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The mission of Saving Our Sisters, Inc. is to provide support services and a safe, drug-free residence for women who want to recover from durg and alcohol addiction.
Our comprehensive approach to recovery addresses not only active addiction, but the systems which lead women to turn to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. We shelter women whose options have been severely limited by their addiction. A majority of our residents have been formally incarcerated and/or lack an adequate support system. Saving Our Sisters, Inc. provides access to resources so they can become both productive and integrated members of their communities. We are more than just a shelter - whenever a new resident enters our home, she becomes a part of our family.
Saving Our Sisters, Inc. illustrates a community-based approach toward substance abuse abstinence. In the S.O.S. program design, residents have a greater opportunity to develop a sense of competence toward maintaining abstinence by receiving support from peers. The involvement in the course of action plan after attending a 28 day treatment facility encourages the individual to learn how to cope effectively and independently with stressful situations that often contribute to substance abuse. This sense of self-efficacy in turn reduces the risk of relapse when women would otherwise return to former high-risk situations.
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