The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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November 24, 2005

MOTHER PROGRAM

Women beating substance abuse through three-phase plan

You don’t have to be a mother to participate in an FMRS-sponsored program that helps women combat substance abuse.

The Maternal Options Toward Healthy Recovery or MOTHER program is an intensive substance abuse treatment program for women.

“One of the misconceptions because of the acronym MOTHER, is that you have to be a mother to receive services. Actually, the program is for any female 18 or older who has a substance abuse problem and wants help,” said Linda Lane, activities director-case manager.

The program combines resources from FMRS Health Systems, Pinehaven Homeless Services, which houses and provides meals for the women, and a variety of health care and social service resources. The program phases women through a three-part recovery effort and long-range follow-up measures, Lane said.

Using a multi-faceted approach, the program moves new clients into a six-week phase of intensive recovery. They must regularly attend Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous and participate in intensive recovery groups, such as skill groups, parenting groups and recreational activities.

“Our efforts are all designed to help women deal with the emotional issues that have led to their addictions,” Lane said. “We want the community to know more about who we are and what we have to offer.”

The public will get the opportunity to do just that when the program hosts an open house Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.

“This is an opportunity for people to come to the facility, enjoy some refreshments, look over materials that tell about our program and ask questions,” Lane said.

She hopes to see more referrals to the agency as people become more aware of its scope of services.

“When women first come in, they battle a sense of low self-esteem, and some of them have built up a tough image to hide their true feelings. We help them to identify and deal with all those survival mechanisms they have built up over the years. Once they learn how those emotions and attitudes contribute to addictive behaviors, the women can begin to work on those issues,” Lane said.

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