Are You a Single Mom With a Drug or Alcohol Problem?
Quite often, single moms condemn themselves for having a problem with substances like crystal meth, heroin, or prescription painkillers. They judge themselves harshly. This is no surprise. There is still such a stigma that surrounds addiction, and society can be unforgiving. This is heartbreaking.
Many people do not understand that a substance use disorder is a complex brain disease that negatively impacts individuals and their families. This includes single moms who sincerely want to turn their lives around and stop using drugs and alcohol.
If you are a single mom with substance use disorder, we ask that you give yourself a break. You have a sincere desire to be a loving and nurturing parent. We know you want to break the chains of addiction and be the woman and mother you were created to be. You just need a little help. That’s why we’re here.
Addiction is a Disease – You Are Sick, Not Bad
Addicted people are not bad people who need to be punished. They are sick people who need hope and healing. This includes you!
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness.”
No matter how hopeless or helpless you may feel, there is a solution to your problem. You do not have to stay trapped in the endless cycle of obsession and compulsion driven by substance abuse. You can find a new way to live. There is no shame in being sick and admitting you need help to recover.
We Provide Residential Treatment For Single Moms and Their Children
At New Directions for Women, we have been helping single moms get sober for more than 40 years. Located in beautiful Orange County, California; we are run by women for women. We are one of the only treatment centers in the United States that welcomes women with children.
We understand that addiction is a family disease. It not only affects the addicted woman; it affects her children, family members, and loved ones. Our program is designed to support women through the healing process by addressing all aspects of the recovering woman. This includes providing a stable environment and therapy for her children.
We provide a full continuum of care – from detox all the way to sober living. If you are a single mom and you are ready to reclaim your life, it may be time for you to consider staying with us for inpatient treatment.
Please Keep in Mind – Outpatient Treatment is an Option
Many single moms forgo the substance use disorder treatment they desperately need because they simply cannot afford to take time off from work. We want you to know that you can get help for a problem with addiction and keep your job if you need to attend an inpatient 28-day program. Please keep this in mind.
However; if your personal, professional, or family responsibilities prevent you from going for residential treatment, you have another option. Quite often, single moms simply don’t realize that they can still get help while staying at home to take care of their children and go to work.
At New Directions for Women, we offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that allows single moms the flexibility they need to get help. IOP takes place on our campus in the evenings, (Please insert number) times a week.
What is IOP?
IOP can be just as effective as a 28-day stay at a residential treatment center. The only difference is that clients get to go home every night to take care of their families and attend work the next day.
At IOP, you are likely to meet other single moms who are getting help for an addiction to drugs or alcohol. You are not the only one who has this problem. In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SMAMSHA) reports that approximately 8.7 million children live with an addicted parent in the United States. Connecting with other recovering single moms will help you build a strong support network for you and your children.
Clients receive all the therapy they need while being taught relapse prevention strategies at New Directions; including individual, group, and family therapy. Our IOP is designed to show single moms how to live and enjoy life without the use of drugs or alcohol. Childcare is provided.
Ready to Start Your New Life as a Single Mom in Recovery?
There is no shame getting help for a substance disorder just like there is no shame in getting treatment for other illnesses like diabetes, leukemia, or asthma. The first step is admitting you need help. This begins the recovery process and puts an end to the madness of addiction.
If you have a sincere desire to quit taking drugs or drinking alcohol – but have found you cannot stop on your own – please get help. If left untreated, addiction can be deadly. Plus, when a substance abuse disorder is running the show, you simply cannot be the mother you want to be. The drugs or alcohol will win every time.
We want to encourage you to get help now. This is the right decision for you and your family. Recovery isn’t easy, but we promise you, it’s worth it!