Extensive research suggests that women can benefit greatly from going to a “women’s only” treatment center because women experience drug and alcohol addiction differently than men do.
Not only do women have different biological responses and co-occurring factors, they also turn to drugs and alcohol for different reasons. Women have different predisposing risk factors, psychological disorders, and family and social risk factors than men that can lead to chemical dependency. Our women’s program specializes in trauma, which often goes hand-in-hand with drug and alcohol addiction.
Trauma caused by sexual, physical, or emotional abuse is extremely common among female alcohol and drug abusers and can lead to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, shame, guilt, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In fact, women are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD. Women who have experienced trauma often struggle with trust and interpersonal skills, which makes them highly sensitive to group dynamics and interactions with men.
For women, addiction and trauma are often inter-related, so an effective substance abuse treatment approach has to address all of these issues at once.
Our women’s program, Sandy’s Place, has expertise in the identification and treatment of women who have dual diagnosis in addition to their alcoholism or drug addiction.
It is a safe, loving and therapeutic environment where women are safe to be themselves and heal at their own pace.