Women’s Addiction Treatment
Men and women who are suffering from substance abuse disorders often deal with concerns, challenges and issues that are unique to their gender. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance use disorders generally progress very differently for women than they do for men. Women have shown to begin abusing substances at much lower doses than men, but women increase or escalate dosage much more rapidly than men. Additionally, women have shown greater rates of relapse than men after an initial period of sobriety. Women tend to become physically and psychologically dependent on substances more quickly than their male counterparts, and they often enter substance abuse treatment with additional underlying issues, such as eating disorders or other mental health concerns.
For this reason (amongst others), women’s addiction treatment groups are ideal for addressing core issues during early recovery. Gender-specific treatment allows clients to feel safe and open up honestly about issues that are unique to them. Our women’s addiction treatment and therapeutic groups thoroughly address gender-specific topics in a safe and supportive environment.
Examples of Women’s Issues We Address:
- Sexual, Physical or Emotional abuse – Many women who experienced abuse at the hands of a partner, spouse or another male feel far more comfortable opening up about their experiences in a group of women.
- Motherhood & Household Responsibilities – Many women feel a certain level of societal pressure to fill the traditional role of homemaker, which can lead to gender-specific stress and other related concerns.
- Body Image Issues – Women are more likely than men to suffer from eating disorders and body image issues as well as substance abuse. These issues could stem from unresolved trauma or from pressure associated with mainstream beauty standards.
These are just several examples of the gender-specific struggles that women tend to face. Our women’s group therapy sessions touch on these issues and many others, allowing women to be truly vulnerable, heal alongside other women and experience personal empowerment.