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Published:June 14th, 2010 15:32 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Tina DePaolis, Orchid Recovery Center

Judyth Piazza chats with Tina DePaolis, Orchid Recovery Center

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)
Tina DePaolis


The Orchid is a drug and alcohol rehab facility located in South Florida that is specifically geared to the needs of women afflicted with addiction and unresolved trauma. The Orchid was founded to meet the needs of women that were not being addressed by the recovery community. The Orchid holds the belief that substance abuse in women has a cause, a progress and a societal perception different than that of men. Specifically women addicts are more likely to have poor self concepts of guilt and blame, and mental health problems than male addicts. Furthermore, they are more likely than men to let social stigma, labeling and guilt prevent them from seeking help.

The Orchid Model of recovery was created to address these differences. It provides a different experience due to its embrace of the relational growth model first espoused by Dr. Karen Dodge, its focus on trauma and its dedication to a holistic approach to recovery. The relational growth model poses that recovery in women is more likely to be successful when a woman is a part of a trusting, interdependent network of other women. To help women create this network, the relational growth model guides and encourages women to live, work, play and communicate with one another during the recovery process.

The Orchid Model of treatment identifies that the impact of untreated trauma on women in early recovery can be devastating. This trauma often leads to unhealthy choices, a continuing inability to function without chemicals and chronic relapse. This trauma can be significant or persistent physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse in either the past or present that affects a woman`s self-esteem, emotional well-being or ability to cope.

The Orchid Model`s commitment to a holistic healing informs The Orchid`s embrace of a wide variety of treatment modalities. Cognitive behavioral therapy techniques are used in conjunction with other drug treatment modalities more conducive to coaxing expression and resolution in women with issues of trust and articulation of pain. Healing art therapy, dynamic group work, psychodrama treatment, family sculpting and twelve step recovery, are all tools used for women to receive maximum therapeutic benefits, throughout their treatment experience.

The Orchid believes that for an addicted woman to have a successful recovery, other psychiatric issues must be vigorously, effectively and simultaneously addressed. The Orchid uses present focused therapy and does not seek to elicit painful traumatic events from clients` past. The focus of the treatment is to provide information and therapy to clients within the parameters of safe, supportive and clinically appropriate techniques.

A dedication to holistic healing also informs the supportive treatment modalities that address our clients` bodies and spirit. Conscious eating, regular vigorous exercise and participation in spiritual work such as yoga therapy, meditation and Twelve Step meetings are all valuable parts of the Orchid Model. An important part of the Orchid Model is the facility itself. Instead of an institutional or medical services appearance, the The Orchid is designed with the aesthetics of healing in mind. Colors have been chosen to create specific feelings of energy or calm, and the rooms have been designed to foster either socialization or quiet contemplation.

Clinical Program Director: Tina DePaolis, LMHC, NCC, CAP, CCJAP
Ms. DePaolis has worked in the field of addictions and mental health for over 20 years, with an emphasis on severe personality and mood disorders. Ms. DePaolis is the rarest of professionals, who has held high-profile positions at several levels within the industry, including therapist, director and consultant in a number of different modalities. Tina has also developed and supervised programs for managed care, legally involved clients, offenders and victims of domestic violence and genderl-specific treatment. Tina was trained in experiential therapy, family sculpting and psychodrama early in her career under the tutelage of Lois Klocek, MS who studied under Mary Lee Zawadski who was featured in Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse`s video entitled "Another Chance". She is knowledgeable in all regulatory and ethical guidelines of treatment services. Tina is a skilled trainer and a nationally renowned speaker on a variety of topics related to substance abuse and mental illness. She is the Clinical Treatment Team Leader and oversees the clinical aspects of all client cases and provides supervision to the clinical staff. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Addictions Professional, and Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional and is also a Certified Pet Therapist.

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