Addiction does not discriminate. It affects people of all genders, ages, races, religions, professions, and socioeconomic statuses. However, it is not uncommon to see more men seeking addiction treatment as opposed to women. This has been a common trend for decades. In recent years, more women have begun to enter treatment, especially with more gender-responsive treatment programs being developed, such as those at Crossroads.
Women are notorious for putting the needs of others – especially their family – ahead of their own needs. This is just one reason why some women may shy away from treatment; they are more concerned about raising and caring for their family. There are also stereotypes that unfortunately still exist that stigmatize women for admitting that they have problems with drugs or alcohol.
There are other reasons women may be hesitant to seek treatment as well:
- They are worried about who will care for their family in their absence;
- They don’t want their children to be removed from the home;
- They fear that they don’t have the time or funds complete an addiction treatment program and keep up with other responsibilities;
- They lack reliable transportation;
- They don’t want to admit that they need help.
In addition, women often face different challenges than men when it comes to substance misuse and treatment.
Benefits of Gender-Responsive Treatment
Engaging in a gender-responsive treatment program can allow women to find support that better meets their unique needs. They are surrounded by other women who are going through similar situations and understand firsthand the struggles and fears. Women may feel more comfortable opening up and expressing themselves when in a female-only setting as opposed to a co-ed group.
In addition, facilities like Crossroads have programs specifically designed for women and mothers. The Back Cove Women’s Residential Program is for women only and addresses the unique challenges that women face in recovery and equips them with the strategies they need to be more successful. The Children and Mothers Residential Program (CAMP) is specifically for expectant mothers or those with young children. Women can bring their children with them to the treatment facility so that they are not separated. Child care is provided during treatment sessions, and women also participate in programs to help them enhance their parenting skills and access necessary resources.
Women can get the individualized help they need and build a stronger support system while surrounded by other females. They can share issues that affect their recovery and learn healthier strategies for managing these challenges. In addition, there are also family programs that bring everyone together to work on recovery activities, rebuilding relationships, improving communication, and more.
At Crossroads, women can feel empowered in their recovery and realize that they deserve to live a fulfilling and substance-free lifestyle. By addressing their own issues with addiction and mental health, they can be a stronger member of their family and a positive role model for their children. Crossroads helps women take this step forward in remembering who they wanted to be and accessing the help they need for addiction recovery.
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