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.
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.
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.