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Why Should You Choose A Women’s Rehab?

Millions of women across the United States have serious problems with drug or alcohol use. Women’s rehab focuses on the unique issues for women.

If you or a loved one struggles with drug abuse or alcohol addiction, the best thing you can do is seek qualified addiction treatment at a women’s rehab.

Women actually see substance abuse as a problem less often than men.

However, for a variety of reasons, they often have personal, social or biological issues that make it harder to get sober.

The same issues can also make it harder to remain sober.

To increase your odds of finding treatment success, it helps to learn more about the unique challenges that women face.

It also helps to learn more about ways to overcome these challenges.

With this information in hand, you increase your odds of finding effective help and recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.

Women’s Rehab – Substance Use and Addiction

When it comes to substance use disorders (addiction and serious substance abuse), there are some clear differences between men and women.

First, on average, these disorders occur in women less often than they do in men. However, women use certain types of substances more often than men. That’s especially true for prescription opioid painkillers.

Unfortunately, women can also develop addiction quicker than men. That’s true even when they use certain substances for a shorter amount of time and in smaller amounts.

Compared to men, common differences for women also include:

  • Unique addiction-related changes in brain function
  • Higher risks for a substance relapse
  • Higher chances of overdosing

There is another addiction-related factor only found in women: pregnancy.

Women who abuse drugs or alcohol while pregnant run the risk of exposing their developing children. This exposure can lead to higher chances of miscarrying. It can also make you more likely to deliver a stillborn child.

In addition, it introduces the possibility of giving birth to an addicted baby. You can also endanger your own health if you drink or take drugs during pregnancy.

For example, you can boost the odds of experiencing seizures or developing migraine headaches. You can also boost the odds of developing high blood pressure.

Potential Barriers to Treatment

Mental Health Problems

In both men and women, problems with substance abuse and mental health often go hand in hand. Doctors call this overlapping health crisis dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.

Co-occurring disorders are a concern for one crucial reason. Namely, they make it harder for you to recover from addiction.

As a rule, you must also address any mental health problems to achieve stable abstinence. Compared to addicted men, several kinds of mental illnesses appear more often in addicted women.

These conditions include:

  • Eating disorders
  • Major depression
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Any type of anxiety disorder

All of these mental health issues can interfere with effective alcohol and drug addiction treatment for women. Women’s risks for co-occurring disorders can rise as a result of several life crises.

These include:

  • Going through a divorce
  • Losing a custody battle
  • The death of a child
  • The death of spouse or partner

Exposure to Physical or Sexual Violence

By the time they’re young adults, about four out of every five women have experienced physical or sexual violence. This is a significantly higher rate of exposure than found among young men. For men, violence exposure only increases the risks for substance problems if it occurs at a fairly early age. However, if you’re a woman, exposure at any age can increase your addiction risks.

Abuse during childhood isn’t the only factor that makes women more likely to have substance problems. The same thing happens to women exposed to intimate partner violence as adults. That matters because more than a third of all women in the U.S. experience this kind of violence.

How an Effective Women’s Rehab Overcomes Addiction Problems

Despite all of the challenges, effective drug and alcohol treatment for women does exist. The first step in creating effective programs is understanding that the needs of women can differ from the needs of men.

That’s easier to do today than ever before. In fact, a lot of modern research focuses on this specific issue. With that in mind, here are some of the ways that women-friendly treatment programs help you succeed:

Accessible Mental Health Resources

By providing access to needed resources, your treatment center can help you recover from both mental health and substance problems. In some cases, your primary facility may offer onsite dual diagnosis treatment for women.

In other cases, you may receive care at a separate facility. Possible options include women’s depression treatment centers and women’s anxiety treatment centers.

A Supportive Treatment Environment

Women-friendly addiction programs also understand that some treatment approaches don’t work as well for women. That includes the “tough love” techniques once common across the country. Instead, women tend to do better with a supportive approach that lets them collaborate in their care.

Facilities that offer addiction treatment for young women face an additional challenge. Statistically, women under the age of 21 have a higher than average chance of dropping out of care. By providing adequate support for younger clients, the program you choose can increase the odds that this won’t happen.

Accommodations for Pregnancy

Pregnant women and women with very young children have unique needs in treatment. That includes such things as prenatal care, parenting classes and child care. If your program accommodates these needs, your chances of treatment success can rise dramatically.

Women’s Only Rehab

With all of the problems facing women in treatment, it’s natural to wonder about the benefits of a women’s-only only rehab program.

Do women, in fact, do better in alcohol and drug rehab programs that don’t accept men? The general answer to this question is yes. Evidence shows that women tend to have better outcomes in a single-sex treatment environment.

That’s true, in part, because a program that only accepts women may have more resources to dedicate to women’s unique needs. That may include such things as onsite child care. It may also include onsite treatment for anxiety, depression or other mental health issues.

In the absence of men, women may also feel more comfortable discussing certain sensitive topics. That includes things like a history of sexual abuse, physical abuse or intimate partner violence.

Freedom to deal with these issues openly can have a positive impact on your ability to make progress toward sobriety. However, in order for you to receive benefits from women’s only care, your program must be aware of some important facts.

Just like men, women in drug treatment and alcohol treatment sometimes have stereotypical ideas about their own sex/gender.

For example, women sometimes perceive other women as potential social or sexual threats. This can lead to significant hostility in a small setting like a treatment facility. And, just like men, women can also use negative stereotypes to describe each other’s past or behavior.

Your women’s rehab program must deal with these issues to help give you the best possible treatment results.

Find Out More About Women’s Rehab for Addiction

For a variety of reasons, women have unique needs in drug and alcohol treatment. Depending on your situation, your needs may include a co-occurring mental illness. They may also include past or current exposure to physical and sexual violence.

Programs that take women’s needs into account can have a big impact on your treatment success. It’s possible to recover in a program that also includes men. However, you may find more support for your recovery in a single-sex program.

In many cases, health insurance will cover the cost of addiction care. It may also cover the expense of a separate depression or anxiety treatment center. However, your private insurance may not provide coverage. If that’s the case, you may be able to find programs that offer affordable payment plans.

Women’s Rehab at Resurgence Behavioral Health

Want to learn more about women’s rehab programs at Resurgence? Just contact us today at 855-458-0050.

Our staff of specialists can answer any questions you may have about your care options. We can also provide you with more information on insurance coverage and other important topics.

Let us help you move forward on your progress toward sobriety and a substance-free lifestyle.

Addiction Treatment that
Just Works

Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.