Published on June 29, 2017 in The Intelligencer by Jennifer Wagner
The Malvern Institute has opened a new residential addiction treatment program with a focus on addressing trauma and co-occurring mental health disorders in women.
Addiction treatment has evolved over the years to focus not only on drug and alcohol use, but also other issues that people may deal with at the same time. Research has shown that for many women in addiction treatment, those issues include trauma from experiences including violence and abuse.
Malvern’s new Women’s Empowerment Program, or WE, was designed with that in mind, emphasizing the importance of gender-specific treatment and focusing on building strength and resiliency.
“No matter when the trauma occurred, women in early recovery need to bond with other women and learn to rebuild their relationships, to have the best opportunity to have success in their recovery and to reclaim their lives,” said Pat McGovern, director of treatment programming at Malvern, who is certified in co-occurring disorders and trauma.
The program is a “safe place” in its own residential wing at Malvern’s Willow Grove campus in Upper Moreland, and has a community lounge and female counselors and clinical aides.
Women in the program will have access to therapy to develop coping skills to manage their ongoing symptoms, as well as art and music therapy, yoga, drum circles, meditation, small groups and educational sessions on topics such as parenting and building self-esteem.
The program opened in the beginning of June and is now accepting patients.