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Gender Specific Treatment for Substance Use

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Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment in Orange County

Miramar Recovery’s addiction treatment center offers a gender-specific addiction treatment in Newport Beach. Gender-specific treatment can be essential for those who are participating in an addiction treatment program. 

The differences between men and women are distinct, both physically and psychologically. Their struggle with substance abuse will affect them in different ways. For men and women to receive the best form of treatment, it will need to be designed with their gender in mind. 

The differences between men and women affect the rate of their dependence, what type of substance they choose to use, and how their brains respond to substance abuse. Before studies in the 1970s proved that men and women reacted differently to alcohol and drug addiction, treatment facilities were more engineered towards men. Research shows that the different biological and cultural factors of gender will influence the type of treatment they need.

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Individualized Gender-Specific Rehab Programs

At our rehab center in Newport Beach, California, we offer individualized programs and services that are tailored to men and women. Our gender-specific treatment programs for substance use offer our male and female clients the opportunity to receive the best care possible. Miramar Recovery understands that men and women are different, both physically and psychologically. The best form of treatment for one will not be the same for the other. 

Our treatment programs will provide long term recovery and teach life skills to help our patients after they leave our care. We believe that by offering a gender-specialized rehab, we help our male and female patients create a lasting foundation for a life free from alcohol and drugs

Men & Women

Studies show that men are more likely to use illicit drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, and develop alcoholism. Women, on the other hand, tend to struggle more with abusing prescription medication. Men will usually take longer to enter into a rehab facility, whereas women will seek treatment more quickly. However, this could be because women are known to have a co-occurring disorder that involves depression or anxiety. 

Gender is also a factor in identifying a substance abuse problem. Identification is known as the first step towards recovery. How an addiction problem is detected will differ in a man and a woman. When a man is struggling with substance abuse the physical and psychological signs that will be showing include:

  • Uncontrollable anger
  • Lack of control
  • Acts of violence
  • Eating disorders
  • An issue with body image

Women can share these signs of abuse, but it is often to a lesser degree than men. Women tend to struggle more with depression and anxiety, which is why they turn to drugs and alcohol. 

Studies reveal that women will turn to substance abuse for reasons such as:

  • The desire to control weight
  • Fighting exhaustion
  • Dealing with pain
  • Self-treat / medicate mental health issues.

Women will often start on a lower dose than men; despite this, they will develop an addiction at a faster rate. Addiction is harder for women to overcome, as they struggle more with cravings and relapse more often than men. Women are also more likely to overdose from drugs or go to the emergency room for a drug-related issue. 

Both men and women struggle with substance abuse in unique ways. It is because of this that gender specialization is so essential in addiction treatment. Neither treatment is better than the other; rather, they are made to address the unique attributes of both males and females.

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Men Specific-Treatment

Men can sometimes struggle in rehab treatment centers; they have specific needs that usually coincide with the masculine roles that society has placed on them. With men, there is a fear of being judged if they choose to enter into a rehabilitation program. They don’t want to be perceived as weak for being unable to quit on their own. 

A gender-specific rehab environment will help men to feel more comfortable and accepted while at the same time feel less self-conscious about their worth as a man. Studies show that men often take longer to open up about their struggles than women do.

Women Specific-Treatment

Women are able to enter treatment more easily than men. However, a lot of women started abusing drugs and alcohol because of physical and sexual abuse. This can make it uncomfortable for them to receive treatment or share these experiences with males. 

Women undergoing treatment can face a number of hurdles such as:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Hormonal changes
  • Lack of support and stigma
  • Child care and pregnancy issues
  • Unidentified addiction to relationships or sex


By participating in gender-specific treatment, they can be comfortable around other women and feel safe in their environment. Women have an easier time opening up to each other in group therapy. They can discuss things such as the workplace, motherhood, relationships, and loved ones. A gender-specific environment provides the best place for a woman to receive treatment.

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Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment

As mentioned, men and women tend to misuse different substances. In addition, they often have different goals and expectation regarding treatment for substance abuse.

The following are some of the benefits of participating in gender-specific treatment programs:

  • Fewer distractions
  • Relate with other patients
  • Comfort
  • More time spent talking about gender-related issues.
  • Specialized treatment towards specific emotional, physical, and psychological issues.
  • Reduced sexual tension
  • Supportive therapy groups.

Our Newport Beach addiction treatment center is a place where both men and women can receive specialized care. Gender-specific treatment programs will give a sense of safety and comfort that our patients wouldn’t otherwise have. We believe an environment that nurtures the particular emotions and issues of each man and women offers the best chance of recovery.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call our Newport Beach recovery today. Our team is ready to help you and answer any questions you may have. Begin the work to achieve an addiction-free life at Miramar Recovery.

Call us to get started–(949) 649-7264.

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