Benefits of Attending an All-Women Rehab Program
There have been studies conducted over the years to determine just how different men are from women. Do women heal differently than men? Do women cope differently, better or worse than men? Is there a difference in the recovery process for women compared to men? While the jury is still out on many of these inquiries, women already know the answer. Women are affected by their life experiences in a way that is unique to their gender, and sometimes, men just don’t get it.
This is one of the reasons why it might be a good idea to seek a female-only rehab program. Here are a few more.
- Safety and Security From Emotional Blockages
Many women turn to drugs or alcohol to escape the pain of a traumatic experience. Sexual abuse, domestic violence or sexual assault may play a part in why some women turn to drugs. If this is the case, being forced to communicate directly with men in a group dynamic, or simply being exposed to men throughout a residential treatment process, could block the addict’s ability to truly discover herself and her reasons for using. If the woman is fearful of the presence of men, her recovery may suffer.
Choosing an all-women recovery center removes this emotional blockage and provides the addict with the knowledge that she is safe and secure among other women – some of whom may have the same fears and motivations that she does.
- Healing Styles
Men have one way of handling stressful situations, especially when it comes to sharing how they feel or what most frightens them. Women have an entirely different way of nurturing their own feelings. While men tend to react with defensiveness to others’ emotions, women are more apt to soothe and tend to others’ needs.
When women experience the same emotional environment as a group, they are more likely to help each other and accept new members more quickly. This is especially true if there are no thoughts of ego or competition for the attention of men in the group.
- Women Face Problems in Recovery That Men May Not Understand
In many cases, women fear entering recovery because of the effect it may have on their children or partners. Women are often seen as the center of a household and family, caring for and tending to their partner’s and children’s needs. Because of these factors, when women do choose to enroll in a treatment center, they carry with them the additional guilt of having “abandoned” their families, even though recovery is the best possible choice for their families.
An all-woman treatment facility or rehab center is better equipped to handle these additional issues and place the female addict’s mind to rest concerning their partners and children.
- Sexual Orientation
Many lesbians have been subjected to homophobia by men and society in general. This condition may contribute to their addiction problems. By centering a treatment program in a gender-specific way, all women, both homosexual and heterosexual, can become empowered by acknowledging their gender and the role it plays in their lives.
In addition to these issues, women are more apt to be open and honest about their feelings of inadequacy, insecurity and low self-esteem when surrounded by a gender-specific group.