Top 5 Reasons To Pick Gender Specific Treatment – What You Haven’t Considered Beforeby baladmin | May 17, 2013
Addicts have various needs that need addressing while in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.
An even more specific set of needs exist for each gender. Men and women require different approaches to stop drinking and using drugs to cope.
Historically, treatment for addiction has been focused on men since most addicts were men. As the number of female addicts grew though, the world of substance abuse treatment did not keep up.
In our current society, there are gender-specific drug and alcohol treatment programs to address the differences.
So, if you are seeking treatment for your own addiction, or the addiction of a loved one, there may be aspects of rehab that you have not thought about, especially whether or not gender-specific treatment would be the best fit.
What you haven’t considered before may just be the Top 5 Reasons to Pick Gender-Specific Treatment. Here they are:
1. REASON FOR INITIAL DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE
Each gender has different pressures on them, whether internally or externally created, that can lead to a need for substance-assistance to cope.
Female addicts are more likely to abuse sedatives, anti-anxiety medications, and stimulants because of pressure to be good wives, mothers, and overall members of society. Women are expected to be superwomen, balancing all of the homelife with a possible work life, and time for herself. The stress and lack of enough time get accomplish a day’s To Do List can lead a woman to seek relief (in the form of Xanax, Valium, or Ativan) or help staying awake (in the form of cocaine, methamphetamine, or Adderall.)
Male addicts are more likely to seek the effects of alcohol or marijuana to escape and unwind after a stressful work day.
2. CONSEQUENCES OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE
Women tend to suffer interpersonal consequences of addiction: loss of partner, family members, or kids, and health-related consequences, while men tend to suffer more professional and legal consequences: arrests, issues at work, and loss of a job or a project.
3. BARRIERS AND MOTIVATIONS FOR ENTERING TREATMENT
Women – her financial or economic situation, her obligations that do not allow her to be away from the family, and the stigma that part of her job is to “keep it all together.”
Men – stigma that a few drinks after a stressful day have been earned, “there’s not a problem here!”, and “I do not need anyone else’s help”
Women are more likely to be mandated or referred to treatment by a social worker or child protective services employee.
Men? Employer referred, court-mandated, or family demanded.
4. TREATMENT SERVICES NEEDED
Women in treatment benefit from the more touchy-feely side of rehab. The addition of services like meditation, daily intention-setting, and art therapy to a daily process group in which women can safely discuss the issues of addiction more common in women than men, foster the comfort women need for successful recovery.
Men tend to benefit more from concrete programs like anger management, and ample time to exercise while participating in a treatment program.
5. RELAPSE RISKS & RECOVERY SUPPORT NEEDS
Quite simply, women are more likely to relapse with a romantic partner, while men are more likely to relapse alone
For these reasons, and more, gender-specific can be highly advantageous for any addict ready to get sober. Find out now what program is best for you, or your loved one!