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What Are the Benefits of Female Only Rehab?

Finding an inpatient rehabilitation center can seem an impossible task. Many believe they can’t make the time or find the money or decide where to go. Among all the decisions that you have to make, you may not have taken much time to consider becoming a patient at a facility dedicated to female-only residents.

It might be the choice that leads you to feel as comfortable as possible in rehab.

Women face multiple barriers to treatment, like economic hardship, family responsibilities, and transportation issues. But, even with these barriers, many women report they only sought treatment because they found a women-only treatment center, and they would not have pursued treatment otherwise.

The multiple differences between men and women require an inpatient facility to be very broad in their approach so that everyone feels included. When the genders are separated, addiction professionals can get more specific in their approach and that leads to many of the benefits listed below.

For help finding a female only programs, getting questions answered, and connecting with resources, you should contact the experts. Call 800-681-7369 today to speak with someone who can get the process started.

Gender Differences

Female Only Rehab

Attending a female-based rehab provides women with opportunities to bond with others who have similar life experiences.

You might want to take the approach that says men and women are different because women are delicate flowers and men are hardened, brawny mountain men. Thinking like that isn’t productive because it isn’t accurate. Many men are delicate and many women are hardened.

These differences are just a product of society and they change depending upon location and time period. But, societal differences do have an impact because people are raised to understand and follow them. But, that doesn’t mean that we all fit into these narrow boundaries.

Take time to also think of the biological differences, also. Think of the different hormonal make-ups and the different brain chemistry.

For cases of differences, let’s look at the nature of women’s substance use disorders. Women are statistically less likely to use illicit drugs and to develop subsequent problems. But, when they do have a problem, the problems are more severe than men’s and cause more health related outcomes.

For example, women are more likely than men to develop cirrhosis or other alcohol-related liver problems.

Sensitivity to Abuse

Research shows that drug-abusing women seeking treatment are more likely to have experienced physical and sexual trauma that lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In therapy, these concerns will need to be discussed in depth. As men are less likely to have undergone this abuse, treating women and men may not allow women enough time to come to terms with the mistreatment in their background.

Are there Inpatient Programs Specifically for Women?

Specialized Treatment

Did you know that women are less likely to seek treatment than men? Instead of looking into inpatient rehab, they go to their mental health or general practice doctor. Although knowledgeable, those doctors aren’t likely to be experts in addiction, and you deserve expertise.

When the professionals at a treatment center are able to focus on a single gender, they have more time to study that gender in-depth. The issues that women face, the roots of their addiction, and the related disorders they may be suffering from can be given more attention. Women with addictions tend to have more instances of depression than men and when they have it, it is more severe. That depression deserves thorough study.

Shared Life Experiences

As mentioned earlier, there are societal factors and biological ones that face men and women and they influence who we grow up to be. Because of this, women in an all-female inpatient center are more likely to have more shared experiences with other women than they are with men. By seeking treatment only with other women, you increase the chances of truly bonding with your peers, and increased bonds lead to the increased support you need.

If you find the idea of a female-only treatment facility attractive, you should look into them and we can help. Contact our helpline at 800-681-7369 anytime and get the information you need.

You can find male-only facilities and female-only facilities. This is a pretty strong gender binary and transgendered people may feel excluded, as will people who identify somewhere between the two genders. For these individuals, an LGBT rehab facility may feel more welcoming.