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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.