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Gender-Specific Tracks for Addiction Recovery

Gender-Specific Tracks for Addiction RecoveryGender often plays a part in determining patients’ physical and psychological needs during addiction recovery. Choosing a recovery track that is gender-specific means choosing a path within a program that caters to these individual needs, among others. Albuquerque residents may find that enrolling in gender-specific programs may help support their rehabilitative process.

Why Are Gender-Specific Tracks Effective?

A philosophy of effective addiction treatment is that it must be individualized to meet the needs of patients. Factors such as body image, stress, and struggles in relationships can contribute to women’s struggles with addiction, while factors such as anger and impulsivity may more commonly affect men. Co-ed programs with gender-specific tracks can be highly successful in meeting the specific demands of each gender.

NIDA research shows that gender plays a role in an individual’s initial decision to use drugs and the timing of it, the types of drugs people are addicted to, their likelihood of seeking treatment, and the issues that underlie the addiction, and the way the drugs affect them physically and psychologically.

Albuquerque residents should consider whether gender-specific concerns influenced their addictions development when choose a treatment path.

What Issues Are Addressed in Gender-Specific Treatment?

One of the major issues that is often addressed in drug treatment tracks for women is their higher risk for developing eating disorders. Issues with body image can lead to abusing drugs as a means of coping with emotional pain, and then the drugs themselves can contribute to malnutrition, weight loss, or weight gain. Women are more likely to have other health problems that need to be addressed in treatment, and are more likely to have suffered from physical and sexual abuse, which can result in PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, and depression. Family and partner issues also play a larger role in women’s substance abuse.

Men use drugs when they are feeling good in order to enhance an experience more often than women. Many also often externalize emotions whereas women often internalize them, which can make for completely different experiences in counseling and group therapy. Gender-specific therapy sessions can help put both men and women at ease and feel they are understood. When the patients sympathize with one another on a more intimate level, it engenders a sense of comfort and openness that Albuquerque residents should consider.

Substance abuse among women is more highly stigmatized than among males, despite that males are more likely to use illicit drugs. One of the goals of gender-specific treatment is to make both men and women comfortable seeking out the treatment they need to live lives free of substance abuse.

Help of Substance Abuse

If you or a loved one in Albuquerque is struggling with abuse or addiction, call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the right treatment program and, if desired, a gender-specific track. Please call today.