Gender-specific rehab has gained popularity in recent years. You may be wondering if rehab is different for each gender. The simple answer is yes. There are biological and cultural differences in addiction between genders. Biology and culture not only affect addiction but the process of recovery as well. Gender-specific rehab is better able to address these differences than traditional addiction rehab.
Gender-Based Biological Differences
Men’s and women’s bodies are different, which means that drugs will affect them differently. When it comes to alcohol, women have a lower concentration of the enzyme that processes alcohol and lower body weight, which causes them to become intoxicated at lower doses than men. However, alcohol can trigger a more significant dopamine release in men than in women.
When using cocaine, a women’s menstrual cycle can cause greater sensitivity to the substance. Women have also reported greater pleasure from cocaine use when they are in the beginning phases of their cycle. When using stimulants, men and women can experience different psychological effects during and after use.
Gender-specific rehab can take these biological differences into consideration, improving treatment outcomes and reducing the risk of relapse. It can also play a role in treating the physical effects of addiction.
Gender-Based Barriers to Treatment
Some barriers to treatment are universal, and some vary based on gender.
Women are less likely to stay in a rehab program long-term because they feel a more profound need to be with their family. Women are also more likely to put the needs of others ahead of their own. A women’s rehab program can address these barriers and provide solutions, including on-site childcare.
Men are less likely to admit they have a problem or to seek help for addiction. Men often learn that needing help is a sign of weakness, which means that they may delay seeking treatment. They may feel shame or anger at others or themselves when they enter addiction treatment. A men’s rehab program might spend more time on motivational interviewing, which helps motivate the individual to change behavior.
Gender-Specific Rehab Atmosphere
Men and women have different preferences for the atmosphere, which is an essential aspect of treatment. Consider the difference between a stereotypical man cave vs. she shed. These differences are based on the common preferences of men and women. However, the atmosphere goes far beyond decoration.
Women find it easier to recover when they feel nurtured and supported. Feeling safe and cared for are essential. Women’s rehab should inspire these feelings.
Men tend to focus on strength and masculinity. This is a crucial part of men’s rehab. The underlying message is that receiving help for addiction is a sign of strength instead of weakness. Healthy masculinity is supported.
Gender-Specific Rehab Addresses Cultural Differences
Men and women often have different triggers and reasons for addiction based on traditional cultural roles. Gender-specific rehab can focus on these reasons for addiction.
For example, men are more likely to smoke because of the stimulation it provides. Women are more likely to smoke as a way to bond with others. Men are more likely to use drugs because of the stereotype men are supposed to live dangerously and take more risks. They are more likely to use drugs as a form of recreation and to be more productive. Women are more likely to use drugs to deal with negative emotions and fit in with peers.
Seek Gender-Specific Rehab at Midwest Detox
At Midwest Detox in Maumee, Ohio, we offer gender-specific rehab. Our gender-specific rehab programs provide the same services as standard addiction rehab. However, they are also specialized based on gender. If you need addiction treatment, contact us today at [Direct], or contact us online. We can discuss your options and help you choose the best program for your needs.