Gender Specific Treatment
Why Gender-Specific and Gender-Separate
Pacific Hills treatment programs are based on recommendations from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIDA recognizes the different needs of men and women in the treatment of addictions. Programs should be designed specifically for each gender, with therapy and counseling differing accordingly. True to our commitment to individualization, we address the different biological, emotional, spiritual and psychological aspects that men and women may face.
At Pacific Hills, treatment programs are designed to address the specialized needs of men and women, taking into consideration the way gender differences can affect individuals’ addictions and related behaviors. These differences can impact relationships and living situations, and we know the importance of taking differing approaches for men and women. We know, for instance, that women may be less likely to be supported for seeking treatment for their drug and alcohol addictions, and more likely than men to face resistance. Women can be made to feel guilty for or ashamed of their problems, and may even be more likely to suffer from depression and feelings of low self-worth. Thus, our programs aim to build up women to be stronger and feel greater self-esteem. On the men’s side, programs emphasize the need for individual solutions and attention.
Beyond having separate program approaches for men and women, or being gender specific, the programs at Pacific Hills are gender separate; that is, we keep the men and women separated in their living facilities and treatment opportunities. This allows a freer atmosphere without fear of uncomfortable gender tensions or inappropriate advances that are all too frequent when men and women are living together. The separation of genders leaves men and women more liberated to be able to focus on the task at hand, which is overcoming an addiction, rather than also needing to worry about gender relationships.
There is no shame in getting help for your addiction, and the process does not have to be daunting. Whether you are a man or a woman, we are ready to help. Please call today to find about our drug and alcohol rehab programs and how we can specifically address your needs as a man or a woman. A helpful counselor can talk to you about gender specific and gender separate programs so that you can quickly determine which options might be best for you and you can quickly get on your way to a clean lifestyle.