No one is immune from the risk of substance abuse. Young and old, rich and poor, men and women all can fall prey to this disease. If it happens to you or someone in your family, the correct next step is to get treatment. When you do, you may want to consider gender-specific rehab.
Gender-specific rehab involves separate facilities: a men’s rehab center for men and a women’s rehab center for women. In these centers, men and women come together to support each other. The goal is to enable communities of like individuals to have a judgment-free environment to work on themselves.
Talk with your doctor or the counselors at Fort Behavioral Health about the reasons why you should choose gender-specific rehab. It could make all the difference in your recovery.
The Effects of Addiction on the Genders
Though it may seem that it would not be this way, drugs and alcohol impact men and women differently. Men and women’s bodies react and respond to substances in different ways, and their bodies pace their recoveries in different ways.
Societal pressures and expectations also play a significant purpose. Women may feel overwhelmed by the roles they have to play. Men may feel trapped in a job or cornered by peer pressure.
The effect of all this is that researchers recognize that having a separate men’s rehab center for men and a women’s rehab center for women may be the most effective tool in sparking recovery.
Benefits of Gender-Specific Rehab
But you might wonder, can the environments and processes be that different for a man versus a woman? Yes. Here are some of the benefits of gender-specific rehab:
- Peer support: Recovery can feel very isolating and lonely. Being among individuals who are facing the same challenges brings warm comfort. It can provide gender-specific ideas for solutions to problems.
- Focused discussion: Men and women have different things they want or need to discuss. In a mixed group, some people will inherently not be able to be part of the discussion. Gender-specific rehab allows for deeper conversation.
- Sensitivity: Some of the after-effects of substance abuse can be embarrassing to talk about in mixed company. For instance, men are prone to sexual dysfunction.
Gender-specific rehab has several notable advantages in the struggle to escape substance abuse.
What to Expect
Gender-specific rehab addresses different issues. But the stages of treatment for men and women remain the same. Rehab begins with a comprehensive physical. Doctors need to know your mental and physical health status to build a plan that guides your treatment.
The first stage for most people is detox. Treatment cannot be successful if you continue to use drugs or alcohol. In detox, doctors watch over you and address any withdrawal symptoms that might arise.
Counseling follows detox. In consultation with a therapist experienced in addiction medicine, you will unravel the mysteries of your past and develop skills to cope with the pressures of tomorrow.
Finally, you go into aftercare, which involves resources designed to help you reduce the potential for relapse. This period usually includes counseling and 12-step peer support groups. Gender-specific rehab serves as your guide to a better day.
Getting Help at Fort Behavioral Health
Substance abuse is a sneaky adversary for both men and women. It works its way into your life, resulting in challenges at work, at home, in school, and with relationships. Men and women reach and respond to substance abuse differently, which is why there is gender-specific rehab. Consider the men’s rehab center or the women’s rehab center at Fort Behavioral Health. We’re a unique treatment center that focuses on both substance abuse and mental health issues.
Our passion is helping you as an individual find peace and embrace sobriety for a future filled with promise and hope. Work through your substance use with individuals who understand precisely what you are experiencing. Reach out today to Fort Behavioral Health at 844.332.1807 to learn more and speak to a counselor about getting started.