It is no surprise that men and women will have different needs in recovery. Likewise, specific issues and treatment requirements are essential to achieving and maintaining long-term recovery for women who suffer from substance use disorders. By joining other women, you’ll uncover similar stories while learning to interact with others and building and maintaining healthy relationships.
Studies show that women experience an accelerated progression in the use of opioids, marijuana, and alcohol and that certain social and biological factors play a role in substance use disorders.
These social factors may include:
- Peer pressure
- Family relationships
- Child care responsibilities
- Low self esteem
The biological factors may include:
- Body composition
- Menstrual cycle
Creating a safe space is an essential part of recovery.
For women with a substance use disorder, gender-specific group therapy creates a space to open and explore their emotions together. Sharing experiences in a group facilitated by a clinically trained expert is a safe way to have your experiences validated. Participating in a structured group lets you build trust with individuals who may have experienced trauma like yours and gives you a support network to call on when difficult times arise.
Women are the greatest allies to other women in recovery.
Women face different challenges than men in recovery. In many cases, women with a substance use disorder will also have a co-occurring disorder, such as trauma. By sharing personal experiences, women can relate to those with similar stories; this creates a healing space as women feel like they are not alone.
Connecting with and learning from one another is the foundation for lasting sobriety.
For women in recovery, living with authenticity and purpose also involves connection. The relationships we create in recovery provide lasting inspiration, encouragement, and support. In treatment with other women, you can share a wide range of experiences, good or bad. Being open and authentic with other women will help you build community. You’re also learning what healthy relationships should look like following your treatment program.