People from all walks of life can become addicted to alcohol or drugs. In fact, it’s currently estimated that approximately one in ten American adults suffer from some type of substance abuse problem. However, there are some major differences in recovery needs between different demographic groups. When it comes to women’s recovery, it’s important to account for and address many of the specific cultural scenarios that can contribute to the development of an addiction. Thus, our women’s rehab in Colorado is the ideal solution for your recovery needs.
What Makes Women’s Rehab Centers Unique?
More often than not, when we think about the effects of addiction we associate the physical effects most readily. The issue that comes from quickly associating alcoholism and drug addiction with physical effects is that these addictions cause much more than the loss of physical health. Rather, there have been a wide variety of effects attributed to addiction, which is why this disease has been quite notorious for being very difficult to treat. Until somewhat recently, the majority of addiction treatment programs took a much more generalized approach to addiction with all patients — regardless of age, gender, religious, and other demographic factors — participating in the same types of treatment and therapy; however, as we’ve discovered, recovery is substantially more successful when a program can address his or her unique needs and accommodate his or her preferences. This is why we’ve been seeing gender-specific treatment for addiction, including our women’s rehab in Colorado.
You might wonder what needs a women’s program would address that other programs couldn’t. First, it’s important to know that many of the effects of addiction are actually the same for women as for men. Both men and women experience deterioration of physical health, have trouble with relationships, and exhibit dramatically changed behavior and even personality traits due to being addicted. However, there are also some key differences, too. In particular, research has shown women to develop substance abuse problems more rapidly than men. Further, it’s usually the case that a woman will experience more difficulties related to emotional or mental health resulting from alcoholism and drug addiction; in other words, it’s more common for women to display symptoms of comorbid emotional disorders, making treatment with a dual-diagnosis focus particularly valuable for women.
As has historically been the case, there are cultural and societal differences between men and women; thus, while men tend to be more reluctant to ask for help and seek treatment, women have shown to be more receptive, which is why it’s important to have women’s programs available. Moreover, women’s treatment for addiction often includes different emotional focuses, helping them with things like personal empowerment and positive self-image and self-concept in addition to any dual-diagnosis support that would be needed when there are comorbid mental or emotional illnesses.
Benefits of a Women’s Rehab Center
Alcoholism and drug addiction have been connected with a wide variety of effects in both men and women. However, as suggested above, there are still certain aspects of addiction — whether it’s the development of a substance abuse problem, its progression, or one’s journey through the rehabilitation process — that differ between women and men; hence, women’s treatment for addiction has been the preferred route of recovery for any females suffering from alcohol or drug use problems.
If we consider a more cultural perspective, women tend to have an easier time and are more forthcoming when it comes to communicating thoughts and feelings. Additionally, there are a number of gender-specific social and cultural issues that women regularly face, and it’s these gender-specific issues that tend to be a focus of our Colorado women’s rehab. Among the gender-specific issues that women face, one example is victimization. As research has consistently shown, victims of violent and/or sexual crimes are usually women; therefore, learning how to cope with the post-traumatic stress that inevitably results from being victimized in such ways is just one of many potential topics that are covered at a women’s rehab. Likewise, for women who have been victimized, this is undoubtedly one of the greatest and more pertinent benefits of (as well as the greatest incentive to) seeking gender-specific treatment.
Besides helping them to overcome substance abuse problems, patients who enroll in our women’s rehab in Colorado will develop a strong sense of identity, more positive self-image, higher self-worth, and significantly improved self-esteem. When a patient completes the program and returns home, it’s our goal to ensure that patients feel capable of employing a variety of skills, relapse-prevention techniques, and strategies to protect newfound sobriety.
What to Expect from our Rehab for Women in Colorado
As tends to be the case with any high-quality substance abuse treatment program, our Colorado women’s rehab has a strong basis in psychotherapy and individual counseling. Sometimes referred to colloquially as “talk therapy,” the purpose of counseling is to help patients the causes of their alcohol and drug problems, which will put them in better positions for making sure those factors don’t contribute to relapses after returning home. As well, one-on-one psychotherapy and counseling frequently incorporate exercises in empowerment as well as in strengthening self-esteem; these are vital to women’s lasting success in recovery.
Besides counseling, another prominent part of our women’s rehab in Colorado is group therapy, a key component of most addiction treatment programs. While attending group therapy sessions, a patient learns valuable information about the disease of addiction as well as the overall recovery journey and numerous practical life skills. Usually, group therapy is used as an ideal medium for helping patients to learn certain strategies for preventing or minimizing the potential for relapse in the future. Perhaps most importantly, group therapy gives patients the chance to develop or even re-learn their social skills while developing mutually-supportive bonds with peers.
There are other forms of treatment, particularly supplemental therapies and even recreational activities, that can play a prominent role in recovery at our women’s rehab in Colorado. Of course, recreation can be valuable because it allows patients to discover ways of enjoying themselves without needing to resort to alcohol or drugs. As well, making time for recreational and personal enjoyment means having time for things like meditation or even letting patients blow off some steam and have some enjoyment during their downtime.