Substance use disorders affect men and women differently. We have learned that gender identity, and the societal roles we learn to adhere to as we develop, play a significant role in the disease and recovery processes. Identifying and overcoming stereotypes, as well as learning to be who you are in recovery is key to long-term success.
Men’s Treatment Path
Men struggling with substance use disorder experience guardedness rooted in ego, pride and anger. Gender-specialized services allow you to address obstacles to healthy connection with self, others, and meaningful life that are rooted in distorted beliefs about what it means to be a man. Services such as the men’s trauma group offer you the opportunity to connect with other men facing the same challenges.
Women’s Treatment Path
Women struggling with substance use disorder experience shame and guilt in relationship with the societal expectations of perfection and appearance. Women’s workshops and gender-specialized services focused on resolving trauma and developing positive peer supports. Research shows that the treatment outcomes for women are highly correlated with their ability to find positive connections with other women in recovery. Group discussion and activities led by women-identifying counselors create an environment where you’re most comfortable healing.