Gender Group Therapy

Addiction is Statistically Different in Men and Women

  • Approximately 4.5 million women in the U.S. have an addiction issue. 3.1 million use illegal drugs on a regular basis and 3.5 million abuse prescription medications.
  • Women’s body weight tends to be lower than men’s, and they carry more body fat and less water. The body will retain alcohol in its fatty cells longer than if it had a higher water content. A woman’s internal organs have a longer period where they are unprotected to the effects of the alcohol.
  • Women also have smaller levels of enzymes capable of breaking down alcohol in their stomach and liver. Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream at a faster rate for women, which means their blood alcohol content will increase more swiftly than a man who has had the same number of drinks during the same period.
Gender Group Therapy for Addiction

Gender Group Therapy for Addiction

Men and women experience addiction differently as a group, and when they come into addiction treatment, their experiences there are different, as well. Gender group therapy helps to address these differences.  Addicts have a long list of excuses why they can’t go to rehab right now, and the sorts of reasons they use tend to vary by gender. One size doesn’t fit all for each client, and Florida Addiction treatment programs for men and women need to be different as well.

Men tend to start abusing drugs or alcohol for the supposed benefits they believe they will gain from it. Generally, males are looking to increase stamina, have a good time or even improve their sex lives. Women, on the other hand, are many times seeking to escape painful emotions caused by victimization or sexual harm. They may also start using drugs or alcohol because their spouse or partner is using them too. Being part of a gender group allows clients to openly discuss sensitive gender issues and provides direct support from same-sex peers. The importance of providing our clients with a gender-specific forum to participate in his or her addiction treatment can’t be overstated. The opportunity for growth and maturity that gender groups provide is a distinction often overlooked but of great benefit.

The Benefits of Florida Gender-Specific Treatment Programs

Addiction is a disease that affects both men and women, but that doesn’t mean each gender benefits from the same approach to treatment. Since males and females identify differently, it stands to reason that their experiences with substance abuse will differ.

These experiences form part of a criteria considered when establishing an individualized treatment plan, and it’s possible to use some general modalities when determining the best ways to get a client on the road to addiction recovery. Gender-specific treatment programs have some distinctive advantages for addiction, since they address the different experiences of the sexes. Sensitivity to the needs of each group in treatment provides a safe, supportive environment for healing. Gender group therapy has many benefits that include:

  • Self-Esteem & Self-Worth
  • Conflict Resolution & Anger Management
  • Family Roles
  • Self-Image, Body Image & Health
  • Defense Mechanisms/Unhealthy Coping Patterns
  • Healthy Exploration of Emotions
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