Women’s Drug Rehab


Addiction and Women

If you are one of the millions of individuals who struggle with a substance use disorder and you are unsure what the “right” type of treatment program is for you, know that you are not alone. There are thousands of alcohol and drug rehab programs across the nation offering different levels of care and treatment specializations. So, how do you decide which is best for you? While it is essential to consider your specific treatment needs and goals it is also necessary to determine the treatment setting that will offer the greatest level of comfort. A wide body of research suggests people looking to overcome struggles with drug and alcohol addiction are more likely to remain in treatment for the entire course of their program if the treatment environment feels safe and comfortable.

If you are ready to seek help and started researching the types of treatment programs available, you may have considered choosing a program that provides gender-focused treatment. Although all addiction treatment programs provide comprehensive care designed to help you get sober, not all address the unique needs of the genders. Programs that list their services as “gender-specific” sometimes meet treatment criteria differently. Some programs provide services in a treatment environment that is specific to one gender or “gender-specific.” Other treatment programs, like Findlay, provide treatment programs based on comprehensive, evidence-based models designed to meet the unique therapy needs of men and women. While our addiction treatment center is open to members of all genders, our treatment team is skilled in providing a range of gender-focused therapeutic models that address the unique needs of women looking to overcome addiction.


Why Treatment Personalized for Women is Successful

Research shows that biological gender (gender at birth) plays a significant role in why people turn to drugs and alcohol. National statistics suggest biological gender is a vital factor in developing substance abuse disorders. Biological gender can impact factors such as how the individual (the brain and body) reacts to alcohol or drugs when someone starts using and the type or types of substances they use. An Example of how biological gender relates to addiction would be that women are statistically more likely than men to report struggles with prescription drug abuse. However, men are more likely to experience high levels of addiction to two substances such as marijuana and alcohol.

Biology also contributes to why women turn to substances. Research suggests women often begin using alcohol or drugs as a form of self-medication (or coping mechanism) to reduce the intensity and severity of symptoms related to current trauma or a history of traumatic experiences. Additionally, many women who meet the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder also have a family history of trauma, mental illness, and substance use disorders.

Another critical biology-based difference focuses on the severity of drug or alcohol use across the genders. In general, women begin abusing drugs and alcohol at lower or more infrequent doses than men. However, their frequency of abuse and the amount of each dose rapidly escalates; Often significantly faster than when compared to males. Women are also more likely to seek help overcoming addiction sooner than men, but generally present with dual-diagnosis conditions such as anxiety disorders and PTSD, more often.

Data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates women continue to present with lower rates of alcohol and drug use when compared to males in the same demographic categories. According to the 2017 survey, roughly 7% of females met the diagnostic criteria for at least one substance use disorder (as compared to 12% of males). This data indicates women struggle with substance use disorders at a rate of nearly half of the rate for males.


The Benefits of a Women’s Addiction Treatment Center

Men and women experience addiction differently, and therefore, their treatment must reflect gender-specific needs. Because of the unique nature of addiction, the most effective and successful treatment outcomes occur in treatment environments like Findlay, where treatment models focus on the unique differences of each person and each gender.

Research shows that women have unique treatment needs based on the physical effects of drugs and alcohol on their bodies and brains. Female and male bodies are different in terms of size, muscle mass, fat composition, and of course, weight. Because of these differences, female bodies process drugs and alcohol differently than males. The female body is generally comprised of less water and more fat than males and therefore retains alcohol at higher rates (water dilutes alcohol whereas fat retains it) putting women at a higher risk for significant physical effects from chronic alcohol abuse.

There is also a range of gender-specific social needs when it comes to ensuring women have access to comprehensive and effective addiction treatment. Women entering treatment for addiction stemming from trauma may benefit greatly from gender-specific programs. Women who have experienced abuse at the hands of the opposite sex are likely to feel safer disclosing worries and fears and talking about trauma in an environment that is gender-specific.
Gender-specific treatment often creates a treatment environment that feels safe and welcoming, especially for those trying to manage the symptoms of trauma and addiction.

Women who are mothers may also benefit from gender-specific treatment. One of the most challenging aspects of treatment, if children are involved, is being away from home. However, with the support of other women and treatment professionals, they may feel more comfortable talking about the emotions and challenges of living with addiction while trying to parent.

Gender-specific therapy sessions can also focus on providing the type of care and model that is most beneficial to the group. Research into addiction treatment suggests women may be more comfortable in a treatment environment that encourages open communication about addiction and past struggles that led to substance use. Conversely, men are usually more successful in programs that are less personal and more directed toward problem-solving and behavior modification. Therefore, the most successful treatment environments for men and women may be vastly different. Gender-specific treatment at Findlay considers these unique treatment differences as you work with your treatment team to design a treatment program to help you get and stay sober.

For addiction treatment to be the most successful, it must address your unique needs and goals. The first step in finding the ideal treatment program is determining the level of care you need to safely and successfully overcome addiction. Gender-focused addiction therapy can occur in a range of treatment settings, including inpatient (residential) or outpatient programs.

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Get Help from Our Drug Rehab Center for Women in Ohio

At the best women’s addiction treatment facility in Ohio, you will work with a team of skilled, supportive and compassionate treatment providers to help you safely and successfully overcome addiction. At Findlay, our treatment models incorporate evidence-based therapies and other holistic interventions to address the addiction any other co-occurring mental or physical health conditions that may hinder your recovery. Because we choose a holistic approach to addiction treatment, it ensures the best possible outcomes for men seeking to put struggles with drugs and alcohol in the past. As part of therapy, you will learn and practice healthier coping skills to manage triggers, negative emotions, cravings, and stress as you navigate through the potential challenges of newfound sobriety.

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 Findlay. We have trained staff available to answer any questions you may have 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 you put struggles with addiction in the past, contact us today.

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