Key Benefits of Gender-Specific Rehab

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While there are many excellent co-ed rehabilitation centers, gender-specific recovery programs aim to foster an environment that best addresses the unique needs of men and women, respectively. 

Gender-specific programs have notable advantages such as: 

Addressing Gender-Specific Motivations for Substance Abuse

Rehabilitation programs that focus on one specific gender are able to concentrate discussions and treatments on substance abuse motivators unique to that sex.

Men express different reasons than women for starting drug use, seeking help, and triggers for relapse. First use catalysts include:

  • Recreational use
  • Increased productivity at work
  • Coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Perceived “perks” in concentration, sociability, or improved sex drive or performance

Treatments like Adventure Therapy that concentrate on thought patterns or behaviours and build confidence in overcoming obstacles tend to be more effective approaches for men.

Lack of Insecurity in the Presence of the Opposite Sex  

Without the presence of the opposite sex, recoverees experience less distraction and pressure to “keep up appearances.” Gender-specific rehab program participants can speak and act freely about issues that may even involve the opposite sex.

Freedom to Discuss Gender-Specific Physical SUD Effects 

The fundamental gaps between men and women in biology and culture contribute to differences in length of substance abuse time, amounts taken, and physical repercussions. Gender-specific rehab facilities allow members to receive care from staff who are familiar with and sensitive to physical effects of drug abuse unique to a given sex. 

Ability to Relate to Others’ Struggles–and Victories  

Women- or men-only programs promote open communication about gender-specific social or cultural pressures. This allows recoverees to experience a sense of bonding and trust with fellow program participants, as they relate with their struggles and be inspired by “victories” in those they identify with. 

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