Sisterhood is the solidarity of women, based on shared conditions, experiences, and concerns. Studies are showing that sisterhood plays a key role in helping women overcome life’s greatest obstacles, and this includes women in recovery from addiction.
Over the decades, social isolation has increased nationwide and opportunities to join together seem more limited than ever. In Western culture, women are spending more and more time in isolation; at home and at work. However, in many Eastern cultures, women live as a community of sisters who share their lives together. In some areas, large groups of women live together separate from their families, and in other cultures, women join together during menstruation for a time of healing. As a woman, you know there are many things about your life that only another woman can truly understand and connect with you on; such as femininity and motherhood. This sisterhood support system has shown to significantly improve a woman’s mental and physical health.
When compared to men, women are naturally more communal creatures. Women seek social support and depend upon other women to provide strength, comfort, and healing. For the success of women in recovery, a strong friendship can make all the difference.
How the healing power of sisterhood can improve the health of women in recovery:
-When females befriend one another, the hormone Oxytocin is released throughout the brain, minimizing feelings of stress and providing a calming feeling.
-A 2006 study conducted by Harvard found that women battling breast cancer were 4 times more likely to survive if they had a strong support system of friends.
-Studies show that strong social ties amongst women promotes brain health.
-Women with strong social ties experience lower blood pressure and smaller waist circumference – proving sisterhood affects physical health too.
– Women with strong social attachments have a decreased risk of early cognitive decline.
Sisterhood serves as a powerful force of health and well-being in a woman’s life, creating a safe avenue for women in recovery to share their dreams, fears, and joys. Sisterhood can come from a friend, a mentor, or even a sponsor.