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Addiction treatment has not always provided for the unique needs of women seeking help overcoming substance abuse problems. For years, the addiction treatment environment offered mixed-gender treatment settings, which are not always conducive to comfort or feelings of safety for all participants. Fortunately, female (sometimes referred to as women-only or gender-specific) addiction treatment has evolved over the last few decades to understand the root causes of female addiction better. Today, treatment is holistic, focusing on the person rather than the addiction.

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Why Choose Women's Only Trauma Treatment?

At Casa Serena, we believe that to recover from the deep trauma which often lies beneath substance use and mental health disorders, you must feel completely safe and comfortable. This is why we offer a recovery space that is absent of a mixed population to better support your journey toward a new life. Women have specific needs and goals that separate them from men when participating in addiction treatment. Women-only treatment addresses these needs to ensure women receive the most comprehensive treatment possible in a safe and supported setting. Casa Serena's women-only treatment programs provide gender-specific therapy groups and address the biologically unique emotional and physical issues women experience as they work to overcome addiction. Additionally, a women-only treatment program increases comfort levels and inspires option communication with like-minded peers who share and support your treatment goals.

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The Connection Between
Trauma and Addiction

Trauma is the body’s emotional response to any event you may find physically or emotionally harmful. Trauma incurs a wide range of emotions, such as feeling helpless, shocked, or overwhelmed.

Trauma is often caused by; domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse, severe illness or injury, the death of a loved one, witnessing an act of violence, and natural disasters. If you have experienced trauma, you may feel a wide range of emotions, including:

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Denial
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Numbness
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty Concentrating

These feelings are normal, and you do not have to experience these feelings alone. As many as 4 out of 5 women seeking treatment for substance use disorders report a lifetime history of physical assault, sexual assault, or both. Casa Serena’s experienced staff of psychiatrists and therapists are highly trained in the areas of acute trauma, complex trauma, and chronic trauma.

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What to Expect From a Women's Trauma Recovery Program

It is important to remember that there is no “timeline” for recovery from a traumatic experience. Every woman is different and responds according to their own capabilities. The effectiveness of treatment for trauma and addiction depends significantly on the type of treatment and level of support and guidance received during and after treatment ends. The most successful programs utilized a trauma-informed approach as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program. When you begin your recovery journey at a trauma recovery program, the first step is often detox. This is necessary to wean your body off the substances in a safe and supported environment. Only after you have cleansed your system of the toxic effect of drugs and alcohol can you fully immerse yourself in addiction treatment. Our caring and compassionate team of treatment professionals will work with you to create a unique treatment plan focused on your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

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Our Residential Trauma Treatment for Women

At our Santa Barbara rehab, we understand the challenges many women face when seeking addiction treatment. Our programs are designed around the needs of all women seeking to overcome addiction, including wives and moms. If you are ready to begin your journey to freedom from drug and alcohol addiction in an environment where you can heal and find freedom from trauma, contact us at Casa Serena today.
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