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Women's Drug and Alcohol
More than 22 million people across the nation struggle with at least one substance use disorder each year. As many as seven million of those are women. For many seeking comprehensive addiction treatment, professional rehab is a crucial turning point necessary to achieve and maintain lasting sobriety. If you are one of the many who have considered seeking addiction treatment help, you may have noticed there are many different types and treatment specializations available. It is easy to wonder how to determine which type of facility can best help you achieve your treatment needs and goals.
In the United States, there are thousands of professional addiction treatment programs. Each program strives to provide high-level, comprehensive addiction therapy based on evidence-based treatment models that have been proven successful over the years. Additionally, many offered different levels of care or specialized treatment environments designed to meet the treatment needs of specific demographics. When considering which rehab is best for you, it is important to consider not only your particular needs and goals but if there is a type of treatment environment that will provide the highest degree of comfort for you. 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.
When researching treatment programs, you may have seen programs advertised as gender-specific or 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 Evolve, offer comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programs designed to meet the gender-specific treatment needs of men and women. Although our treatment centers are open to all genders, we offer a range of therapeutic models intended to focus on the unique treatment needs of men and women.
Why Treatment Personalized for Women is Successful
Research indicates that biological gender (one’s gender at birth) plays a role in how and why substance use disorders develop. 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.
Another critical biological gender-specific difference focuses on the severity of drug or alcohol 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.
Data released by the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows women continue to experience lower rates of overall drug and alcohol use when compared to men. According to the 2018 study, women experience substance abuse disorder at roughly half the rate of men in the same demographics. However, they are more likely to turn to alcohol or drugs as a form of self-medication for mental health issues.
Why Choose Gender-Specific Treatment
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. Because of these differences, it is essential for addiction treatment to address the unique needs of each gender. The most beneficial and effective treatment outcomes occur when seeking treatment in a program like Evolve, where treatment models focus on the differences between the genders.
Women have specific detox and treatment needs based on the physical effects of alcohol and drugs. The human body differs (sometimes significantly) between the genders. Some notable differences include weight, size, muscle mass, and fat composition. Due to these factors, women process alcohol and drugs differently than men. Male bodies are generally comprised 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.
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Women's Addiction Therapy
There is also a range of gender-specific social and emotional 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 hands of the opposite 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 with children may also find benefits in seeking gender-specific treatment. Women with children often find it incredibly challenging to be away from home during the treatment process, but with the support of other women who can relate and understand those feelings can reduce the weight of that stress. Gender-specific treatment helps by customizing the approach to best fit the needs of women, in ways that broader treatment may fail to do. 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. Gender-specific treatment, at Evolve, considers these critical treatment differences when working with you to design a treatment program to help you achieve your treatment goals.
Get Help from Our Drug Rehab Center for Women in Indiana
At our drug rehab center for women, in Indiana, you will work with a team of highly trained, caring, and compassionate treatment providers to help you safely and successfully overcome addiction. At Evolve’s women’s addiction treatment center, 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 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 Evolve, in Indiana. 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, reach out to us today.