Men and women face different pressures and challenges in recovery. They also use and metabolize drugs and alcohol differently. And while there are many common factors in people’s experiences with addiction and substance abuse, people need individualized, adaptable treatment options to have the best chance at long-term recovery. For many people, a women’s or men’s addiction treatment center is the best choice for their treatment needs.
Attending gender-specific rehab allows people to get the right treatment for their unique needs. If you or someone you love require substance abuse treatment, please know that you are not alone. The staff at the Northern Illinois Recovery Center offer programs to support people at every stage of recovery. Call today at 855.786.1978 or fill out an online intake form here.
Understanding Rehab for Men
Men-only rehab is better able to meet the physical and emotional needs of men who need treatment. Research suggests that men begin to use drugs and alcohol for different reasons than women do. Men may desire the pleasurable effects or expected side effects of the substances they use. They may use substances to improve concentration or to help them perform better at work. In general, they begin using substances at a higher dose than women do.
Men may also have different feelings about asking for help or seeking treatment and need different social and emotional support, especially in the early stages of recovery. They are more likely to try to put off treatment or to quit cold turkey. Men may also avoid group support or hesitate to open up emotionally during treatment compared to women. When offering rehab for men, the staff will be specially trained to address these issues and provide sensitive care.
Choosing Rehab for Women
Women have different biological, emotional, and cultural factors that contribute to their addiction or substance use. Because of this, women benefit from getting specialized, gender-specific addiction treatment. Women are more likely to become addicted to substances quicker than men and abuse prescription drugs at a higher rate. Research suggests women may use substances to dull emotions or help them manage stress and trauma rather than get high or feel pleasure.
Research shows that women in recovery benefit from the support of a community of peers and may experience a range of benefits from holistic therapies to support whole-self healing. They also may feel unsafe or uncomfortable doing the vulnerable, emotional work of addiction treatment when men are present. The staff at a women’s treatment facility are trained to address the emotional and physical needs of the women in their care and offer a safe, structured environment for women in recovery.
Is Gender-Specific Treatment Necessary?
Research shows significant physical and cultural differences between men and women when it comes to substance abuse and recovery. These differences are clear when you look at rates of substance abuse, how substances affect the brain and body, and the type of substances used. Men and women also report different factors that lead to addiction and relapse.
To get to the root of addiction and treat the whole person, it is important to consider important factors like gender, culture, and societal expectations. Gender-specific treatment programs can offer sensitive, individualized care in a calm, supportive environment. Research shows that men and women benefit when they can focus on their recovery without distractions or managing societal expectations.
Learn More About Addiction Recovery at the Northern Illinois Recovery Center
If you or someone you love require addiction treatment, you are not alone. At the Northern Illinois Recovery Center, we offer a range of programs that empower people to overcome addiction and learn how to live life without substances. In addition to our gender-specific rehab programs, we offer:
- Outpatient drug rehab center
- Sober living program
- Young adult addiction treatment center
- Telehealth rehab program
- Addiction aftercare
- 12 step program
You do not have to manage your addiction alone. You deserve to get life-changing treatment so you can live a full, healthy life. Please call our admissions counselors today at 855.786.1978 or fill out an online intake form here.