Gender-Specific Treatment

Gender-Specific Substance Abuse Treatment in Delray Beach

Do Men and Women Differ in Addiction?

Addiction is a non-discriminatory disease, meaning that it affects people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and of course, gender. And while addiction occurs in both males and females, it impacts them much differently. Additionally, the origins of addiction can be different in men and women, and treatment approaches can be tailored to the needs of each gender. So, while both men and women can grapple with addiction, the details of their addiction can be specific to their gender.

Thankfully, however, there are gender-specific treatment options available for our all male facility. Through our program, men struggling with addiction can receive the attention they need in order to address all of the layers of their addiction, all while in a safe, comfortable environment amongst others of the same gender that can relate and empathize.

Effects of Addiction in Women and Men

Why Should I Consider a Men's Only IOP?

Gender-specific treatment programs for substance abuse are not just offered because they might be more “comfortable” for individuals, but rather because men and women simply do not experience addiction the same way. For example, studies show that men abuse drugs and/or alcohol at an earlier age than women and they also abuse drugs more frequently and in larger amounts. Women are not as likely to partake in binge drinking as men are. In addition, note the following:

  • Women experience more physical pain than men, making them more likely to receive prescription painkillers, and in turn, abuse them.
  • Men are at greatest risk for abusing marijuana
  • Both women and men are both likely to abuse amphetamines at the same rate, however, women can become addicted faster than men

Particularly when it comes to their biological makeup, women and men can abuse the same substance in the same capacity and experience dramatically different outcomes. Consider the following:

  • Body weight – Women naturally have a lower body weight than men, making it easier for them to become under the influence. They do not need to abuse as much of substance to feel high, and when drugs and/or alcohol are consumed, women are at an increased risk for organ damage than men.
  • Body enzymes – Men have more enzymes in their body capable of breaking down alcohol and other substances than women do. As a result, women experience the effects of substance abuse faster.
  • Mental health – Women are more likely to struggle with symptoms of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc. than men are. On the other hand, men are at increased risk for experiencing peer pressure and stress. All of these mental health concerns can contribute to the development of addiction, however, the origins tend to vary between the genders.

Gender-Specific Treatment

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When women and men find their ways into gender-specific treatment for substance abuse, both genders are more likely to stay in treatment longer, which increases their chances of a more successful recovery. Men benefit from men’s only treatment programs for many reasons. Socially, men are not expected to be emotional or expressive with their feelings. In fact, the social stigma is the opposite, meaning that men have a societal pressure to maintain a stoic emotional appearance. However, when in the confines of a therapeutic environment with other men, these individuals can begin to open up without feeling judged or embarrassed in front of female patients.

If you feel that you or someone you love might gain a strong foothold in recovery through a gender-specific treatment program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help. Additionally, if you know a woman who is in need of substance abuse treatment, we have strong referral partners in the behavioral health field that can meet their needs best. Call us today and we’d be happy to discuss all of your treatment options and get you on the path to sobriety!

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