Women need womenby baladmin | July 3, 2013
No men, no distractions.
Female addicts everywhere are flocking to all women’s drug treatment, and they’re really benefiting from it.
One woman’s story, in her own words, shows just how helpful interaction with all women was in her road to recovery:
“I was never comfortable talking about the sexual abuse from my past. I was embarrassed and ashamed, so I drank. I never wanted to feel the pain again, so I found pills that took all that away. It wasn’t until my time in an all women’s drug treatment program that I could open up to people. The healing that I started to experience was so new that it freaked me out. I wanted to leave, but I didn’t. My fellow (female) clients encouraged me to keep sharing. There was nothing they couldn’t handle hearing.
I was surprised to learn just how many female addicts are the victims of abuse in some way. Without gender-specific treatment, I’m not sure I ever would have dealt with my demons and been able to heal. I am now 6 months clean and sober, and I thank the women in my group, and the rehab facility, for allowing me to connect with some wonderful females.”
The issues that women drug and alcohol addicts need to address in rehab are different than their male counterparts. With a separate, all women’s drug treatment program, female addicts can talk about gender-specific reasons for starting to abuse substances, reasons for continuing to the point of addiction, and ways of healing.
The approach to treating women takes into consideration the social stigma surrounding female roles in families, and in society at large, and the lack of self-esteem that can contribute to self-destructive patterns of behavior.
Trauma and abuse are also gender-specific issues that a good all women’s drug treatment program will confront. In a group therapy session where male and female are combined, there is less comfort established for women to openly talk about a male perpetrator. In a setting of all women though, these same clients feel more at ease talking with peers who may have experienced similar events.
Women suffering from alcoholism and addiction need all women’s drug treatment. Healing begins with honesty and a real look at where you have been and why you use substances to cope.
We only get one shot at this, so why not try to start a new, drug and alcohol-free life that’s worth living?