Generally, men and women respond favorably to similar treatment methods for addiction.
- Safe, medical detox
- Medications to ease cravings for drugs
- Individual and group therapy
- Ongoing aftercare and maintenance program
For women, however, they often face unique, gender-specific needs that only a female-only treatment center can meet. For example, women with children usually need financial, housing, and childcare assistance when they seek treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. For women who’ve been abused by an intimate male partner, attending a female-only treatment center can help her feel safe and secure enough to stick with treatment. Even for women who have not been abused, they are often subjected to social pressures when they are in the presence of men that can inhibit their chances of recovery.
Female substance abuse patients tend to experience higher rates of eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. These mental health conditions can increase a person’s chances of turning to drugs or alcohol to cope with mental and emotional stress and pain. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol make mental health disorder symptoms worse. Also, untreated mental health conditions require different, and more extensive treatment methods to manage the conditions of both. In female-only treatment centers, the staff is better equipped to treat co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis.
Also, women-only treatment centers have systems in place to care for pregnant women and women experiencing hormonal changes that can worsen addiction and mental health symptoms. Although a woman can benefit from any addiction treatment, female-only treatment can offer care that is more focused on the issues and needs that are particular to female patients.
If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or alcohol addiction, Windward Way can help. Windward Way offers individualized treatment regimens for both women and men. Counselors are standing by to assist. Please contact Windward Way today to explore your options for addiction treatment.