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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment

There’s no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to addiction and addiction treatment, and this is especially true among men and women, who have distinct emotional and physical needs. Men and women experience addiction and relapse very differently and often wrestle with different societal pressures and co-occurring disorders.

A growing body of research is continuing to explore gender differences in substance use disorder as well as other addictive behaviors. And more addiction treatment centers are offering specialized programs and even different lengths of stay for men and women. 

Here we take a look at a few of the reasons why both sexes can benefit greatly from gender-specific addiction treatment. Read on and decide if an all-female or all-male rehab program would be right for you or someone you love: 
  • You’ll better address gender-specific issues and triggers: A gender-specific rehab is sensitive to the needs of each group and enables the client to focus on issues specific to his or her sex. For example, men often battle barriers such as pride and denial while a high percentage of women struggle with histories of physical assault and emotional abuse. 
  • You’ll experience enhanced support: A same-sex environment often fosters a more personal, intimate atmosphere that allows clients to be less self-conscious and more open to sharing and forging relationships with one another.
  • You’ll have less romantic or sexual distractions: Gender-specific treatment programs can reduce the likelihood of sexual tension or romantic relationships, which especially during the first year can be a slippery slope into relapse. 
Is a Gender-Specific Program Right for You?
The Haven at Pismo’s men- and women-only recovery homes give guests the tools they need to feel safe, empowered, and confident in their sobriety walk. To learn more about The Mesa House for Women or The Solana House for Men, call us today: 805-202-3440.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How to Practice Self-Love

Self-love isn’t selfish, but a matter of survival to give yourself the respect and attention you deserve as you journey toward lasting sobriety. 

In fact, building (or improving upon) a love relationship with yourself will help you make better decisions, pick better partners and friends and better cope with the ups and downs of your new sober life. 

A few relatively simple activities can help ensure that you’re kind to yourself – mind, body and spirit. Start by giving a few of these self-love activities a whirl this Valentine’s Day:
  • Wake up with love. Instead of grabbing your smartphone, grab a piece of paper and write yourself a little love note. Remind yourself why you are so deserving of the great day you are bound to have today. 
  • Make time to meditate. If this isn’t already part of your daily practice, you may consider giving it a try. Start with five minutes of quiet meditation and follow it up with five minutes of writing in a journal to document your experience.
  • Put a stop to negative thinking. Grab an elastic band and put it on your right wrist. If you criticize yourself today, move it to your left as a reminder to put an end to any negative self-talk. 
  • Enjoy little pleasures. Go for a brisk walk or jog, cook up a healthful breakfast, take an extra long shower, sit with a crossword puzzle, meet a friend for coffee, splurge on a movie – do something today that awakens your body and mind. 
Your Path to Better Mental Health
The Haven at Pismo can help you achieve inner harmony while building the skills to maintain it over the long term. Our dual diagnosis programs are recommended for those experiencing the doubly damaging effects of addiction and mental illness. To connect with a caring and understanding admissions counselor, call today: 805-202-3440.