New program at Pavillon focuses on women in substance abuse recovery

Published 3:21 pm Thursday, June 10, 2010

Citing a growing need for an effective program for women, Pavillon Treatment Center, located 45 minutes from Asheville near Lake Lure, announces the opening of its Extended Care Trauma Recovery Program for women with substance use disorders and persistent relapse issues related to unresolved trauma.

Research shows – and outcomes reveal – that providing women with their own focused trauma recovery program leads to the likelihood of sustained sobriety rather than repeated bouts of relapse.

For many reasons, female patients may not have dealt with unresolved trauma during their primary treatment, and if that is the case, then relapse can become a greater threat to sustained recovery, explained Dr. John Roberts, addiction psychiatrist with Pavillon.

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Following primary residential care at Pavillon, or from another treatment center, the Extended Care Program provides an additional layer of more focused treatment. For women struggling with unresolved trauma, extended time in specialized treatment that addresses recovery from the traumatic events can be that vital link to a life that is not as vulnerable to the triggers of relapse.

While Pavillon has long ascribed to the value and benefit of providing gender responsive treatment, we believe our newest program puts a stronger focus on the issues surrounding womens recovery needs, said Anne Vance, CEO.

The Extended Care Program for Women is located in a separate sober living residence on the main campus of Pavillons 141-acre campus in Polk County.

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answers a growing need in this region so that families and patients are not separated by having a loved in treatment far from home, observed Susan Hickerson, a therapist in the extended care program.

Each woman in the trauma recovery program receives her own individual treatment plan with a team of licensed, credentialed and full-time staff that includes a certified addiction counselor, addiction psychiatrist, physician and other medical staff, a nutritionist, wellness coordinator and spiritual care coordinator

Pavillon provides residential and outpatient addiction treatment, education and continuing care programs for patients and family members from around the nation. Pavillon is not-for-profit and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Services, CARF. For more information, visit or call 828-694-2300.