Treatment is not going to help everyone in the same way. For some, it may take a few times before they feel they can really move on from addiction. Women use substances for different reasons than men and need different care.
The structure of women’s rehab is different to serve their individual needs and support their healing journey in recovery. When loved ones understand the differences, they begin to realize why women’s treatment programs are necessary to help a woman feel more at ease sharing her difficult experiences with addiction with others.
Women who use substances experience losses that nobody can truly imagine. The impact on a woman’s health and life are different than a man.
They will experience issues with childcare in some cases, barriers to education, and needing treatment for a history of sexual abuse or trauma. Mental health support and substance use treatment should be offered that help women get healing from their past traumas.
Feeling of Safety
Many people don’t realize the feeling of safety that being violated, harmed, or traumatized does to a person. Women with addiction to drugs due to past abuse or violence don’t always fit in a traditional recovery program.
They require trauma-informed support and a safe space to be vulnerable sharing their history and story. This sense of safety is important so they can talk about issues that may have been perpetrated by other men and not feel triggered by being in a co-ed group.
A women’s-only addiction program provides support in a unique way. The women can gather around one another and offer something men cannot.
A camaraderie of shared experience and community can be crucial to the process of recovery. Nurturing environments don’t just happen. They are created because other women come around each other and share their perspectives and points of view with one another.
The best support for women comes from trauma-informed therapy. They target unique issues women face with work, family, and their personal lives.
Rehab facilities are equipped and ready to address these issues in a way that helps them discover who they are and what they need in order to move forward. It may take lots of different therapies like group, individual, and other ones to provide support.
Holistic options might be part of the process, as well as aftercare and sober living programs. All of it can be offered as a way to help and support a woman in treatment.
Looking into Treatment
Treatment programs that look at the whole person take into account them finding support for things that matter. This means employment, family, work-life, and more. While there may be obstacles to look out for, there is hope for women in treatment who can find trauma-informed care that revolves around their needs in a spiritual, physical, and emotional way.
Women with a history of abuse may struggle with low self-esteem or traumatic histories, which puts them at higher risk of relapse. There may be process addictions, substance abuse, and opioid addictions, to name a few.
Multiple addictions are not uncommon for men and women, but women tend to be better at hiding their challenges. They feel they need to put on brave faces to the world and not show vulnerability. Women-only treatment programs tend to allow them space to let their guard down long enough to find healing.
Doubt and Uncertainty
Recovery is not an easy road. It is not perfect, in fact, it is filled with lots of pitfalls and ups and downs. It can lead to feeling insecure and frustrated, wanting goals to be met that just haven’t been yet. Recovery is about finding people who understand.
A community of supporters who offer more positive treatment results with their programs. Friends and sober companions who journey alongside for the deeper work required.
There are no guarantees that relapse won’t happen. There’s no guarantee a person will stay sober and clean for weeks, months, even years before they slip.
Life brings stress, frustration, pain, loss, grief, death, and lots of other difficult triggering events. It also brings joy, highs from momentous occasions, pride, and accomplishment in doing what nobody said could be done. Women’s treatment programs provide safe spaces for women to access the treatment they need without having to explain everything to the people there. There is a ‘knowing’ among women that don’t always need explanation.
Part of the healing journey with women is not having to tell them everything with them already getting it or knowing what it means. They may have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, and other things that help them see that perspective differently than a man would.
Female staff are more likely to be compassionate and understanding in the way a woman needs because they have spent so much time working with women who need that type of help. When women get help from other women, they begin to rise and shine brighter than ever thought possible.
Treatment is a great way to start the journey of healing. A woman need only take the first steps to get started.
Casa Capri is designed for women who are struggling with addiction to find hope and a purpose. We provide a holistic treatment model that helps women be vulnerable in a small, intimate community with other women looking to heal. Our therapists are trained to support trauma-informed care and nutrition is a key part of our recovery model. If you are looking for community and connection in rehab, call Casa Capri today: 844-593-8020
Melissa Holmes Goodmon is the founder and CEO of Casa Capri Recovery, a leading California addiction treatment center created just for women—by women. Melissa is a licensed clinician and has stayed on the cutting edge of women’s treatment since 2006. Because of her own beautiful recovery story, she is proud to be among a small group of trailblazers since founding Casa Capri Recovery for Women in 2011, leading the way for other women to join them in this otherwise male-dominated industry. She is considered an advocate for the recovery community in the truest sense, standing up to discrimination and legally fighting for the rights of sober people in recovery to live in peace. To learn more about advocacy or if you’ve experienced discrimination, you can reach her at email@example.com. Check out casacaprirecovery.com for more information on our program, or please give us a call at 844-207-4880.