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The Importance of Sisterhood in Addiction Recovery

Healing from an addiction of any kind is virtually impossible on your own. Triggers, urges, and cravings can come at any time, causing you to become anxious, depressed, and antisocial. However, creating bonds with your sisters while in recovery can help you avoid this and adequately cope with urges. Your sisters can hold you accountable in your recovery and help you move through difficult times. The importance of sisterhood in addiction recovery cannot be underestimated, as it can help you maintain sobriety for the long term. 

What is Sisterhood?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one definition of sisterhood is “the solidarity of women based on shared conditions, experiences, or concerns.” Sisterhood does not have to be between blood sisters but can form between women that create deep bonds. This is especially true when going through something as challenging as addiction recovery, as sisters can help encourage, motivate, and hold you accountable throughout the process.

The Benefits of Sisterhood in Recovery

There are many benefits to forming a sisterhood in your recovery. These are important to note because it can encourage women to be vulnerable and open during difficult times. 

Empowerment

Sisterhood is empowering because it encourages not only the love of others but also love for yourself. Sisters can bond and build upon secure self-esteem and confidence in recovery and help others achieve the same. One empowered woman can help strengthen the entire community. 

Empathy

One of the best ways to build sisterhood is to be open and honest with one another, sharing your faults, triumphs, and everything in between. In addiction recovery, women can bond over their shared experiences in addiction, causing them to empathize with each other. This can encourage further healing and strengthen the bonds of the sisterhood. 

Safe Space

When you are part of a sisterhood, you know you have a safe place to talk about difficult experiences and more in your life. Your sisters will always respect your privacy and anonymity without judgment, giving you a safe place to land when life becomes too much. 

 

The deep bonds of sisterhood extend long after treatment ends. Finding your sisters while recovering from addiction will give you the motivation, empowerment, privacy, vulnerability, and accountability needed in your path to healing. You cannot go through recovery alone, and connecting with other women that can empathize with you will encourage healing. At Villa Tranquil, we encourage you as a woman to bond with your sisters as you discuss your stories and goals for recovery. Our women-specific program offers women a space to heal together, making it easier to open up since women can bond over experiences specific to them. If you or a special woman in your life is struggling, we are always here to help find the light and see what sobriety can bring you. Contact us today at 214-799-3080 for more information. Together we can create a sisterhood that will last a lifetime as you find the happiness sobriety can bring you.