Women's Drug Rehab Program
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Women and Addiction
Each year in the United States, more than 22 million people struggle with at least one substance use disorder. For many of these individuals, seeking comprehensive treatment and support at a professional rehab is vital to achieving and maintaining lasting sobriety. If you have started researching addiction rehabs, you may wonder how to determine which “type” of facility can help you meet your treatment needs and goals.
Across the nation, there are thousands of addiction treatment programs. Although all strive to provide comprehensive, evidence-based care, many offer different “levels” of care and treatment specializations. With so many options, it can quickly become challenging to determine which option is best for you. When considering rehab, it is essential to consider your specific treatment needs and goals and select the type of treatment environment that will provide the highest degree of comfort. Research has shown people seeking addiction recovery are more likely to complete their entire course of treatment if they are in a setting where they feel safe, supported, and comfortable communicating with treatment providers and other members of the treatment community.
If you have started researching treatment programs, you may have considered choosing a program that provides gender-focused treatment. Different programs address gender-specific care in different ways. Some offer addiction treatment in an entirely gender-specific setting, meaning the treatment environment offers services for either women only or men only. Other programs, like Robert Alexander Center, offer comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programs designed to meet the gender-specific treatment needs of men and women. Although our programs are open to all genders, we offer a range of therapeutic models intended to focus on the unique treatment needs of men and women.
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Addiction Treatment Personalized for Women
Research indicates that biological gender or one’s gender at birth plays a vital role in developing substance use disorders. National statistics show biological gender is a critical component of substance use and abuse factors. Some common examples include when (the age) people start using, the type of substances they use, and how their brain and body react to drugs and alcohol. Women, for example, are statistically more likely than men to report abusing prescription drugs like oxycontin or codeine. In contrast, men are more likely to struggle with challenges related to alcohol and marijuana use.
Biology also plays a significant role in why women begin using drugs and alcohol. Research shows women often start using drugs or alcohol because they seek a coping mechanism to manage or dull symptoms related to a history of trauma or trauma they experience in their current environment. Many women who are diagnosed with a substance use disorder have a family history of substance abuse, trauma, or mental illness.
When discussing differences between men and women’s substance abuse, you also have to look at the severity and consistency of use. Typically, women begin using at lower rates (lower doses or more infrequent doses) than men. However, their frequency of use and the amount they use escalates faster than males. Women often seek help overcoming addiction sooner, but frequently present with higher rates of dual diagnosis conditions such as mood disorders or anxiety disorders.
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The Benefits of a Women's Addiction Treatment Center
Men and women experience addiction in different ways. The symptoms and effects they have when actively using and when trying to get sober will vary. Therefore, their treatment needs to mirror the unique needs of each gender. For this reason, the most beneficial and effective treatment outcomes occur when seeking treatment in a program like Robert Alexander Center, where treatment models focus on the differences between the genders.
Women have specific detox and treatment needs based on how alcohol and drugs physically affect their bodies and brains. Female and male bodies are different in terms of weight, size, muscle mass, and fat composition. Due to these factors, women process alcohol and drugs differently than men. Male bodies generally consist of more water and less fat than female bodies. Because fat retains alcohol and water dilutes it, women are at a greater risk for significant physical effects of ongoing alcohol (and drug) use. They are also at an increased risk for significant physical organ damage resulting from chronic substance abuse.
There is also a range of gender-specific social concerns surrounding addiction treatment therapy. Addiction treatment providers must address these factors to ensure men and women have equal access to comprehensive and effective addiction treatment. Women entering treatment due to an addiction resulting from a traumatic event may also benefit from gender-specific programs. Those who have experienced verbal, physical, or sexual abuse at the opposite sex’s hands may not feel safe discussing these events in a group therapy setting that includes male participants. Women may feel uncomfortable sharing painful, traumatizing, and intimate life experiences in a mixed-group therapy setting. For this reason, gender-specific treatment often creates an environment that feels more welcoming and safer, especially for those dealing with trauma-related addiction. Increased comfort encourages openness and honesty, which are vital factors for the healing process throughout addiction treatment.
Women who are mothers may also benefit from gender-specific treatment. One of the most challenging aspects of treatment, if children are involved, is being away from home. However, with the support of other women and treatment professionals, they may feel more comfortable talking about the emotions and challenges of living with addiction while trying to parent.
Gender-specific therapy sessions can also focus on providing the type of care and therapeutic environment that is most beneficial to the group members. Research indicates women are generally more comfortable and successful in a treatment setting where participants are more open and willing to discuss past trauma or addiction struggles. Conversely, men are usually more successful in less personal programs that are more directed towards problem-solving and behavior modification. Therefore, the most successful treatment environments for men and women may be vastly different. Gender-specific treatment at Robert Alexander Center considers these critical treatment differences when working with you to design a treatment program to help you achieve your treatment goals.
For addiction treatment to be the most successful, it must address your unique needs and goals. The first step in finding the ideal treatment program is determining the level of care you need to safely and successfully overcome addiction. Gender-focused addiction therapy can occur in a range of treatment settings, including inpatient (residential), or outpatient programs.
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At the best women’s addiction treatment facility in Kentucky, you will work with a team of highly trained, caring, and compassionate treatment providers to help you safely and successfully overcome addiction. At Robert Alexander Center (RAC), our treatment models incorporate proven effective behavioral therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and other evidence-based therapies with holistic interventions to address the addiction to any other co-occurring mental or physical health conditions.
Addiction is a disease that is characterized by instances of relapse for both genders. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, women who complete an addiction treatment program of at least ninety days are three times more likely to maintain sobriety long-term than those who do not seek addiction treatment. If you are considering addiction treatment and are interested in a rehab program that tailors their treatment models to offer gender-focused care, contact us at Robert Alexander Center. Our admissions team is here to answer our questions about how gender-focused treatment in a drug and alcohol rehab program for men can help you achieve and maintain lasting sobriety. To learn more about our programs and how we can help, contact us today.