Hawaii Island Recovery, located on the Big Island, offers gender-specific rehab programs for women and men. To learn more, call us today at (866) 390-5070.
Although women and men both have similar needs while in rehab for drug addiction, there are some differences in the needs of women versus those of men. Women’s rehab at Hawaii Island Recovery is designed to meet the unique needs of females struggling with addiction and mental health disorders.
Basic Requirements of Women’s Rehab
Quality women’s rehab programs work to address the specific needs women have while in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) and addiction. Women experience specific substance abuse patterns, and there are certain addiction risk factors that women experience that men don’t. Therefore, a quality and holistic women’s rehab program will address these unique factors and needs that women have and work with individuals to lower their risk of relapse.
What Does a Women’s Rehab Program Involve?
Women’s rehab must meet a patient’s basic requirements and needs in order for treatment to be effective and sustainable. At Hawaii Island Recovery, our women’s rehab program understands the following:
- Unique health needs of women
- Socioeconomic differences in women versus men and the role they play in addiction and recovery, such as lower incomes and discrimination
- Cultural needs of women
- Family roles of women
- Expectations that society places on women, such as perfection, caregiving, and having everything together all of the time
- Importance of treating past trauma
- Patterns of how women begin abusing substances
Although there are many reasons why women may begin abusing drugs or alcohol, the biggest risk factors for females are stress, low self-esteem, and toxic relationships. Unfortunately, these factors often feed off one another, causing each one to layer on top of the other. Experiencing chronic stress, low self-esteem, and unhealthy relationships can lead to anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, which can push a person to substance use in order to cope with these problems.
Additionally, in many cases of SUD, a close loved one may introduce women to drugs or alcohol. This may be a boyfriend, friend, or family member – especially if substance use and abuse tend to be present in the family environment. For example, if an individual’s parent abuses substances, they are often more likely to be abusing substances as well. If females live in abusive, chaotic, or violent households, they may also feel more inclined to turn to substance use to help them to cope.
Women who abuse substances may have partners who use them as well, which can lead to developing SUD to connect with their partner, to cope with the stress of their loved one using, or because they feel pressured to.
Experiences of trauma and mental health issues may affect a woman’s sobriety as well. For example, mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to using substances to cope with the mental health symptoms. Past trauma can also lead to substance use and addiction. Common types of trauma impacting women may include childhood abuse, sexual abuse, or domestic violence.
Women’s Health and Addiction
Women with substance abuse problems tend to also suffer from serious health implications. For example, when women develop SUDs, it can happen at a faster rate than it does for men. This is because women’s bodies respond to substances differently than men’s, leading to more rapid health complications and addiction than for men.
Common health problems that women struggling with addiction may experience include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart and liver disease
- Breast cancer
- Brain damage
- Reproduction problems
Women are also more likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other infections. If a woman happens to be pregnant at the time of substance abuse, they also risk complications for not only themselves but the child as well.
Women’s Rehab at Hawaii Island Recovery
Hawaii Island Recovery provides comprehensive, holistic, and evidence-based women’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Our programs at Hawaii Island Recovery include:
- Residential treatment
- Evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Trauma-informed therapy, including EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing)
- Dual diagnosis treatment to treat addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression
- Individual and group therapies
- Holistic treatment methods
- Experiential and cultural programming
- Separate spaces for men and women to reside and complete treatment in
If you or a loved one is ready to end drug or alcohol addiction for the chance of a more fulfilling life, Hawaii Island Recovery has the programs you need. Not only will you be on the path to healing, recovery, and holistic wellness, but you will also be participating in a drug rehab on the Big Island of Hawaii where you are surrounded by the abundant nature and ancient culture of Hawaii that leads to a unique kind of healing of its own. Our team at Hawaii Island Recovery is here to meet you where you are and support you as you heal from the inside out.
Substance use recovery is challenging if rehab programs do not address some of the issues that women experience differently from men. This is why it’s important to find a program that specializes in rehab that focuses on the unique needs of women and men. At Hawaii Island Recovery, we understand the differences between substance use disorder in women and men and have different rehab programs to support both in the journey to recovery. To learn more about how you can begin treatment with Hawaii Island Recovery, located on the Big Island, call us today at (866) 390-5070.