The following is a sampling of resources for survivors of childhood incest or abuse that I have come across and found interesting, empowering and/or helpful to the path of healing. I would love to hear any suggestions from you about resources that you’ve found supportive on your journey. Please check back from time to time as new links will be added.
Women's Centers in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts (where I live)
The Women's Center at MCSM, formerly the Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center
The Salasin Center, Greenfield Women’s Resource Center
Safe Passage in Northampton, MA
Resources for those who struggles with drug or alcohol addiction
It has been suggested to me to include here a resource list for those who are struggling with addiction. I know very well that when one has endured childhood incest or abuse, one of the coping mechanisms is to turn to drugs.
Healing the root of the problem is always best, along with turning to help for this pervasive and oh, so destructive form of self-abuse. There was a time when I struggled with alcohol addiction during one of my most abusive relationships, and my own niece is a recovering heroine addict. The Blooming of the Lotus: a spiritual journey from trauma into light can be the first step in helping with this, to know you are not alone and that it IS possible to heal. It is the first step to feeling you are not bad or worthless and that it just might be possible to risk telling another, thus beginning the road to coming out of isolation and getting help.
Some links for support with recovery:
DetoxLocal.com, built and run by recovered alcoholics, helps alcoholics and addicts educate themselves about addiction and connect them with the resources to recover. Our main purpose is to spread awareness of the addiction epidemic and offer free resources to those in need.
This resource shares the top online mental health services in your area for treating substance abuse and addiction.