Pavillon expands care for women

Published 7:29 pm Thursday, March 6, 2014

by Samantha Hurst
Pavillon, a private, nonprofit residential and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center in Mill Spring has opened a new women’s extended care facility.
The Vance House, named to honor current CEO Anne Vance, expands the organization’s ability to treat female patients from 10 to 20 extended care beds. The addition also increases Pavillon’s ability to treat up to 44 women at any given time.
“Since the beginning of this year, we have had more women in treatment than men,” Vance said. “I think it is wonderful that we are reaching more women. Women are usually the last to get treatment because they are mothers, wives and there is often very little left to take care of their needs.”
Vance explained that any individual entering primary care remains in treatment for four to six weeks. During that time, individuals are exposed to the foundation of addiction treatment. They begin going through the 12 Step program and work to become sober.
Pavillon extended care is an abstinence-based program built on the foundation of the 12 Steps. Treatment includes extensive relapse prevention therapy and a strong focus on relationship mending.
Vance said studies have found that the more time individuals working toward lasting recovery spend in treatment programs, the more likely they are to achieve long-term sobriety and stability.
About 50 percent in primary care remain sober for at least a year, but Vance said when individuals receive extended care as many as 75 percent of the individuals maintain sobriety after going back to their every day lives.
Pavillon’s extended care program is designed for patients who have completed primary inpatient treatment programs at Pavillon or another treatment center. The program is designed to identify in-depth barriers to ongoing recovery and relapse prevention and, as a result, is able to provide enhanced and individualized relapse prevention therapy, core issue work and couples therapy that is relevant to early recovery.
“When they move into extended care, they begin to learn more about themselves and what in their being makes them feel bad about themselves, what is holding them back,” Vance said. “Everyone has something in their inner soul that needs some nourishment. So the group therapy is more intimate and deeper where they share more about their past. The group grows very close because they have never shared many of these things with people.”
The clinicians are also better able to treat these individuals when they are able to be more open.
“Adding the Vance House to our campus is a true testament to the work we’re doing at Pavillon to ensure lasting recovery is an attainable and foreseeable option for our patients. It’s a great honor to have it dedicated in my family name,” said Anne Vance, Pavillon CEO. “We know how important it is for those seeking recovery to continue treatment in a place focused on full renewal and understanding the why behind their addiction.”
For more information about the Vance House, contact Pavillon at 828-694-2300.

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