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Women’s Substance Abuse and Intimacy Disorders Treatment at The Right Step DFW

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The Substance Abuse and Intimacy Disorders (SAID) program at The Right Step Dallas/Ft. Worth is an innovative drug and alcohol treatment program for women only with a dual emphasis on intimacy and relationship healing. What makes us unique is our focus on the emotional challenges that can surround relationships, intimacy, grief, past losses, abuse, sexual issues and trauma issues that frequently co-occur in women with active substance use and addiction problems.

Over many years of providing addiction treatment we have noted that women often struggle to stay sober from alcohol and other drugs related to under-recognized, co-occurring emotional and relationship challenges, both past and present. Our goal is to openly address these concerns with the help of knowledgeable female professionals who know how to eliminate substance abuse, while also bringing greater connection and health to your life and relationships.

Why a ‘Women-Only’ Treatment Program?

One of the greatest strengths of early recovery lies in women developing the kind of non-sexual, non-romantic, community support that can only come from other women in a safe treatment setting. And here’s why:

  • Removing the distractions of male attention also removes unnecessary worries about how you look or what others think.
  • In a dedicated women’s program, it often feels safer to discuss deeply personal topics such as body image, trauma, sexuality and relationships.
  • By removing any pressure or competition for male attention, there are fewer distractions from the difficult work of self-examination and recovery.
  • A close-knit community of women provides an opportunity to learn from and bond with peers of all different ages and perspectives.
  • Women in the SAID program are all “growing together,” while working on the same life goals.
  • Well-managed, women-only treatment environments offer a safer, more supportive community that helps to encourage self-acceptance, shame reduction, and meaningful, healing relationships.

The SAID Difference

Our Substance Abuse and Intimacy Disorders Program utilizes a multidimensional treatment approach that combines shame resilience counseling and an integrated focus on healing past trauma, intimacy and relationship wounds, while following the best practices of evidence-based substance abuse treatment.

Our program integrates concepts from the highly successful SAID Program for men at Promises Malibu, the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch. These programs were designed and are overseen by internationally renowned addictions expert and author Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S.

After learning about your personal history and life challenges, our therapy team will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that draws from the following options:

  • Drug/Alcohol and Intimacy/Relationship/Trauma Assessments
  • Individual, Group and Family Psychotherapy
  • Daily Interactive Educational Sessions on Trauma, Relationships, Addiction, Intimacy and Related Topics
  • Nutrition Counseling with a Licensed Nutritionist
  • Fitness at a New Onsite Gym with Licensed Trainers
  • Yoga, Body Awareness and Mindfulness Meditation with Certified Experts
  • Intensive Family Involvement
  • Relapse Prevention, Individualized Aftercare Planning and Follow-Up
  • Incorporated Onsite Medical Detox and Psychiatric Stabilization
  • 12-Step Involvement
  • Psychodrama and Creative Expression Therapies
  • Dr. Brené Brown’s The Daring Way™ Shame Resilience Curriculum

Is SAID Dallas/Ft. Worth Right for You?

Some of the challenges facing the women we treat include:

  • Maintaining close relationships with people who remain actively involved with alcohol or other drugs (friends, spouses/partners, lovers, etc.)
  • A history of painful, failed relationships where sex or drug use has been the primary bond
  • Abusing substances or relapsing related to poor relationship choices
  • Having sex or relationships with people primarily because they supply alcohol or other drugs, money, gifts, or other commodities
  • Abusing alcohol or other drugs to help tolerate neglectful, unfaithful, unrewarding, abusive  and/or emotionally unavailable relationships
  • Inability to enjoy sexual intimacy without the use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Being unsuccessful at previous attempts in treatment and healing due to the distraction of romantic or sexual relationships
  • A history of engaging in romantic or sexual activity in the very same environments where you went for help (e.g., drug rehab, therapy groups, faith-based groups, 12-Step meetings)
  • Making relationships and/or sexuality a greater priority than sobriety
  • Seeking healthy intimacy but instead consistently finding unhealthy relationships
  • Feeling that your relationship with food or spending has at times gotten out of control
  • When you’re not in a relationship, drinking or using other drugs to cope with the discomfort of being alone
  • Consistently putting others’ needs ahead of yours and then drinking or using other drugs, feeling that you always come last
  • Pushing aside your own interests, beliefs, values or friendships in order to please a partner
  • Feeling like your self-worth is tied to being attractive/sexy and/or pleasing others
  • Feeling overwhelmed trying to meet the needs of work, family and a romantic partner
  • Finding yourself more focused on sexual/romantic fantasies via books, films or online than on intimate, loving relationships
  • A history of physical, emotional, sexual or family trauma
  • Inability to maintain relationship fidelity due to affairs, anonymous intimacy or relationship secrets
  • Giving up on love, sex or relationships to avoid repeating painful past mistakes

The Team

Avery Rowles, MA, LPC, CSAT-C, CDFW-C, EMDR II

SAID Therapist

avery-rowles-smallAvery earned a bachelor’s degree in literary studies with a minor in economics/finance and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating with honors in both. She went on to complete her master’s degree in counseling psychology at Texas Woman’s University and has worked in the field of trauma and addiction for more than five years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Avery has appeared on the A&E show “Intervention” and has been interviewed by Dallas Child magazine regarding mothers and alcohol consumption.


The Daring Way™

The Right Step DFW is a certified Brené Brown The Daring Way™ Shame Resilience program. Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is the best-selling author of Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly, a renowned TED Talks speaker, and columnist for The Oprah Magazine (O). At The Right Step DFW, we embrace Dr. Brown’s research outcomes, which suggest that shame reduction and healthy emotional resilience are primary steps required for long-term recovery. We further believe that healthy pride in yourself, combined with the willingness to share the full truth of your life experience, are some of the essential elements required for healing.

The High Cost of Choosing the Wrong Treatment

Many women abuse alcohol or other drugs in a maladaptive attempt to meet healthy, unmet emotional needs. Treatment programs that focus exclusively on the alcohol/drug problem can inadvertently miss or dismiss strongly correlated relationship, intimacy and romantic challenges that can lead to relapse. If unaddressed, these concerns can leave a recovering woman lacking the full range of coping skills required to successfully navigate early sobriety and a healthy, engaged life. As a result, long-term sobriety suffers, while emotional turmoil and misdirected attempts to meet healthy emotional needs can lead back to the comfort of alcohol and other drugs.

It is a fact that women are more likely than men to enter substance abuse treatment with a history of unresolved trauma. It is also a fact that women are more likely than men to struggle with active addictions related to romantic, sexual, relationship and intimacy problems. Given these facts, we have found that women who leave treatment without having fully addressed these co-occurring concerns have an increased risk of returning to active substance abuse.

Let Your Healing Journey Begin

At The Right Step DFW, we deeply believe that creating a healthy life isn’t simply about eliminating alcohol and drug use – it’s about learning to celebrate your life by embracing joy, connection and emotional fulfillment. We directly address the emotional challenges that underlie addiction, specifically problems with intimacy, relationships, sexuality, past abuse or trauma. We also understand that today’s complexities of juggling work, family and other competing priorities can consume today’s women, so we work to help you restore the kind of life balance that can bring hope and healing to you and those you love.

Your healing journey begins with just one step. Take that first step now by calling SAID DFW.