The path to addiction and journey toward recovery isn’t one-size-fits-all – and, in fact, males and females tend to develop, experience and recover from substance use disorders differently. So it makes sense that their experience in addiction treatment should be different, too.

Here we take a look at a few of the many benefits of gender-specific addiction treatment:

  • You’ll spend more time on gender-specific issues. Men and women often turn to drugs and alcohol for different reasons and this means that they also have different triggers and roadblocks when it comes to treatment. For examples, a history of sexual or physical trauma is more common among females while men often battle with anger or aggression.
  • You’ll focus on gender-specific relapse triggers. Again, what may lead to relapse for a woman is different than a man. What’s more, women have higher rates of relapse than men – and gender-specific treatment can better address these risks.
  • You’ll feel more comfortable. Many people find it easier to talk openly and express their emotions around peers of the same gender. The result: enhanced communication and support.
  • You’ll have fewer romantic or sexual distractions. Embarking on a sexual or romantic relationship during recovery, especially during the first year or so when you’re most vulnerable, can easily lead to relapse. Gender-specific addiction treatment programs minimize this risk and allow you to focus on the reason you’re in rehab in the first place – to get well.

Is a Gender-Specific Program Right for You?
At Guardian Intensive Outpatient Program, our gender-specific treatment offers men and women the tools they need to feel safe, empowered and confident in their recovery. To learn more about how our gender-specific programming works and why it may be an ideal setting for you or someone you love, call today: 855-517-1871.


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Anna earned her Masters of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL in 2017 and completed her internship in co-occurring disorders. Anna has a Bachelors of Art in Religious Studies from Naropa University and is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. Anna has received specialized training in somatic counseling with an emphasis on body-centered psychotherapy.