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Lori Hanson, left, and Jeanine Porter, both licensed alcohol and drug counselors with Divine Hope Counseling in Willmar, gear their new business to women struggling with drug and alcohol addictions and mental health issues. They also provide addiction education and counseling for senior citizens. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)

New counseling service targets treatment of women


WILLMAR -- When a woman who's fighting chemical dependency sits in a counseling session with a group of men, the mind games and the horrors of their addictions can creep in and make recovery difficult.

Experiences of being intimidated or sexually abused by men, or experiences of competing for and winning a man's attention in order to boost self-esteem or to get someone to buy them drinks or drugs, can become mingled with the therapy session.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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