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Gender-Specific Treatment Programs with Royal Life Centers at Chapter 5

As with most things, substance use disorders can affect men and women differently. Recognizing the need for gender-specific treatment, addiction treatment centers in Arizona offer men-only and women-only rehab programs that treat the medical and emotional needs of either gender.

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What Is Gender-Specific Treatment?

Gender-specific treatment is treatment that provides separate care for either gender during drug and alcohol rehab. Female programs tailor treatment to the recovery process of women and includes group therapy with other women, discussions that pertain to the female gender, and female-only residential housing for the duration of treatment. Similarly, treatment for male guests is customized to benefit the recovery process for men as they participate in group therapy with other men, review male-related topics, and reside in male-only on-site housing throughout their time in treatment.

Male-only or female-only treatment programs are an alternative option to co-ed addiction treatment programs (that include both men and women). However, unlike co-ed programs, gender-specific treatment focuses on topics that relate specifically to the experiences found in either gender. Our men-only and woman-only programs offer an empathetic and supportive environment to  discuss the unique factors that contribute to substance use for either gender.

What Role Does Gender Play In Addiction?

The stark contrast of male and female roles in society shapes the way men and women abuse substances. In fact, gender impacts an individual’s addiction at every level, starting with first-use and continuing into the long-term effects. As a result, substance abuse presents differently between the two genders— women tend to initiate drug and alcohol use later on in life than men but develop a dependence at a much faster rate. Additionally, the factors that influence the first use of a substance differ in men and women. For women, reports of initiation commonly occurred within a sexual or interpersonal relationship. Alternatively, men report self-experimentation or peer-influence as the influencing factor behind their initial use.

The differences in gender extend into the health consequences of substance use. For instance, gender has shown to affect the effects of long-term binge drinking, including morbidity, mortality, and suicidality. Similarly, studies have identified gender-related trends in the development of cancer, cardiovascular disorders, liver disorders, and brain and neurocognitive implications as a result of alcohol use disorder and binge drinking.

Why Choose A Gender-Specific Treatment Program?

In short, a gender-specific treatment program removes the distractions that may occur in co-ed programs. For example, it prevents the formation of unhealthy relationships that occur when guests of the opposite gender cohabitate in inpatient. This period of separation also helps guests feel safe and comfortable, especially when opening up about sensitive topics. In addition, men’s and women’s programs can assist guest’s in building genuine connections with other guest’s in a relaxed environment. Likewise, men-only and women-only groups can identify and relate to common trends found within gender-specific experiences.

Benefits of Men-Only or Female-Only Drug/Alcohol Treatment Programs:

  • Minimizes gender-related distractions
  • Open discussions on gender-specific struggles
  • Protects against codependent relationships
  • Eliminates the possibility of male emotional dependency / female emotional dependency with peers during treatment

While in therapy at a gender-specific treatment center, the groups operate without the distraction of the opposite sex. As a result, our programs minimize the threat of guests developing co-dependent relationships during inpatient treatment. The separate groups also remove the ability to form male or female emotional dependency in female-male relationships.

During male-only and female-only groups, therapists facilitate conversations that organically guide groups through hard-to-broach topics. In gender-specific therapy, guests discuss relationships and the consequences of drinking and drug abuse. These topics include impaired driving, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.

Our Gender-Specific Treatment Programs

Royal Life Centers at Chapter 5 is our men-only inpatient treatment facility in Prescott, Arizona. Female guests receive residential treatment at our women-only facility, Seaglass Recovery, also located in Prescott, Arizona. We find it beneficial to pay close attention to the role gender plays in addiction. For this reason, starting November 1st 2021, Royal Life Centers will begin providing separate living quarters for females and males. Following this change, male and female guests will be housed on separate campuses while attending separate groups and therapies. In doing so, our methodized care incorporates the cultural, demographic, and historical contexts that influence either gender. To reiterate, our residential treatment programs in Prescott, Arizona house female guests at our female-only residential facility, Seaglass Recovery. Likewise, male guests entering our inpatient programs live at the male-only location, Chapter 5. In offering separate living arrangements for males and females, Royal Life Centers at Chapter 5 is able to narrow our medical and therapeutic methods and techniques to treat the gender-specific factors that contribute to substance abuse. In these groups, we apply research-based education for addiction, discussing the implications gender has on the prevalence, predictors, and consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. For instance, in male group sessions, we discuss topics such as hypermasculinity and toxic masculinity and their role in male’s with alcohol and drug addiction. In the case of female groups, we ruminate over the impacts of hyperfemininity and perfectionism on women with substance use disorders. Royal Life Centers at Chapter 5 invests in understanding how gender norms shape the lives of men and women suffering with substance abuse. We include gender and power analysis across our programs to ensure we provide context-informed treatment strategies to address the gender-related conflicts that contribute to addiction. If you’re ready to make that change, or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us today. Our admissions team is always available to answer any questions you may have, 24/7. Call us now at 888-534-9140.

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