Men and women have different needs when it comes to addiction treatment. The difference in the needs of each gender is why treatment providers must consider a gender-specific rehab approach in order to manage the biological aspects of substance disorders.
For example, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that women are more likely than men to face multiple barriers to accessing substance abuse treatment and are less likely to seek treatment. They also tend to seek care in mental health or primary care settings rather than in specialized treatment programs, which could lead to poorer treatment outcomes.
The above study and others like it are a constant reminder to addiction treatment providers that they should be proactive about providing for the unique needs of each gender, such as employing a therapist of the same gender when needed.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more men are in substance abuse treatments than women, but the latter is more likely to seek treatment for dependence on sedatives. Moreover, women are catching up to men when it comes to heroin abuse treatment.
NIDA also found that substance use disorders may progress differently in each gender. While women often have a shorter history of using substances like cocaine and opioids, they typically have more severe medical and psychological problems than men. Men, on the other hand, tend to engage in substance abuse because of their perceived benefits, such as improving their concentration, sociability, and sex drive.
The problem is compounded by the inability of many women who are pregnant or have children to seek treatment. The demands of work, child care, and other personal responsibilities coupled with the demands of treatment are understandably overwhelming. Treatment providers should be able to consider these cases when offering their programs to women.
Gender-specific rehab programs benefit each patient in a number of ways. For one, it allows the patient to receive treatment that is tailored to his or her unique physiological, emotional, and psychological issues. Gender-specific issues, such as discussing a topic only applicable to one gender, are also reduced or eliminated. Gender-specific treatment also encourages trust and relationships and more open communication among patients with the same sex. Lastly, it minimizes the tension and distractions between male and female patients, especially in group therapies.
Orange County Gender-Specific Rehab
Our treatment programs in Orange County offer gender-specific treatment programs that integrates mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services. We offer detox, both 12-step and SMART recovery groups, and a comprehensive drug treatment program. We are not a one size fits all treatment facility, and this sets us apart from other treatment centers. Our treatment plans in Orange County are customized to each patient’s needs and preferences and are administered by our staff of highly motivated and expert professionals.
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We believe and have proven many times that addictions can be effectively and safely treated. Our Orange County rehab facility offers inpatient and outpatient care for addiction and our aftercare programs ensure that you have the tools you need to maintain sobriety when the formal treatment is through.
We can help you find the recovery you’ve been looking for, and all you need to begin is call. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you take back your life from addiction.