Men and women are different in many ways, and something as monumental as treatment should be handled as such. Gender-specific addiction treatment can be tailored to a man or woman’s unique needs and behavioral patterns. This specialized approach leads to higher success rates in recovery for both male or female clients.
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Why is gender-specific addiction treatment important?
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, gender-specific treatment may be linked to improved drug rehab outcomes; drug addiction treatment, like any form of medical treatment, is only effective when treatment providers have a thorough understanding of the patient. By recognizing the differences between men and women, our counselors can better treat clients of both genders.
The U.S. NIH has identified how addiction differs between men and women:
- When women develop substance abuse problems, they report problems of greater severity and experience more health-related consequences.
- Female alcoholics encounter drinking-related problems more quickly than men, and lose control over their drinking more quickly than men.
- Anxiety or depressive disorders, which tend to be more prevalent and severe among women, may prevent some women from seeking help for their substance abuse problems.
- Women are more likely to feel shame or embarrassment about being placed in substance abuse treatment.
- Family responsibilities are one reason that women often have more difficulty than men in attending regular treatment sessions.
- Women who achieve sobriety are less likely to relapse than men.
How does gender-specific treatment affect the client experience?
Detox is a necessary step before the recovery process can begin. However, a gender-specific program is specifically tailored to a woman’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs, from detox to discharge, such as detoxifying medications that take into account a woman’s body composition and hormonal balance.
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The Way Out works with many addiction treatment facilities that work with many types of insurances and offer self-pay options.