Women and men are distinctly different. This is true when it comes to addiction treatment as well. Research done by the United States Department of Health and Human Services concluded that men and women differ in how and why they abuse drugs and alcohol.1 Women are often less likely to seek help than men and to feel more shame for doing so. Additionally, women are likely to use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate and attempt to deal with emotional and psychological stress. By contrast, men often use drugs as a means to achieve an enhanced mood or to cope with social and behavioral problems.
Benefits of Gender Specific Treatment
In addition, co-occurring issues can vary by gender. The process of addiction recovery is difficult. Individuals do better in an environment that offers safety and openness. Gender specific rehab treatment programs offer a safe environment for both men and women to explore their feelings and to deal with the root causes of their addiction. Single sex settings also allow each person to focus on themselves without the added complications that a romantic relationship can bring.
For these reasons and more, all residential treatment programs are gender specific.
Men's Rehab Programs
Men participating in treatment at The Arbor are provided with a safe place to address the inner issues which have contributed to their addictions. They are free to explore their emotions and develop emotional awareness while gaining knowledge and an understanding of their disease. Residents are provided with the clinical and medical support necessary to begin recovery. The Arbor Men’s Program provides a holistic approach which addresses the mental, emotional, spiritual, physical and developmental aspects of each man.
The program Arbor Extended Care offers men the support needed to make a smooth transition between inpatient treatment and traditional sober living. This program is also ideal for men who have had a period of sobriety but have experienced a brief relapse. There is an emphasis on the building of strong life skills.
Women's Rehab Programs
The gender specific treatment offered for women at The Arbor provides time away from life’s distractions as well as the space and encouragement to focus on themselves rather than others. The Arbor offers a safe environment for women to address the various issues underlying substance use. Special attention is given to trauma, self-esteem, and body image issues. Our team believes that if left untreated, these factors will trigger relapse on drugs and alcohol. Normalizing co-occurring disorders promotes open sharing and healing in The Women’s Program.
The program Arbor Extended Care offers women the support needed to make a smooth transition between inpatient treatment and traditional sober living. This program is also ideal for women who have had a period of sobriety but have recently experienced a brief relapse. There is an emphasis on the building of strong life skills.
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Source: 1 http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHresultsPDFWHTML2013/Web/NSDUHresults2013.pdf