The Orchid is a drug and alcohol rehab facility located in South Florida that is specifically geared to the needs of women afflicted with addiction and unresolved trauma. A women’s treatment center is better equipped to address the gender-specific problems of women in recovery.
The Orchid was founded to meet the needs of women that were not being addressed by the recovery community. The Orchid holds the belief that substance abuse in women has a cause, a progress and a societal perception different than that of men. Specifically women addicts are more likely to have poor self-concepts of guilt and blame, and mental health problems than male addicts. Furthermore, they are more likely than men to let social stigma, labeling and guilt prevent them from seeking help.
The Orchid Model of recovery was created to address these differences. It provides a different experience due to its embrace of the relational growth model first espoused by Dr. Karen Dodge, its focus on trauma and its dedication to a holistic approach to recovery. The relational growth model poses that recovery in women is more likely to be successful when a woman is a part of a trusting, interdependent network of other women. To help women create this network, the relational growth model guides and encourages women to live, work, play and communicate with one another during the recovery process.
The Orchid Model of treatment identifies that the impact of untreated trauma on women in early recovery can be devastating. This trauma often leads to unhealthy choices, a continuing inability to function without chemicals and chronic relapse. This trauma can be significant or persistent physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse in either the past or present that affects a woman’s self-esteem, emotional well-being or ability to cope.