March is Women’s History Month
It’s a time to honor the women that helped change history and shape the future. Their dedication, passion, and commitment lead to contributions leaving an indelible mark on American–and world–history.
President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the week of March 8th, 1980 National Women’s History Week, “Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”
Seven years later, Congress expanded Women’s History Week to Women’s History Month.[/vc_column_text]
Changing the Landscape of Addiction Treatment
One woman’s brave openness with her own struggles paved the way to help countless others struggling with addiction.
Betty Ford became the first lady of the United States when her husband, Gerald, assumed the office following President Nixon’s resignation. She was well known for her openness about important–and sometimes controversial–subjects.
Betty understood the impact her position could make on influencing policy and creating change. She bravely spoke her mind about topics like equal rights for women, abortion, and divorce. Her efforts resulted in Time magazine awarding her Woman of the Year in 1975.
Betty also shared her struggles with addiction after being released from treatment in 1978. The experience had a profound effect on her. She also realized, at the time, there wasn’t an established recovery facility to meet the unique needs of women’s addiction.
In 1982, she helped establish the Betty Ford Center dedicated to helping all people–especially women–recover from chemical dependency. Throughout the years, the Betty Ford Center has become a beacon of hope for many struggling with addiction.
Recover Integrity Honors Today’s Women Impacting the Future
Recover Integrity is an intensive outpatient program that also offers sober living accommodations for men struggling with addiction. We are grateful for the huge impact these women on our team have made to our client’s and our community. Their commitment, care, and expertise play an invaluable role in supporting the recovery journeys of our clients and their families.
This month we want to celebrate the women of Recover Integrity! It’s not easy work. Their compassion and willingness to see others through to better days is an integral part of the success of our program.
With great pride, we want to give a shout out to:
- Arielle Rapaport, LMFT–Assistant Clinical Director
- Ashley Adams, LMFT–Primary Therapist & Clinical Supervisor
- Ashley Nahai, LMFT–Primary Therapist
- Leslie Wenzell, SUDRC–Group Facilitator
- Susie Lunar, House Manager
- Rosa Ramirez, Chef
Over the course of this month, we will honor each woman individually on social media. Keep an eye out!
And we thank all the women who create the spaces to help heal and transform the world.
We encourage you to show gratitude for the women around you who often create unseen ripples that turn into waves of positive change.
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“If you truly pour your heart into what you believe in, even if it makes you vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen.”