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Drug Rehab for Women

Written on: June 29th, 2009 By:

Drug Rehab for Women

Women are emotionally and physically different than men. While this may seem rather obvious, it’s often overlooked when it comes to treating women for alcoholism and drug addiction. A woman tends to put the needs and wants of others before her own, which may lead her to turn to alcohol or drugs for relief, escape or as a substitute for the basics of self-care. Her experience in attempting to get sober will also be different than a man’s. For this reason, drug rehab for women is an important consideration to make when seeking professional help.

Women process drugs and alcohol differently than men because their bodies have less water and more fatty tissue. Toxins are stored in fatty tissues which means they have a higher presence in a woman’s body and it takes longer to process them out. This puts women who abuse alcohol or drugs at a greater risk than men for substance-related health problems. Less body water, higher fat deposits and different digestive enzymes account for rapid elevation in blood alcohol levels among women. As a result, cirrhosis of the liver, brain damage and cancers develop at the same rates in female alcoholics compared with men who drink twice as much.

A woman who is in the grips of alcoholism or drug addiction is also more likely to enter into and excuse an abusive relationship, be the victim of sexual violence or assault or unknowingly harm her unborn child. Alcohol can harm a baby in the womb even before the mother knows she is pregnant. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a set of physical and mental defects that a baby may suffer from being exposed to alcohol in the womb. These defects may include brain damage, facial deformities and growth defects. There is no consumption of alcohol that has been proven to be safe for unborn babies. Women also tend toward depression more than men and this is markedly increased when alcohol or drugs are introduced. These are just a few of the factors a good drug rehab for women will consider.

SouthCoast Recovery’s drug rehab offers gender-specific housing for women as well as a specialized depression program that parallels our drug and alcohol treatment program. The term for women who suffers from both substance abuse and an underlying mood disorder, such as depression or anxiety, is dual diagnoses or co-occurring disorders. Studies show that women have higher suicide attempts but men are more successful. Our clinical therapist has over 44 years addressing depression, psychological trauma and other underlying issues contributing to alcoholism, drug addiction and other self-destructive behaviors. Working together with female and professional staff members, we provide a safe environment to process and work through emotional issues.

Women are also more influenced by the aesthetics of their environment. SouthCoast Recovery offers drug rehab for women in the scenic harbor town of Dana Point, California, with holistic care and therapies to help encourage the body’s own innate power to heal. These therapies include personalized acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage, meditation, yoga, visualization and hypnotherapy. Our holistic approach to wellness complements traditional clinical care within a 12-step recovery model for a complete approach to mind, body and spirit renewal. At SouthCoast Recovery, we offer drug rehab services specifically tailored to each woman’s own unique needs and goals. This is a place you can stop focusing on everyone else and simply focus on you. For more information on how we can help you or a loved one overcome alcoholism and drug addiction, call and speak with one of our intake coordinators today. We offer 30, 60, 90 day and 6 month alcohol treatment and drug rehab for women.


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