Drug addiction is a treatable disease. While it’s true that someone in the depths of addiction may do anything to get another hit, that person can rise above addiction and live a sober life.
While it’s common for society to portray someone who uses drugs as being damaged or disturbed, addiction isn’t always a choice. Addiction itself is overwhelming and isn’t something the person can control.
Drugs change the brain and body’s chemistry from the first time they’re used. When a person uses drugs, the body starts to become tolerant to the introduction of the substance. Over time, this tolerance leads to dependency, and the body can’t function correctly without a dose of the drug.
As this continues to snowball, the individual becomes addicted to drugs and is unable to achieve a high with the same doses, forcing her to take higher doses to achieve the same euphoric feelings as in the past.
Addiction can be a lifelong battle, but by going to a women’s rehab center, women can feel more in control and feel better able to express themselves around others who deal with the same problems in life.
A women’s rehabilitation center focuses on women’s needs above all else. These centers do not allow men to enroll, allowing women to feel safe in their environments. Many women who choose to come to these rehabilitation centers have a background involving abuse or fear of men, but not all do. Some simply find it more comfortable to be with other women when recovering from drug or alcohol abuse.
Some topics women may want to talk about include:
Of course, there are many others. Focusing on these topics is important for anyone, but women may better understand how their own bodies react to these topics in particular.
Women’s rehabilitation centers may be inpatient facilities or outpatient facilities. Inpatient facilities are used most often because they allow patients to live in the center and receive 24-hour care. However, those with less severe addictions can go to outpatient clinics. These clinics still allow women to speak with other women and get the same treatments offered in an inpatient facility, except they are able to leave and return to their normal daily activities following each treatment session.
The point of women-only rehab is to allow women to find the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical support they need among their same gender. Some women may feel uncomfortable to talk about issues like giving birth, hormonal changes, or other things around men, so having a community of women is beneficial.
Private therapy centers for women give them the chance to get away from their lives and live in an inpatient facility away from men. Many women in these programs suffer from sensitive issues they may not be comfortable sharing in a co-ed environment. These issues are typically specific to women and can be more freely discussed in an all-female environment.
Patients need to be comfortable in their environments in order to talk freely about their concerns and needs. Once a person is comfortable, she can begin to really heal and address the concerns common among females.
Some treatment facilities may be outpatient based, allowing women to come together in women-only 12-step programs or other therapy types.
Women’s rehabilitation centers often focus on detoxification with medically supervised detox.
Detoxification is the removal of toxic substances, like drugs, from the body. Detoxification takes place over several days or weeks depending on the drug and must be completed before a patient can move on to rehabilitation with others. However, rehabilitation services can still be provided during detox for the patient if she is ready.
Medications are offered at women’s rehabilitation centers to help with many things. If a person, for instance, has bipolar disorder and addiction, medications may be tried that could help balance the woman’s moods.
Those who struggle with pain from withdrawal or ongoing cravings can also be given medications to help them balance their hormones and reduce pain in the body so they can focus on recovery.
Alternative therapies include things like animal-assisted therapy (AAT), art therapy, and music therapy. These kinds of therapies can be helpful in calming the body and mind, providing access to a new hobby, and teaching a person to learn new coping mechanisms.
Holistic therapies, which include things like yoga, massage therapy, and acupuncture, are therapies that are meant to heal the person as a whole. The body, mind, and spirit are all addressed. Yoga can be performed in many ways, from positions meant to build strength to relaxation therapies that calm the mind. Massage therapy reduces anxiety and tension, while acupuncture can increase blood flow and circulation.
Therapeutic communities are essentially communities of like-minded people. For instance, if you go to a women’s rehab center, then all of the community will be women and work with women.
Therapeutic communities can also be rooms, like dormitories, that are shared by women in the same treatment program. Following treatment, these women may consider halfway houses or sober-living communities as well.
In therapeutic communities, the idea is that women can make new friends, support one another, and find common interests so they can do more than just focus on recovery. They can create bonds and enjoy a friendship that can make the inpatient or outpatient program easier over time.
Finding a women’s rehabilitation center can be the first step toward your recovery. Our helpful specialists can take your call at 866-200-3224. With the right treatment and support, you can be confident that you’re being cared for in a secure and helpful environment. Working with women like yourself, you can find the community support you’ve been desiring in your life.