International Overdose Awareness Day 2016

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. IOAD also recognizes the grief felt by friends and families remembering those who have lost their lives by drug overdose. IOAD wishes to spread the message that the terrible tragedy of a drug overdose death can be prevented. IOAD originated in 2001 and has been spreading awareness of drug overdoses ever since.

The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, it is estimated that in 2014, there were 207,400 drug-related deaths across the world, with overdose accounting for up to a half of all deaths and with opioids involved in most cases. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any other year on record. Drug overdose deaths are up among both sexes, all races, and adults of nearly all ages. More than three out of five overdose deaths involve an opioid, such as prescription painkillers, heroin, morphine, and fentanyl. In 2014, overdose deaths involving an opioid killed more than 28,000 people in the United States, and more than half of those deaths resulted from prescription opioids.

What is a drug overdose?

An overdose means having too much of a drug or combination of drugs for your body to be able to cope with. All drugs can cause an overdose, including prescription medication prescribed by a doctor. There are a number of signs and symptoms that signal a drug overdose, and these differ depending on the type of drug used.

Signs of a Depressant Overdose

(e.g. heroin, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone)

  • Shallow breathing; not breathing at all
  • Snoring; gurgling sounds
  • Blue lips or fingertips
  • No response to stimulus
  • Floppy arms and legs
  • Disorientation
  • Won’t wake up; unconsciousness

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning/Overdose

  • Disorientation
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular or slow breathing
  • Blue-tinged or pale face
  • Hypothermia
  • Stupor
  • Unconsciousness

Stimulant Overdose

It is possible to overdose on amphetamines, such as speed and ice. Amphetamine overdose increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, or drug-induced psychotic episodes. Amphetamine overdoses differ from an opioid overdose.

  • Chest pain
  • Disorientation/confusion
  • Severe headache
  • Seizures
  • High temperature
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Agitation; paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Unconsciousness

It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of an overdose, so that lives can be saved.

Recovery Is Possible

Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is possible, and professional help is available to get you started on the right track. If you are struggling with an addiction, or have a loved one who is addicted, please seek support as soon as possible. You do not need to become part of the statistics — help is available.

Enabling and Addiction: The Dangers of Enabling an Addict

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Spirituality and RecoveryEnabling and addiction often go hand in hand. Enabling an addict is something that most family members and friends do without even realizing it. Dealing with another’s addiction is never easy. Often times, family members and friends do not know how to treat a loved one’s addiction. The tendency is to want to rescue the struggling individual, to help them recognize the dangers of their substance use. Unfortunately, rescuing behaviors often make the situation worse. We hear the term thrown around a lot, but what exactly is enabling? Enabling involves a variety of behaviors that suggests someone implicitly accepts the substance abuse and allows it to continue with relatively few problems. Enabling an addict can be very dangerous for both the drug user and the loved one. Enabling discourages addicts from addressing their problem with professional help, which often leads to situations that cause mental, physical, and psychological harm.

Enabling Signs to Be Aware Of

Ignoring the Problem

This can involve anything from overlooking the problem and consequences to denying that a problem even exists in the first place. This is quite common, especially in the early stages of a loved one’s addiction. A loved one may be in disbelief that their loved one is using, or may hope that the problem will eventually resolve itself. While this is a common reaction, it’s important to recognize that the sooner the substance use is confronted, the better the outcomes.

Prioritizing the Addict’s Needs Before Your Own

While it’s human nature to want to help a struggling loved one, enabling behaviors take this too far. With enabling, the addict’s needs are taken care of first, while the loved one’s needs are neglected. Self-care is critical for the recoveries of both the addict and the loved one. Addiction is a family disease, and it affects everyone involved.

Lying to Hide the Addict’s Behavior

An enabler will lie to keep the peace and to present a controlled exterior. Unfortunately, lying is a form of a denying that the problem even exists. This is a huge issue. Lying or covering up for an addict only fuels their addiction. As much as you don’t want to see your loved one go to jail or lose their job because of their addiction, often these negative consequences are catalysts for change. It’s important for the loved one to remember that they are not in charge of keeping their addict’s life together.

Blaming People or Situations Other than the Addict

The enabler might accuse other people or blame situations for the loved one’s addiction in order to protect the addict from the consequences of their drug abuse. Once again, this is a form of denial and in the end, one that only hurts the addict.

Resenting the Addict

The result of enabling behaviors is that the enabler will often feel angry, hurt, and betrayed. They may act on these feelings by resenting the addict, while continuing to enable their substance abuse. Unfortunately, resenting the addict will not help them get sober; instead, it will only add to the damage of the addiction.

What You Should Do

It is very possible to break the cycle of enabling. If you think you are enabling an addict, don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s very common and natural to want to help your loved one. At some point, we all enable someone’s behavior in some way. Enabling becomes a problem when it perpetuates someone’s addiction and prevents loved ones from taking good care of themselves. There are a few things an enabler can do to stop this harmful behavior:

Seek Support

Support can come from family and friends, but it’s best to seek help from others who understand what you are going through. A great option is to start attending Al-Anon meetings. In these meetings, you can listen, share, and receive support from people who truly understand the journey of recovering from a loved one’s addiction.

Get Outside Help

It may be a good idea to seek help from a professional therapist who understands addiction and codependency. You could also trying attending a CODA meeting and see if that helps as well.

Prioritize Self-Care

You may have neglected yourself while caring and enabling your addicted loved one. Now it is time for you to take care of yourself and focus on your recovery.

Don’t Buy into Guilt and Shame

Your loved one may try any number of guilt-inducing tricks to manipulate you into helping them out. It is a method of survival on their part, but you do not have to buy into it. Try to not take this personally and remind yourself that “helping” them is only fueling their addiction.

Get Help for Addiction at Recreate

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, Recreate Life Counseling can help. We know what it takes to recover from addiction because we have been there ourselves. We offer a variety of programs and services to help you recover from addiction and recreate your life.

6 Questions to Ask Before You Go to Rehab

So, you have made the life-changing decision to get help for your addiction — now what? Asking for help can be the most vulnerable and terrifying decision you have ever made. Luckily, you do not have to do it alone. Rehabs are available to help you receive the support you need to get and stay sober. Professional treatment can assist you through one of the most difficult times of your life and help you build a solid foundation for a life in sobriety. There are many addiction treatment centers out there — how do you know which one is the best for you and your needs? Choosing a treatment center can be challenging, so we have written this blog to help you make that difficult decision. Before you enroll in a treatment center, it is important to ask certain questions to help determine whether or not it is the best place for you. Here are a few questions for you to ask:

What is your treatment goal?

This is a question to ask yourself and the potential treatment center, and see if the goals align. Why do you want to attend treatment and what do you hope to get out of it? Then, ask the potential treatment center: what does each client achieve during their stay at your facility? Ask them what they hope their clients achieve at their rehab. See if your goals and their goals line up.

What programs and services do you offer?

Each and every treatment center offers different programs, services, and therapies. Are you looking for a residential, inpatient program, or are you seeking an outpatient rehab? It’s also important to ask the average length of treatment. Is it a 30-day program, or a longer stay of treatment? Another critical question to ask is what philosophies drive their program. Do they believe in the disease model of addiction? Do they integrate the 12-step philosophy? If there is a specific program you’re looking for, say a Christian-based one or a dual diagnosis program, make sure to ask them if they offer it.

Do you offer a detox?

If you are coming off drugs and alcohol, you will most likely require detox. Withdrawal symptoms are very real, and depending on the substance and severity of use, detoxing can be very uncomfortable and even deadly. The process of detoxification can be a dangerous one, and it is important to go to a medically-supervised detox. It is important to ask if the treatment center offers detox services themselves, or if you’ll need to go to detox before being admitted.

Are individualized treatment plans available?

Addiction treatment and recovery are very personal. You want to make sure that the treatment center you are going to provides personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual. Every person is unique, and their environments, upbringings, trauma, and psychological issues are all very different. An individualized treatment plan will ensure that you get the treatment you need, not the treatment everyone else needs.

Do you take my insurance plan?

The cost of addiction treatment is an important factor in most people’s decision. In many cases, if the treatment center is willing to work with the provider, insurance companies will pay a large sum of the treatment costs. Check to see if your insurance provider will cover drug and alcohol treatment, and then see if your potential treatment center will work with the insurance company to reach a payment agreement.

Do you offer ongoing support after I finish treatment?

It’s easy to forget about what will happen after treatment when you are so focused on getting to rehab. Ask the potential treatment center what kind of ongoing support they offer after treatment. Is there aftercare or an alumni support group? Can you keep in contact with your therapist? It’s also important to ask if relapse prevention is included in their program. This will provide you with the necessary support you need after treatment to maintain your recovery.

Going to Delray beach rehab can mean the difference between life and death, which is why it is crucial to ask the necessary questions to ensure you are going to the best treatment center for your specific needs and recovery goals. If you are looking for an outpatient addiction treatment program in Florida, reach out to Recreate Life Counseling Services today. We offer a wide variety of addiction treatment and programs designed to help you get sober and recreate your life. 

Relapse Prevention: Tools for Preventing a Relapse

Relapse is a danger for anyone who has embarked on the journey of recovery from substance abuse. It is generally accepted that relapse is most likely to occur in the first 90 days of recovery, but the risk remains high for the first five years. Fortunately, there are ways to protect against and prevent relapse. Relapse prevention techniques include any tool that can be used to avoid a return to using and abusing drugs and alcohol.

Prevention at the Different Stages of Relapse

Relapse is a process. There are different stages of relapse and there are tools to prevent relapse at every stage. During the emotional stage, the individual may be struggling in recovery, but not actually thinking about using. During this stage, the best tools for relapse prevention are techniques that restore emotional equilibrium. During the mental stage of relapse, the individual is thinking about drinking or using again and the urges to use may be strong. A combination of techniques will be needed at this stage to prevent a relapse. The next stage is the relapse stage — all is not lost at this point. If the individual utilizes their relapse prevention techniques, a relapse can be prevented.

The following are a list of tools and techniques that can be utilized to prevent a return to drugs and alcohol. They can be used to maintain sobriety and enhance an individual’s recovery. In most cases, a combination of these tools is best:

  • 12 Step Program: The 12 Step fellowships are highly beneficial for many individuals looking to stay sober and lead a happy, healthy life in recovery. 12 Step meetings and working the steps provide addicts and alcoholics with support and new techniques for maintaining sobriety.
  • Therapy:Therapy can help the individual learn new tools and strategies for relapse prevention, while also helping to restore emotional equilibrium. Discussing one’s emotions and behaviors with a trained professional can help the individual figure out how to deal with life on life’s terms.
  • Group Therapy: Group therapy sessions are a great venue for support and problem solving. Discussing one’s triggers and desires to use can help the individual gain the necessary support to overcome their cravings.
  • Sponsorship: If an individual is a member of a 12-step fellowship, he/she can benefit greatly from having a sponsor. The newly sober person can benefit from the knowledge and experience of someone who has been in recovery for a longer period of time. A sponsor is a great resource to turn to when things are difficult and cravings start to occur.
  • Journaling: Journaling can be an incredibly useful tool in recovery. Problems often seem more manageable when they are written down and not just floating around in an individual’s head.
  • Hobbies: Hobbies are an important source of stress relief. It is essential that individuals in recovery explore new interests to fill the time they spent drinking or using.
  • Meditation: Meditation techniques can help with restoring emotional equilibrium in recovery. Meditation can come in the form of sitting practices, yoga, Tai Chi, etc.

 

Relapse prevention can be thought of as a toolbox full of different techniques for preventing a return to drugs and alcohol. The more tools that you utilize, the greater your chances are of maintaining your sobriety. Seeking support from those around you is one of the most important tools in your toolbox. That support can stem from therapy, group counseling, or 12-step fellowships — it doesn’t matter as long as you are reaching out for help.

Are you struggling with addiction, or just coming back from a relapse? If so, Recreate Life Counseling Services can help. We offer group and individual addiction counseling and support.

What Is Recovery: Recovering from Addiction

In this blog, “What is Recovery?” I explore some of the more complex aspects of what recovering from a drug and alcohol addiction is really like. Individuals in recovery know what recovery means to them, but often times, loved ones have a more challenging time understanding this complex process. I hope that this blog will elaborate on a few components of recovery that may be difficult to understand. It may be helpful to begin with a working definition of recovery that was developed by the Betty Ford Institute in 2007: “a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health, and citizenship.” In addition, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides their own working definition of recovery: “Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life.”

Recovery is a process of constant change

Both definitions touch on this aspect of recovery. The Betty Ford Institute’s definition highlights recovery as a “lifestyle,” while SAMHSA clearly states that recovery is a process of change. Recovery is not just about abstaining from drugs and alcohol; rather, it is a process of introducing healthier coping skills and behaviors into one’s life. Recovery does not happen overnight. Instead, it is a process, a lifelong journey, in which individuals work to reach their full potential.

Recovery takes time

Recovery takes both time and effort. Understanding that recovery takes time is helpful for both the individual in recovery and their loved ones. Family members and friends often assume that once the struggling individual puts down the drink or drug, all is well. This is just not the case. As we mentioned above, recovery is a lifelong process of change that takes time and hard work. It is important to recognize that the path to addiction did not occur overnight; similarly, the path to recovery does not happen in an instant either.

There are many pathways to recovery

There is no one “correct” way to recover; rather, recovery occurs through many pathways. While one person may find recovery in the rooms of a 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous, others may find relief in outpatient therapy, church, yoga, or a combination of these different positive-focused communities. Recovery is highly individualized in that everyone’s recovery looks a little different.

Recovery is a journey

Recovery is a journey with many ups and downs. Healing is not linear; rather, there will be ups and downs, ebbs and flows during the process. It is important to understand that this is completely normal. At times, it may be very difficult to stay on the right path, whereas at other points, sobriety and recovery seem second-nature. Sometimes, additional support may be necessary. It is crucial that the recovering individuals accepts that this is normal and perfectly okay.

Depression and Addiction: Treating a Dual Diagnosis

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10 AA Sayings That Will Inspire You in RecoveryDepression and addiction are common comorbid conditions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health’s Epidemiological Catchment Area study, among individuals with lifetime major depression, 16.5% had an alcohol use disorder and 18% had a drug use disorder. Both problem drinking and drug abuse are more common in depressed individuals than in the general population. Substance abuse can worsen the course of depression, increasing the risks of outcomes such as substance addiction, hospitalization, suicide attempts, and overdose. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that major depressive disorder affects almost 7% of American adults (almost 15 million). Treatment for these co-occurring disorders must target both conditions in order for the individual to achieve lasting recovery.

Recognizing Depression

How can you distinguish between clinical depression and the typical downs we experience on a daily basis? With clinical depression, the severity of these moods is more pronounced and persistent. In order to meet the clinical diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder, an individual must experience at least five symptoms of depression for two or more weeks. These symptoms include:

  • A predominantly low mood the majority of the time
  • Physical exhaustion
  • A lack of interest in favorite activities
  • Unwanted weight loss/weight gain
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Failure to focus on important tasks
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or hopelessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you or a loved one have experienced these symptoms for more than two weeks, you may be suffering from depression. Recognizing that you are depressed is the pivotal first step towards getting better.

Dual Diagnosis

Substance abuse is common among people struggling with a depressive disorder. If you struggle with depression and addiction, you have what is called a dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis can be made up of any combination of a mental disorder and addiction. Diagnoses that include a depressive disorder are among the most common forms of dual diagnosis. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, one in three adults who struggle with alcohol or drug abuse also suffer from depression. Dual diagnoses can be tricky to treat because each disorder can intensify the symptoms of the other. Fortunately, help is available and recovery from a dual diagnosis is possible.

If you are struggling with a dual diagnosis, it is important to seek help from a program that provides a specialized dual diagnosis track. Seeking treatment from a dual diagnosis program can help you avoid the negative effects of substance abuse and depression, helping you to lead a healthy, happy life you deserve.

Recreate Life Counseling Services

At Recreate, we offer specialized dual diagnosis treatment. Our dual diagnosis program addresses both problems simultaneously because we recognize that these two forms of treatment must be integrated for a healthy recovery. Our experienced counselors provide education on the disorders and emphasize the importance of prioritizing both conditions. Recreate is a licensed provider of intensive outpatient programs in sunny South Florida. We are dedicated to providing individualized treatment plans to help our clients recreate their lives in recovery. 

Personal Testimony: I Went to Rehab in Florida

Never did I imagine I would end up in rehab. It’s not one of those things you put on a bucket list or envision doing as a child. Fortunately, going to rehab in Florida saved my life. Addiction took me to such a dark and despairing place that I would not wish on anybody. It destroyed my relationships, my physical, mental, and emotional health, and almost ended up killing me. I remember kneeling down on the ground of the bedroom that had become my prison and begging for God (or anyone, anything) to just help me stop drinking. I would start drinking in the morning because I was physically sick without it, and spend the entire day locked in my bedroom consuming bottle after bottle. When I wasn’t drinking, I was going to my local liquor store to get that next drink. I tried going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on my own and attended two rehabs before I flew down to Florida to attend a longer-term treatment center.

My Experience: Rehab in Florida

When I bought my plane ticket to Florida, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My previous rehab had suggested a specific treatment center in Florida, and I heard that changing your “people, places, and things” was beneficial for your recovery. I could not imagine being in rehab for 90 days and fought with my family and the staff the entire day I was supposed to be admitted. It literally took me eight hours to sign all the intake paperwork because I kept running out of the office. Finally, one of the therapists talked me into staying for the night. I reluctantly agreed and went to my room. Something happened when that therapist calmly suggested that I give this thing a solid effort — the process of my surrender began to take place.

I also did not realize that I had just entered the “Recovery Capital of the World,” whatever that may mean. All I knew was that my treatment center took us to many outside 12-step meetings that were actually pretty good. I started to connect with my fellow addicts and began to open up to my peers and the professionals. As my mind began to clear, I began participating in groups and therapy sessions. I started to embrace treatment and recovery and accepted the fantastic treatment that was being offered to me. Treatment provided me the time and space to figure out who I was and address the root causes of my addiction. Being mostly detached from the “real world” allowed me to focus on the present moment and navigate my emotions more carefully. I was no longer able to numb my emotions (both the positive and negative ones), so I had to learn a different way to think, act, and be.

Attending rehab in Florida changed my life for the better. Once I surrendered to the process and allowed others to love me (since I did not love myself at this point), change started to gradually take place. I began to smile again and think less about using substances. I started to build a solid foundation for lifelong sobriety that I have continued to work on after I left treatment. Because of what I learned in rehab and what I continue to learn in the rooms of 12 Step Programs, I now live a happy, healthy life in recovery.

If You Are Struggling, Reach Out for Help

If you or a loved one is struggling with rehab, please reach out for help today. Going to rehab and learning how to live clean and sober made a huge difference in my life. Recreate Life Counseling Services is here to help you build that foundation for lifelong sobriety. We are an outpatient addiction treatment center in sunny South Florida with amazing staff members dedicated to helping guide you in your recovery. 

Number of Opioid-Addicted Babies More than Tripled in 15 Years

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of babies born dependent on opioids increased by 300% between 1999 and 2013. These babies are born craving opioids and experiencing withdrawal symptoms, resulting in many physical and mental challenges. This data is derived from publicly available data from 28 states where information about opioid addiction has been archived. Terrifyingly enough, the CDC believes that the hospital data greatly underestimates the prevalence of drug-addicted infants. In the report, the CDC stated that neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) increased from 1.5 per 1,000 hospital births in 1999, to 6 per 1,000 hospital births in 2013.

What Can Be Done About This?

The CDC believes that state governments have an important role to play in addressing this issue because they delegate funds for substance abuse treatment and recovery that are passed down from the federal government. In 2012 alone, Medicaid programs in some select states covered 80% of the whopping $1.5 billion in costs for the treatment of drug-addicted babies at hospitals. It would be ideal if even just a percentage of these funds went to helping the mothers before their babies were born addicted to drugs. The CDC urged the need for funding of a public health initiative to help pregnant women who are battling addiction. There needs to be more proactive attempts at helping these women before their babies are born already addicted to drugs. One such effort is the Perinatal Recovery Effort through Maternal Intervention and Education (Project P.R.E.M.I.E) in Santa Maria, California. This program provides pregnant women with a sober living environment, substance abuse programs, parenting classes, and nutrition and health support, regardless of the woman’s financial status. More programs and efforts such as Project P.R.E.M.I.E. need to happen to help expectant women abstain from opioids during pregnancy, and help them maintain lifelong abstinence and sobriety.

Recovery from Drug Addiction

Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is possible. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, please contact Recreate Life Counseling Services today. Our outpatient program in Delray Beach, Florida is here to help you or your loved one recover from addiction and recreate your life. We believe that addiction recovery is possible for everyone. There is no shame in asking for professional help, so please reach out to us today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our treatment program or how we can help you.

Trauma Therapy at Recreate Life Counseling Services

At Recreate Life Counseling Services, we believe in the importance of providing trauma therapy for our clients struggling with past trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a condition in which an individual experiences intense stress or anxiety after witnessing or being engaged in a traumatic event. PTSD can cause intense anxiety, intrusive memories, and flashbacks that may interfere with daily life and lead to feelings of hopelessness.

Many who struggle with PTSD turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to numb their pain and ease their symptoms. When substances are used to deal with PTSD symptoms, the symptoms of both the PTSD and substance abuse only become more severe. The symptoms of PTSD can be temporarily “managed” with substance abuse, but these methods of self-medication only work for a short time. It is not long before the individual starts to develop negative consequences due to the concurrent trauma and addiction.

At Recreate Life Counseling Services, our expert trauma therapist is certified in several forms of trauma therapy, including hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Rapid Trauma Resolution. Our trauma therapist has extensive success with treating clients struggling with trauma and substance abuse. She not only instills in our clients a sense of hope, but also the skills necessary to achieve success in their everyday lives.

Hypnotherapy

Many PTSD sufferers find that hypnotherapy is beneficial for their recovery. The goal of hypnotherapy is to unlock stored emotion so that the trauma can be revisited and explored from a different perspective.

EMDR

EMDR is a comprehensive, integrated treatment approach to addressing PTSD and other trauma-related issues. Recreate is proud to offer this innovative and effective therapy from a certified EMDR therapist. With EMDR, the client focuses on any past traumatic events, current situations that cause distress, and developing coping skills for the future.

Rapid Trauma Resolution

Rapid Trauma Resolution is a therapeutic approach that quickly and painlessly eliminates the effects of trauma using dynamic multilevel communication. It utilizes different tools such as stories and guided symbolic imagery to resolve the root causes of traumatic issues.
We are proud to offer these innovative and effective trauma therapies at Recreate. If you or a loved one are struggling with trauma and substance abuse, reach out to Recreate today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our trauma therapy or our other programs and services.

Gender-Specific Groups: Recreate Life Counseling Services

Gender-Specific Groups

Gender-Specific Groups

Men and women experience addiction differently, which is why we offer gender-specific groups at Recreate Life Counseling Services.  For many years, addiction treatment was geared towards men, and women were often left without treatment or support. Fortunately, the treatment field has evolved and great strides have been made in addressing the unique needs of each gender. At Recreate, our gender-specific groups are led by an experienced addiction counselor who is well-versed in the needs of that gender. We believe that gender-specific groups provide a unique opportunity for our clients to address their core issues and discover the roots of their addiction, without the distraction of the opposite sex.

The Genders and Addiction

How do the genders experience addiction differently? For one, women become dependent on substances at a much faster rate and at lower levels of use. Also, women experience social and medical consequences of their chemical dependency faster, and are more likely to relapse. Additionally, women use drugs and alcohol for different reasons than men do; thus, separate treatment allows us to address these reasons in a safe and therapeutic environment. According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, men are twice as likely to abuse drugs as women. In addition, males tend to start using drugs at an earlier age and abuse drugs more often and in larger amounts than women.

Gender-separate treatment provides a safe space for our clients to heal from their addiction and move forward in their recovery journey. Recreate believe that our gender specific groups allows our male and female clients to speak more openly and honestly about past traumatic events, current struggles, and their addiction. According to a study that compared female-only treatment programs to mixed-gender programs, the clients in the female-only program utilized more treatment services and had better drug and legal-related outcomes at the follow-up mark.

 

Recovery Is Possible

If you are interested in gender-specific groups and are seeking an outpatient treatment center, give Recreate Life Counseling Services a call today at (844) 463-3968. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our treatment program and how we can help you or your loved one recover from addiction.