
- The past is gone forever.
- All love given returns.
- Enthusiasm is my daily exercise.
- I am a competent woman, and I have much to give life.
- I am responsible for myself and for my actions.
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Addiction and dependency are not an easy road to travel. It can feel endless and hopeless. And especially alone. But you are not.
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After treatment and medical detoxification, you can begin to participate in a support system for recovery at Women for Sobriety.