Coulee Recovery Center supports women as they bridge the gap they face between addiction and recovery.

The American Psychiatric Association defines addiction as, “a chronic illness that is influenced by genetic, developmental, behavioral, social, and environmental factors”.¹

Addiction is multi-faceted, and Coulee Recovery Center recognizes the need for rewarding experiences as women work towards rehabilitation. Their methods focus not only on addressing substance dependence  in the lives of women but adding positive reinforcement to their substance-free experiences.

The Women’s Craft Program at the Coulee Recovery Center offers women positive connections and creative expression as they progress towards recovery.

The craft program began with the idea that busy hands make for positive outcomes. When women at Coulee Recovery expressed interest in learning new creative skills, the Women’s Craft Program came to life.

The Women’s Craft Program is a safe, supportive, and responsive environment for women as they gain control over substance use.

Missy, a woman in long-term recovery, leads the program. First-hand experience with the feelings and symptoms participants are facing allows the facilitator to really connect. Women who participate in the program are at different points on their path to recovery, and Missy serves as an example that recovery happens and it can be sustained.

In recent years the craft program has expanded to include family members. Allowing family members to join creates an inclusive environment for women in recovery and the sessions have even served as bonding opportunities, helping to mend relationships damaged by addiction.

This addition also helps address one of the biggest barriers women face in working towards rehabilitation: child care. Many mothers fear not knowing where their kids are going to go when they seek treatment. And this fear keeps them from getting the help they need to recover. Men in recovery often do not face this same barrier. Coulee Recovery Center strives to ensure that a lack of child care is not a barrier to recovery.

Women’s Craft Program’s gender specific programming protects a time and space for women to confide in one another and begin to build healthy relationships.Many of the conversations would not occur with men in the room. Coulee Recovery Center acknowledges that gender-specific recovery programming is necessary because women experience substance use disorders differently than men.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “women may use smaller amounts of certain drugs less frequently and become addicted faster with a stronger sensitivity to drug cravings and higher likelihood to relapse after treatment”. Women use drugs for different reasons than their male counterparts and respond in different ways based on biology and broader societal influences, such as gender roles.

The Women’s Craft Program gives women the opportunity to build skills and keep their hands busy as they work through urges. The inclusive environment allows for bonding as women support each other through both the creative and recovery processes.

Coulee Recovery Center believes in the therapeutic power of crafting , and offers daytime access to their craft room for all participants outside of program sessions. 

Coulee Recovery Center continues to look for ways to expand and reinforce  the recovery process. There are hopes of one day opening a coffee shop within the building that would allow individuals in recovery to gain work experience and expand their skills to prepare for future employment.

Recovery is not a destination. And Coulee Recovery Center is helping women build skills to prepare them for the journey that begins when recovery starts.

The Coulee Recovery Center provides confidential help to individuals and families impacted by addiction and leads the community in prevention, education and awareness. To learn more about the Women’s Craft Programs and other services provided by Coulee Recovery Center check out their website. In order to stay up to date, “Like” them on Facebook.

¹ American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5). 5th ed. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing; 2013.