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Gender-Specific Tracks for Addiction RecoveryAddiction treatment tracks that address the unique needs of women and men separately can offer more effective therapies for some Tennessee residents.

Gender-Specific Recovery for Tennessee Residents

Men and women do equally well in addiction treatment programs, according to an article titled Gender and Use of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). For many Tennessee residents a cost-effective option is to seek treatment in a mixed-gender facility that offers special programs.

Several treatment tracks offer beneficial support. For example, subgroups can be created that match groups of women with a female therapist or match groups of sexual abuse survivors with a team of male and female therapists.

Treatment programs that recognize the gender differences for important risk factors can create better therapy tracks for Tennessee patients. The following factors vary by gender and play an important role in treatment success, according to the NIAAA research:

  • Income
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Types of substances used
  • Psychiatric disorders and symptoms
  • Marital status
  • Self-efficacy
  • History of sexual abuse
  • Children in the home

Women are more likely to have lower incomes, making it harder for them to afford treatment. Family issues also play a bigger role for women, who are more likely to have child care responsibilities.

Women and Addiction Recovery

When it comes to finding addiction treatment, women may find it more difficult than men to afford a program and find time to attend the program, according to the NIAAA research.

Women who complete a treatment program are more likely to stay sober. There are several factors that encourage women to stay in a program, including the following, according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • Supportive therapy
  • A collaborative therapeutic alliance
  • Onsite childcare and children’s services
  • Other integrated and comprehensive treatment services, such as transportation and other forms of social support

In addition, women benefit from services that help them meet the full range of daily responsibilities, both in and out of treatment. Tennessee residents should weigh these benefits and concerns as they choose a treatment program.

Men and Addiction Recovery

Men are more likely to develop a substance abuse problem than women; however, when women develop a problem they suffer more health problems and lose control more quickly, according to NIAAA research.

While women suffer from more emotional problems due to substance abuse, men suffer more social problems, according to SAMHSA. Men are more likely to be incarcerated, have trouble finding a job, and have trouble developing a social support system.

Men benefit from gender-based tracks that help them identify the emotional side of substance abuse problems and develop a long-term support network for when they return home to Tennessee.

Need Help Finding Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment?

Women and men have different needs when it comes to support services during addiction treatment. If you or a loved one in Tennessee is suffering with an addiction, do not wait to get help. Our addiction coordinators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer help and advice. Call us today and get started on the path to a better life.