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Women for Sobriety

Women for Sobriety has one goal: to help women who are fighting dependence upon alcohol and other substances to do so to the best of their ability. By catering to the issues that are commonly experienced by women as they go through the process of building a new life in sobriety, the hope of founder Dr. Jean Kilpatrick is that women will be able to stick to their new convictions and find the strength they need to remain sober for the long term.

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Women for Sobriety Quick Facts

  • Women for Sobriety was the first national self-help program to provide recovery support solely to women.
  • The group grew out of the experience in recovery of a single woman, Dr. Jean Kilpatrick.
  • Rebuilding self-esteem is a primary goal and accomplished by daily repetition of 13 affirmations.
  • Women for Sobriety has been helping female alcoholics in recovery since July of 1976.
  • New Life groups allow participants in Women for Sobriety to help each other along and better deal with the challenges that may become obstacles to long-term sobriety.

13 Statement Program

The idea behind the 13 statements is to reinforce a positive view of oneself and one’s experience every day. The idea is that if you can alter your perspective to a more positive slant then your experience with others and throughout the day will be more positive in general. When you feel better about your life and yourself, you are less likely to relapse due to depression or lack of self-esteem.

13 Affirmations

Participants in the Women for Sobriety program are encouraged to utilize the 13 affirmations below by repeating each one of them out loud during a time of private meditation at the start of each day. Next, it is recommended to adopt one of the affirmations below as the motto of the day and take time out periodically to ruminate upon its principles and apply them actively to how one thinks, acts and feels about the events of the day. Every evening, participants are encouraged to again meditate upon the 13 affirmations and consider the beneficial effects their utilization had on the day. According to their site, the 13 affirmations are:

  1. I have a life-threatening problem that once had me.
    I now take charge of my life and my disease. I accept the responsibility.
  2. Negative thoughts destroy only myself.
    My first conscious sober act must be to remove negativity from my life.
  3. Happiness is a habit I will develop.
    Happiness is created, not waited for.
  4. Problems bother me only to the degree I permit them to.
    I now better understand my problems and do not permit problems to overwhelm me.
  5. I am what I think.
    I am a capable, competent, caring, compassionate woman.
  6. Life can be ordinary or it can be great.
    Greatness is mine by a conscious effort.
  7. Love can change the course of my world.
    Caring becomes all important.
  8. The fundamental object of life is emotional and spiritual growth.
    Daily I put my life into a proper order, knowing which are the priorities.
  9. The past is gone forever.
    No longer will I be victimized by the past. I am a new person.
  10. All love gives returns.
    I will learn to know that others love me.
  11. Enthusiasm is my daily exercise.
    I treasure all moments of my new life
  12. I am a competent woman and have much to give life.
    This is what I am and I shall know it always.
  13. I am responsible for myself and for my actions.
    I am in charge of my mind, my thoughts, and my life.

Dr. Jean Kirkpatrick

The founder of Women in Sobriety, Dr. Jean Kirkpatrick, was an alcoholic for more than 13 years of her life. As she began the process of recovery, she noted the issues she had mentally and emotionally that she felt became obstacles to her ability to maintain focus in sobriety. Rather than be cowed by these challenges, she developed a way to deal them that were functional for her – and then adapted them so that women everywhere could benefit from her discoveries.

Women and Alcoholism

Women who struggle with drinking often have different needs for recovery than men. Emotional issues, hormonal fluctuations, and a unique perspective on success and life can be hugely beneficial for women – or hold them back from accomplishing their goals. Self-esteem is often a major issue among women who are fighting to remain sober. When women don’t feel good about themselves or positive about their ability to provide beneficial contributions to their own lives and the lives around them, they are more likely to fall into a depression and turn to alcohol and other drugs in order to numb those feelings.

Do You Need Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Dependence?

Women are also less likely to seek treatment when they need it for dependence upon drugs and alcohol due to stigma, childcare conflicts, and a lack of financial resources. What is stopping you from getting the help you need to heal from addiction? Do you think Women for Sobriety could be part of a well-rounded program to help you get your life back on track? Contact us today to learn more about your options in treatment and to be matched with the right treatment services for your needs.