Women Veterans Substance use Disorder & Sober Living

Reach Out Addiction & Recovery House Inc.  wants to change and redirect the lives of women and women veterans suffering from substance abuse disorder. 

Whether homeless with nowhere to live or struggling with opioid, heroin or alcohol addiction as well as mental health issues.

Currently there are no sober living homes for female veterans. New Jersey does have transitional housing for homeless veterans, male and female. However, there are no sober living houses.

Female veterans also need a sober living environment.

This is why the CEO & founder, Btidgitte Cleveland decided it was time for someone to make it happen and so the organizations Board of directors got together and created a section in the Organization for female veterans suffering with Substance use disorder & mental Health.

Zakiyyah Dizly, one of the ROAR Board members is a Veteran who was in the Military and has proudly served her country.

Zakiyyah Dizly will be in charge of the women veterans section for our organization

Zakiyyah Dizly performed quality control inspections of incoming and outgoing sensitive electronic equipment.

Repaired night visions devices, chemical agent detectors, mine detectors and various other electronic devics.

Supervised and trained six subordinates in the Electronics Maintenance Facility.

Trained and inspected the work of ten electronics technicians for a contract team for the Department of Defense.

Zakiyyah Dizly is also a Certified Substance Abuse Practitioner.

Certified HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Educational Training as well as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.

There are no sober living homes in existence, which is a huge reason why they are needed.

Female veterans face similar problems as their male counterparts: homelessness, suicidal ideation and attempts, substance abuse, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and more. Unfortunately,women experience these problems more severely than male veterans, OFTEN WITH LESS SUPPORT.

Though more men than women Veterans are treated for substance abuse, the number of women Veterans admitted to treatment programs has been on the rise. More than half of women Veterans in these programs are treated for alcohol abuse and more than one-fifth for cocaine use, followed by opiates, marijuana, and other drugs.

More female veterans live in poverty or suffer transience compared to male veterans: 9.4 percent of women vets live in poverty compared to 6.7 percent of male vets; and 15.3 percent of disabled women vets live in poverty compared to 9.4 percent of male vets. Homeless female vets are overrepresented in the homeless population compared to civilian women. Stress from trauma due to early childhood suffering, domestic or intimate partner abuse, sexual and physical abuse at work, and combat exposure mean that women in the military are at a much higher risk of suffering from PTSD, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, and other severe problems that all veterans are at risk of.

Women face a unique set of challenges associated with their military service that can lead to substance abuse. Studies indicate they are twice as likely as men to develop posttraumatic stress disorder, twice as likely to have serious psychological distress, and approximately one out of five women Veterans reportsmilitary sexual trauma.

For these reasons and so many more, it is vital that female veterans have a place that will foster and nurture the care that they stand in need of to meet theirmental, emotional, and physical needs as this is vital to and for the recovery process.