The Life Change Program for Women existed previously at the Mission, the disturbing increase in women’s addiction and overdose deaths – particularly with the predominance of meth and fentanyl – urged our action in prioritizing its permanent re-establishment.
Women’s physiology results in their becoming more easily addicted and having their addiction progress faster than that of men, resulting in more rapid onset of health problems and a greater likelihood of overdosing. Most women in treatment for addiction have experienced trauma, including an estimated 70% who have suffered sexual abuse.
With its opening dependent on being able to make capital improvements to an existing building. With the help of a generous community, the women’s program will extend the solid, proven foundation of the existing Life Change Program model, which has shown a success rate that is twice that of other programs for people with addiction.
This model has five phases that progress over 18 months, and is based on developing and implementing individualized plans based on each person’s barriers. It is open to those willing to step into the demanding process necessary to creating a new lifestyle of recovery – one that includes accepting responsibility for their actions, having boundaries, rebuilding and maintaining relationships, and learning how to live on a budget in a healthy community. The program includes case management, vocational and faith support, life-skills development, sponsors and mentors, and community service.
The impact of the Women’s Live Change program extends beyond the women whose lives will be transformed, as it breaks the pattern of trauma that would otherwise be handed down to succeeding generations.
If you want to apply, please print out the application, complete it, and arrange for a meeting with one of our Life Change Managers.