Are Men and Women Separated in Rehab?
In traditional rehab programs, men and women are not separated. But there are gender-specific treatment options available as women’s rehab program, and some people prefer these to others. For a variety of reasons, men and women in recovery may choose to work toward sobriety with same-sex peers.
The Differences in Substance Abuse Rates from Men to Women
Historically, substance abuse rates have been higher among men than they have been among women. But this statistic falls flat when it comes to painting a complete picture. Men are more likely to use most illicit drugs.
This drug use is also more likely to land them in the emergency room or result in a fatal overdose. But women are equally likely to have a substance use disorder as men. Studies show that women may also be more susceptible to cravings and relapses.
While the rates and stigmas remain different, treatment is just as important for women as it is for men. In 2016, 44.9 percent of American females aged 12 or older reported using illicit drugs in their lifetime.
Many reported misusing prescription drugs, including opioid pain relievers and mood-boosting benzodiazepines, some of the most addictive and dangerous drugs to misuse. Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better life.
Our comprehensive addiction programs provide just that.
Why Choose a Women’s Rehab Program?
Men and women often experience addiction differently. They abuse different substances, at different rates, for different reasons, and with different outcomes. The differences can be slight or profound, depending on the circumstances. But there are differences all the same.
And there are also biological and cultural differences to consider. We’ll talk more about those differences in the challenges of treatment section. First, let’s talk about some of the benefits of gender-specific treatment for women in recovery.
Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment for Women
It is true that substance abuse tends to occur at higher rates among men than among women. But women experience greater severity of problems and more frequent health-related symptoms from substance use, across the lifetime of their usage, than their male counterparts.
Women also tend to lose control of their drinking habits more quickly than men and seek treatment sooner. Because men and women experience addiction and health differently, there are benefits to separate-sex treatments.
Attending a women’s detox program and treatments may:
- Focus on addressing the unique root causes of female addiction (studies show that men abuse substances for the perceived benefits while women abuse substances as a coping mechanism.)
- Promote a sense of comfort and camaraderie among women with a shared experience.
- Reduce distractions and disagreements between clients of different genders, allow for more direct, productive, open, and honest communication in group settings.
- Address female-specific biological and cultural concerns, such as working and mothering.
- Make it easier to build long-term support systems among peers.
- Allow group participation in the most effective treatment methods (studies show that men and women respond differently to different therapies and other treatment methods.)
The reasons for choosing between a general or a women’s detox program and addiction treatments are personal. No two people experience their addiction the same way. And it’s okay if you’re not sure where to begin.
We will meet you where you are in your recovery journey, even if reading this is your very first step, and we will help you build toward a better place.
Challenges of Treatment in Women’s Rehab Programs
There are several special considerations for women in rehab, including motherhood and the stigma of addiction, that are unique. Women tend to choose different substances, use them differently, and react differently to them, too.
Finding childcare, accessing the appropriate prescription medications, addressing the unique root causes women experience, and addressing specific mental health challenges are additional barriers. We have designed well-rounded programs that meet a wide range of needs.
Choosing a gender-specific treatment program allows for greater focus to land on these unique challenges. This involves addressing both the physical and mental aspects of addiction.
Dual Diagnosis and Treatment for Women
In addition to the differences we have already mentioned, mental health is another important consideration. This is an area that tends to affect more women than men in recovery. For women, substance abuse is often a coping mechanism.
Many women abuse alcohol or drugs to cope with past trauma, abusive relationships and situations, or undiagnosed mental health disorders. Sometimes, each of these triggers co-exists. Women experience higher rates of co-occurring psychological distress.
Mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, are some of the most common. When a mental health disorder and addiction co-exist, dual diagnosis treatment becomes necessary. Treating these conditions together is crucial for a few reasons.
But the biggest and most important reason is that treating only one condition out of two can lead to relapse down the road. A woman who treats her addiction but continues battling untreated depression may find herself reaching for a bottle or a pill to cope with the symptoms later on.
Similarly, a woman who treats her depression but ignores her addiction may find that her drinking and drug habits are triggering her depressive symptoms again. Dual diagnosis care offers a well-rounded approach to help you improve your overall well-being.
And a key component in any rehab program, dual diagnosis or otherwise, is therapy.
DBT and Other Therapies for Women’s Addiction Treatment
Researched, developed, and proven over many decades, therapy is one of the most effective treatment options any of us has. In therapy, our clients work toward many goals, including:
- Gaining a deeper understanding of addiction triggers and root causes.
- Developing healthy habits, coping mechanisms, and peer or family support systems.
- Replacing damaging thought patterns and behaviors with positive alternatives.
- Repairing damaged relationships.
- Developing the valuable life skills required to lead a successful sober life.
- Managing the necessary prescription medications.
- Boosting your confidence and self-esteem.
DBT or dialectical behavioral therapy is a large part of this. This type of therapy involves identifying and changing negative thinking patterns, prompting positive behavioral changes. This and other therapies we offer, including family counseling, art therapy, music therapy, and mindfulness, help us work toward many meaningful recovery goals.
Importance of the Recovery Community of and for Women
One of the biggest benefits of gender-specific addiction treatments is the opportunity to build strong support systems. Many women who attend our programs build life-long friendships, receive unconditional support and understanding, and learn from one another.
In family counseling, we also teach you how to achieve these same goals with others outside of these walls. Receiving the appropriate support from family and friends when you return home can help practice relapse prevention when challenges inevitably arise.
Orange County Women’s Rehab Programs
At Divine Detox, we understand that every addiction is unique. And this applies not only to different genders but even to different individuals, too. Starting with your detox and lasting through treatment, each step of your care plan will be customized according to your unique needs. There are no one-size-fits-all treatments here.
Our dedicated experts run inpatient, outpatient, and sober living programs that have changed countless lives right here in Southern California. We also offer comprehensive aftercare treatment options for women who wish to continue with us after completing formal programs.
This is customized addiction care done right. And when you’re ready to start building your customized care plan, we’re ready to help. Call us today at 818-938-2177 for more information.