Not only is addiction affecting society on an unparalleled scale, the disease also affects the entire demographic spectrum. Men and women of all ages and from all walks of life have fallen prey to the momentous power and addictive potential of mind-altering substances. And whereas individuals suffering from other diseases often seek treatment and medical support to alleviate their suffering, the disease of addiction protects itself, making people act in ways that are detrimental while prolonging their suffering.
Besides showing the raw scale of the disease, addiction research has shown a number of other interesting facts about addiction. While we tend to focus on gender differences in terms of the social implications, research has shown that there are some significant differences between men and women regarding how each develops, suffers from, and overcomes addiction. With women in particular, it’s increasingly important to offer substance abuse treatment that appeals and addresses the unique recovery needs that women have, which is why Just Believe Recovery offers a women’s drug and alcohol rehab in Pennsylvania.When we compare men and women, we tend to focus on the obvious or observable differences. For example, we associate women with “femininity” and men with “masculinity.” By extension, we see men as the breadwinners while women are the nurturers. Men are seen as more assertive or even aggressive while women are viewed as being passive or possible passive-aggressive. But what differences to we see between genders when it comes to substance abuse and addiction?
According to research, a lot of gender differences factor into substance abuse and the development of addictions, and many of these differences relate to things like gender roles and differences in social and cultural experience. Being that they’re seen as feminine, there’s an implication that women are weaker and easy “prey,” which has resulted in women more frequently being victims of physical and sexual assaults. Due to the increased rates of these attacks against women compared to men, women tend to suffer from lingering mental and emotional distress, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. As we’ve learned through years of research, these psychological symptoms can cause a person to turn to substance abuse in an effort to find relief.
Besides social differences, it’s a fact that women respond to mind-altering substances different and the trajectory of substance abuse to addiction is different, too. For instance, women tend to need smaller amounts of a substance to experience intense effects. Part of this could be due to having a smaller average body mass, but research also shows that women tend to escalate their substance abuse more rapidly than men. In other words, during an episode of substance abuse, women tend to consume the substances faster and in larger amounts, resulting in the full effects of intoxication being felt much more rapidly. Similarly, women tend to develop addictions at a faster rate than their male counterparts.As there are some notable and important differences with how women develop and experience addiction compared to men, it’s important for there to be quality recovery options available to women who are suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism. At Just Believe Recovery, we offer a women’s drug and alcohol rehab in Pennsylvania. It was important to us that we offer a female-focused form of addiction treatment and recovery support as there’s recently been a momentous increase in need and demand for substance abuse treatment that specifically targets the recovery needs women tend to have.Though there are notable differences regarding how men and women develop and suffer from addiction, the overall trajectory of recovery for women who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction is similar to the trajectory for all patients. Typically, a woman who suffers from a substance abuse disorder will begin her recovery with an initial period of medical detox treatment, followed by a round of high-quality substance abuse treatment and ending the rehabilitation journey with continued aftercare.
A medical detox program is an initial period of care during which the patient will focus solely on overcoming the physical and physiological aspects of alcoholism or drug addiction. Since the abrupt cessation of intake of a substance to which a person is addicted will result in intense withdrawal symptoms, starting the recovery journey with a period of detox treatment will help the individual break his or her dependence on the substance, ensuring that he or she isn’t suffering from debilitating withdrawal symptoms while attending individual and group therapy sessions. In short, medical detox treatment eases the patient into the rehabilitation journey and primes him or her for treatment.
Having completed medical detox treatment, the patient will proceed to treatment. In particular, the patient will begin receiving treatment as part of an inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, or standard outpatient program, depending on the patient’s history with substance abuse, preferences, and unique recovery needs. Ultimately, the goal is to match the patient with the treatment program that is most appropriate for his or her needs. By taking care to match the patient appropriately, he or she will experience the greatest possible benefit while in the program, resulting in a more stable and long-lasting recovery.
Following the treatment program, most patients will proceed to aftercare. Specifically, aftercare is a term used to referred to the continued recovery support a patient requires after completing treatment. Though there are numerous forms of aftercare that can be used, some of the most common including twelve-step programs, psychotherapy, support groups, and various other resources.Aside from the obvious biological and cultural differences, women and men differ when it comes to their recovery needs. One of the main benefits of choosing our women’s drug and alcohol rehab in Pennsylvania is that our program has been specially designed with empowerment in mind. Since statistics show that women are victimized more often than men, a significant focus of our women’s programs is to empower women, both physically and emotionally. Considering how the effects of violent attacks can result in substance abuse problems, we aim to help our female patients overcome the effects of trauma while working on their sobriety as this will ensure that they have all the tools they need to sustain their sobriety indefinitely after completing a treatment program.
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