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Character Issues

Addiction can cause those affected by it to lose themselves. Personality changes, difficulty relating to others and antisocial behaviors are all common side effects of substance abuse. From the inside, these changes can chip away at your relationships. You might feel like you can’t trust your loved ones, or that you don’t have anything in common with your friends anymore.

Part of recovering from addiction is learning how to rebuild these relationships: addressing your personality changes, finding out who you are substance-free and bringing healthy attitudes and qualities back into your life. At Villa Tranquil, we focus on creating a community where women overcoming addiction and mental health disorders can feel safe and comfortable finding themselves again. Our private and peaceful environment is ideal for letting go of past traumas and experiences and embracing a new you in recovery.

Building Trust

Broken trust can take a lot of work to repair. Trust is based on faith — a belief that a person will be there for you based solely on their words or promises. When they show you that their words were false, a seed of doubt is planted in your mind. If you break someone’s trust in you, it can take years and even a lifetime to prove to them that you won’t do it again. And, in the face of addiction, trust is one of the most important characteristics to build but one of the easiest to forget — your family’s trust in you to recover, your trust in your loved ones to support you and the trust between you and your therapists or counselors. We can teach you how to trust and how to build trust, through relationships with your peers and counselors and with the therapies and workshops we offer to help you understand faith and forgiveness.

Teaching Empathy

The mental state brought on by addiction and many of its most common co-occurring disorders can make it very difficult to relate to others in a healthy, constructive way. Empathy is defined as the ability to share or imagine sharing another person’s feelings or emotions. Since substance abuse and mental health disorders can cause you to retreat into yourself, even to the point of acting selfishly and without regard for others, empathy is often lost over the course of addiction. Learning empathy during your recovery will help you understand how your addiction and your actions have impacted others in your life. We aim to teach empathy to the women in our program by encouraging honest and open communication, using one-on-one and group therapies to find the right language to talk about emotions and encouraging self-reflection through meditation.

Finding Courage

It takes great strength and bravery to fight an addiction. Taking your first step toward recovery is a deliberate and often humbling choice, and the road to recovery can be full of setbacks and obstacles. At Villa Tranquil, we know that everyone will find some barriers along their way to recovery, but we have also seen so many women overcome these barriers and leave our program with hope and courage. Recovery is also a lifelong battle; your addiction may resurface when you least expect it, and it will take the emotional strength you learned during your recovery to continue to fight to stay sober. We give you the tools you need to face every day substance-free for the rest of your life: tools like healthy habits to replace addictive ones, communication skills to tell your loved ones when you need their help and faith in God to keep you supported in times of difficulty.

Strengthening Loyalty

Almost everyone would agree that you can’t recover from addiction by yourself. You need a community and a support system to build you up when things feel hopeless, and you need people you can talk to who will understand your needs. Loyalty is a necessary part of building a community of these people around yourself. Addiction and mental illness can cause you to abandon your friends or family, whether your compulsions lead you to surround yourself with other substance users or your mental disorder makes you act antisocial or withdrawn. But loyalty means recognizing the people in your life who truly want the best for you, and sticking by their side even when things get hard. Our focus on community building, our emphasis on finding a long-term support system and our counseling and therapy programs can help you learn how to surround yourself with those who are loyal to you, and how to be loyal to them in return.