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Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment in Substance Abuse Recovery

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Why treat men and women separately during addiction recovery? Is gender-specific treatment really necessary? To answer these questions, we should consider how addiction affects men and women differently. At Rockland Recovery Center, we understand that some individuals will heal more effectively in gender-specific programs. Therefore, we provide both women’s rehab programs and men’s rehab programs to meet these needs. In each, clients get the same high-quality care and can take advantage of the same therapeutic services.

How Addiction Affects Men

Generally, addiction affects more men than women. And while women often enter recovery for dependence on sedatives, men are more likely, statistically, to misuse substances such as heroin or alcohol. Men tend to develop a tolerance and dependency upon drugs or alcohol at a slower pace than women. Sometimes this means their symptoms may be less severe by the time treatment is sought.

How Addiction Affects Women

Women seek treatment more for sedative addiction than they do for other drugs. This includes medications used to treat anxiety and sleeplessness. Addiction also progresses more quickly in women than it does in men. As a result, women who seek substance abuse treatment programs usually have more severe symptoms, including those that affect behavior and psychology.

Also, the burden of child care usually falls on women giving them less of an opportunity to seek treatment than men.

Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment

By placing men and women into separate rehab programs and housing them in separate facilities, treatment becomes more focused. Counseling targets the specific obstacles that men and women experience. Within each gender-specific treatment program, individuals have greater freedom to identify, explore, and deal with their issues. For men, this often involves feeling less pressure to keep a brave face and hide internal emotions. Women routinely endure mental, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of men. Being in a gender-specific program can increase their sense of safety and trust, making a recovery proceed more smoothly.

What to Expect in a Gender-Specific Treatment Program

As a client in a gender-specific treatment program, you have a variety of care options. At Rockland Recovery Center, we offer a full continuum of care, including:

  • Drug addiction treatment program
  • Day intensive outpatient program
  • Evening intensive outpatient program
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Sober living program

Through a 12-step program of recovery, we’ll help you reach sobriety. Afterward, our aftercare services will help you maintain it. Rockland Recovery Centers offers several sober-living facilities for clients in transition from recovery.

What You’ll Find at Rockland Recovery Center

Rockland Recovery Center features warm and home-like surroundings, compassionate staff, and a customized treatment plan that’s tailored to you. Regardless of where you fall on the scale of recovery, our coping skills and recovery behaviors will help you thrive in recovery and beyond. Because our programs are gender-specific, you’ll never feel the need to put on airs here. You won’t have to keep a brave face or stay quiet about the genuine issues you’re having. You’ll be with peers who are all coping with the same challenges and tribulations, from sexual assault to job loss, lost pregnancy to suicidal thoughts.

At Rockland Recovery Center, we embrace who you are and what you have to offer the world, and we’ll do everything we can to help you discover the same. There is no judgment here or failure. There are only good people facing difficult times and learning how to overcome them together.

When You’re Ready to Experience the Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment

When it’s time to reach out, you’ll know. Call Rockland Recovery Center in Weymouth, Massachusetts, first. With sober living facilities in Rockland and Dorchester, we’re fully equipped to help you achieve and maintain sobriety. It could be the most important call you ever make. Dial us today at 855.732.4842 to begin your journey to wellness.

Medical Reviewer Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.


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