Women’s Detox

Women’s Drug Detox Program

If you are a woman dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, a women’s detox program can help you lead a more productive and healthy life. A women’s detox program not only treats addiction but treats common medical problems that women experience such as anxiety disorders and postpartum depression. Professionals at a women’s detox center can also help women with social issues including self-esteem issues. Read on to learn more about how women-centered detox programs can help women recover from addiction.

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Why Choose a Women’s Only Detox Center?

Traditionally, drug and alcohol detox programs were geared towards men or conducted in co-ed settings. While these programs can be effective in supporting recovery, there are unique circumstances and health issues that may not be fully addressed for women’s care.

A women’s drug detox center focuses on whole-person treatment that addresses specific areas such as body image and eating disorders, life-fulfillment, and reproductive health.

While many of these areas can affect people of all genders, there are conditions that affect women the most when dealing with addiction:

Women with a history of addiction may also struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that may arise after experiencing or witnessing traumatic events such as abuse, natural disasters, or near-death experiences.

Post-Partum Depression

Post-partum depression can also be a trigger for addictive behaviors. Due to significant physical, behavioral, and lifestyle changes, new mothers may experience symptoms of depression and show little interest in the well-being of their children.

Mental Health

Social anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder are among the most common mood and anxiety disorders associated with addiction in women. These disorders may inspire individuals to turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to “self-medicate” from the symptoms of their disorder.

Women’s Societal Pressures

Societal pressures to have a certain body type or appearance can trigger self-esteem issues or disordered eating patterns that can lead to other addictive behaviors.

A women’s detox center will often have resources to better address issues like these compared to a co-ed center.

What to Expect From a Women’s Detox Program?

In a women’s detox program, each client works with a medical and psychiatric team to create an individualized plan for their recovery.

The initial step of a treatment program is detoxification from a drug or alcohol – this process is medically-assisted with medications and therapy to reduce the side effects of drug withdrawal. Common side effects may include severe mood changes, hallucinations, shakiness, seizures, flu-like symptoms, nausea, and sweating.

As recovery continues, treatment focuses on co-occurring disorders and issues that are tied to addiction. Certain medical issues may require treatment in an addiction recovery program.

Addiction treatment programs for pregnant women typically address maternal nutrition, behaviors to support the health of the fetus, and domestic violence.

Women with drug-related infectious diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV can also get medical and social support during treatment.

For women with eating disorders and body image issues, a combination of therapy, medical management, and nutrition education is available to support recovery.

Overall, a women’s detox uses a combination of therapies, social support, medical interventions, and social support to encourage recovery. Together, these methods are meant to help you develop strategies for maintaining abstinence from substances and increase satisfaction with your life.

Overcoming Barriers on the Journey to Recovery

Recovery from alcohol and drug addiction can be more difficult for women compared to men, for a number of biological and sociological reasons.3,4 To combat some of the barriers to receiving proper care for recovery, many women’s detox centers offer additional support to their clients.

Due to the stigma behind being considered an “addict,” it can be difficult for some women to receive social support from family and friends. In a women’s drug and alcohol rehab, women have a professional relationship with a therapist and have regular access to support groups.

Drug and alcohol addiction also has a disproportionate effect on the finances of women, making the financial burden of a comprehensive program unreasonable for some.5 To lessen the burden, many women’s detox programs accept health insurance and offer payment plans for treatment. If affording childcare is a concern, some recovery centers provide on-site childcare to help reduce financial costs.

Pregnant women and single mothers may also have concerns about going to drug detox centers due to the potential impact on their children. Creating a healthier environment for your children through your recovery can have the best impact on your child’s well-being overall. Women’s detox programs have focuses on infant and maternal health, as well as domestic violence reduction.

Contact Legacy Healing for more information about the services and amenities they offer to make women’s detox and recovery as comfortable as possible.


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