Friday, October 2, 2015

Rehab Director says YES Institute Inspires Client Recovery

Holistix by the Sea, an in-patient drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Broward County, regularly invites YES Institute speakers to address their clients. 

“We see positive transformations that support them in their sobriety,” says Dr. Alison Tarlow, Clinical Director. “Those that were previously bullied and unable to find their voice, seem to find it. Many of our clients report that they don’t have to feel so different, regardless of their sexuality or other social identity. Slurs and obscenities based on race, gender, and sexual orientation, seem to stop altogether." 

She continues, “Many of our clients come from backgrounds where discussing sexual orientation or gender identity are taboo subjects. After a two-hour dialogue with YES Institute, they gain a much better understanding of what their peers face and are able to better empathize with them. Our community members who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual feel more at ease and are more confident to reach out and find a network that supports them."

Alison concludes, “The monthly visits from YES Institute empower our treatment community to start talking about underlying issues and sharing more authentically about topics they’ve been dealing with. These conversations are invaluable in the education, broad-mindedness, and acceptance of both the self and the other.” 

YES Institute has served Holistix by the Sea since June 2014. 

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