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Meet Holly Wilson of Women’s Recovery in South Colorado Blvd

Today we’d like to introduce you to Holly Wilson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Holly. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
On June 6, 2011, I decided that I wanted to make a major change in my life. The biggest issue that I could recognize at that time was my alcohol consumption. I sought out treatment for alcohol abuse. My plan was to dry out for a couple of months, get into really good shape physically, and then I could probably drink normally and my problems would go away. Little did I know that making a choice to stop drinking was just the tip of the iceberg. In recovery, I have learned so much about myself and how to create the life that I really wanted to live. I felt that I was given so much in this process that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping other women. This was my inspiration for starting my own program, Women’s Recovery.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have definitely been a lot of challenges along the way. Before I started the program, everyone told me that I was crazy for wanting to open an outpatient program that was gender-specific since so few women seek residential treatment. They saw women’s treatment as serving a “niche population” and did not think it would be sustainable. In the first couple of months, I was worried that they were right. It took me some research and brainstorming, but after understanding the barriers that women face in seeking treatment, I was able to find a new, innovative way to bring more women into treatment. The model of addiction treatment that has been advertised to the U.S. over the past 10 years (especially over the last five years) are treatments specifically designed for men. Studies are focused on men, treatments are for men. Men and women are offered the same recovery modalities, but women have completely different experiences with addiction and thus need completely different treatment.

Please tell us about Women’s Recovery.
I believe strongly that women should not have to hit “rock bottom” in order to get help. Everyone has some sort of trauma in their lives, whether that is “big t” or “little t” trauma. Either scenario can affect mental health, wellness, and lead to addiction or prevent full recovery. At Women’s Recovery, we have recovery programs that are tailored specifically for women and some of their challenges including maintaining parental and familial responsibilities. Treatment is not a simply a medical process, it is a nuanced process that equally addresses a woman’s biological, sociological, and psychological needs. Women’s Recovery offers a highly individualized program that tailors treatment plans for each woman. We offer substance abuse, mental health, and trauma treatment for adult women and we are one of very few outpatient treatment programs that is gender-specific for women in the country. I believe that women can and should be empowered leaders of their own recovery journey, and our work at Women’s Recovery supports this mission.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Due to the current recommendations surrounding COVID-19, we are figuring out how to provide the best remote support possible to individuals for their recovery needs. We are using telehealth services which allow remote one-on-one counseling with our clients. It’ll be interesting to track the results to determine the long term viability, historically in-person counseling is widely accepted as the most effective method. But as we don’t have that option at the moment, we’ll be tracking our clients as they move through our program utilizing telehealth platform and will adjust as necessary. In the future we are looking forward to being able to expand to new geographic areas where women are currently not provided these services or do not have the comprehensive services they need in order to be successful.

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