Gender-specific and separate treatment is imperative to the care and recovery of women.
While women’s progression into the depths of addiction tends to happen more quickly than men, they equally tend to relapse for different reasons as well. DreamLife Recovery is acutely aware of the sensitive issues that arise when women enter into treatment: eating disorders, trauma, and abuse, love/sex addiction, relationship issues, parenting/mothering issues, amongst others. Women also have a higher likelihood of having an underlying co-morbid, co-occurring mental health diagnosis, such as a mood disorder. We offer many different treatment options for women that are specifically designed for their recovery struggles.
Our team of caring, compassionate staff is dedicated to ensuring all women are set up to live their best life in recovery.
Two of the most well-known eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Both of these are stressors that might lead to someone developing an addiction disorder. Other eating disorders can also coax someone alone the line to developing an addiction disorder as well as an eating disorder.
Traumas of different types are very common in female victims of addiction. Sometimes these traumas directly result in the addiction, sometimes they are a stressor that encourages the slide to addiction, and in other women, the trauma intensifies the addiction. While trauma is not exclusive to women, some trauma is generally more severe in women. Other traumas are more likely to occur in women.
Abuse is not exclusive to women. However, all groups react differently to the same events. Some abusive situations are different for women than they are for men. Police, emergency personnel, and the community can all act negatively to a woman who is suffering/ has suffered abuse whether at the hands of their spouse, family member, or another person. Women often internalize the pain and suffer in silence. Many women tend to turn to alcohol and other substance to numb the pain of abuse and even the judgment they may feel that is surrounding them.
That is not to say that men do not have similar reactions when they are in abusive domestic situations. However, women are often much better at hiding the bruises and scratches with makeup and clothing. Most people do not suspect a man with a bruise to be a victim, it can often be attributed to sports or working in the yard.
Sometimes love/sex addictions occur in both men and women. This is one of the reasons that men and women are separated during treatment. We realize that this does not always stop people from bonding in a way that they are not ready for yet, it does help in many instances. It is not healthy or advisable for someone to start a relationship during treatment. This does not mean that already established relationships like marriage are going to be detrimental to treatment. We at, DreamLife Recovery provide family counseling that does include the married couple or significant other.
Sex addiction, however, is an addiction that causes someone to pursue sexual gratification, even at a high cost. A sex addict will often jeopardize their relationship with their significant other, family, close friends, and peers for sex. Sex addiction is a valid diagnosis. There is a stigma around sex addiction that is similar to the stigma around other addictions. Besides people simply thinking that it is a matter of self-control many people think that sex addiction is just an excuse for a person to follow their sexual desire with complete disregard to others. This is not true. Sex addiction is a valid addiction.
Women are usually the main, if not the sole caretaker of children. Children of all ages are major stressors. Infants are incredibly stressful because they require so much care around the clock. Children can often be stressors even before they are born.
That is not to say that children are not a blessing, in fact, sometimes children are the reason that someone chooses to start their recovery journey.
Pregnancy can cause many women with a lot of stress. Some of this stress can start from romantic partners, parents, family, and other support figures who sometimes abandon a woman who becomes pregnant. Many times, it can be hard to find an organization that will help a pregnant woman because they may be underfunded, poorly advertised, or otherwise not supported properly.
Child-rearing can also be very isolating. Sometimes mothers have no friends who are also mothers. This can mean that they have no friends that they can go to for advice and/or empathy.
When a child is very young, they are in their early learning phase the responsibility of child-rearing can be extremely demanding. The pressure of trying to be ‘the perfect mother’ can be overwhelming. Social media often makes this problem bigger. There are often people posting all over social media how they have made their family home-cooked breakfast, packed lunch, and then made dinner after and before working a 40-hour work week and keeping the house clean.
Many women cannot keep up with this and the pressure to at least look like a super mother can be huge. This problem is also compounded by how many women post over Facebook and Instagram with pictures making them out to look like one of these super moms. This makes other moms feel like they are complete failures and they tend to post only their accomplishments which then feeds into the cycle.
The stress of child-rearing does not cease at the end of childhood. Teenagers can also cause stress, and for some women, they create more stress as teenagers than they ever did as young children. Many parents fear that their children will start drinking and doing drugs like them. Other times women can fall into addiction because their children become addicted and they end up going down the same path.
There is also a huge culture of drinking wine for women. The term “wine drunk” and many novelty t-shirts, pillows, glasses, and other things promote drinking wine in particular. Wine is also seen as a more feminine drink that is more refined than whiskey or beer. This means that without the proper sobriety skills a self-start recovery might not work and might put you to the point where you need residential treatment. IOP treatment is intended for people who have never tried a course of recovery whether it has been a mail-order regime or a different professional treatment center than ours.
Simply trying to quit on your own does not bar you from our IOP program. In fact, for many reasons, our intensive outpatient program may be perfect for someone who was not successful in trying to quit alone, or in previous addiction treatment facilities.
Co-occurring or dual diagnosis is more common in women than in men. Co-occurring disorders are when mental health disorders, like but not limited to PTSD, bipolar, depression, and anxiety occur together with an addiction disorder. When these disorders are diagnosed the medical term is a dual diagnosis.
At DreamLife Recovery, we are here to help you on your recovery journey. Our women’s only facility has all of the same amenities as the men’s. This includes:
For more information, please fill out our contact us form or call us at (844) 402-3592. Let us help you achieve the life you’ve always dreamed of.