Women’s Addiction Treatment Program
Gender-specific treatment refers to the environment in which treatment is completed. At the Destination Hope Women’s Program, clients will join a sisterhood of women who are working toward sobriety together.
A women’s only program allows patients to focus on achieving sobriety without the distractions that arise in a co-ed environment, such as insecurities or attraction. Some patients may also feel safer boarding with women and may be more likely to express themselves during group therapy among their own peers.
Men and women have different needs and each person’s battle with addiction is different. The gender-specific programs at Destination Hope are tailored to meet the needs of each individual woman.
Drugs & Alcohol Affect Women Differently
Did you know that drug use is different in women than men? For example, women are more likely to have a spouse that supports their substance abuse. Women are also more likely to be victims of sexual abuse or physical abuse, factors that often contribute to substance abuse.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, women face higher risks than men because they can begin to have alcohol-related problems at lower drinking levels than men. Women also have less water in their bodies than men, which can account for a higher concentration of alcohol residue when they drink. Women who drink are more susceptible to liver damage, heart disease, and breast cancer.
Asking the Right Questions
When evaluating a specialized drug rehab program for women, it is important to ask the right questions. Many facilities advertise gender specific programs, but you may find that group therapies are co-ed. Finding a program with counselors experienced in handling substance abuse problems and addiction in women, that have a separate residence for women and completely gender focused programming will produce the best opportunity for sobriety. Drug rehab for women often includes a strong family therapy element. Many women in rehab have children, spouses and parents affected by the substance abuse, and repairing those family relationships during and after rehab is essential to long-term sobriety.
Drug rehab specifically for women addresses the unique emotional and psychological symptoms and motivators for women and provides a safe, gender specific place for women to get the help they need. Women can overcome substance abuse and addiction and live a healthy and productive life. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction or substance abuse, getting help is the first step.