Women's Addiction Treatment Center

Addiction Treatment for Women

The Rose of Lakeview

Our addiction treatment program for women provides an integrative approach to help women heal their mind, body, and spirit. Our gender responsive, integrative treatment model goes beyond the fundamentals of abstinence and 12-step meetings to address seven additional core aspects of recovery:

To learn more about these foundational tenets of our approach to treatment, read about our Integrative Health treatment model for a detailed description of our principles and how we apply them every day at Lakeview Health.

Why Women’s Only Addiction Treatment?

The simple answer is this: when women participate in gender-specific treatment programs, they tend to stay in treatment longer and according to research that women experience better outcomes in gender-specific treatment. It’s well-documented fact that the longer a patient stays in treatment, the less likely they are to relapse. Therefore, gender-specific programs can reduce relapse rates and increase the chance of lifelong, sustained sobriety. But that’s true for both men and women – so what is it about gender-specific treatment that causes women to stay in treatment longer?

A Safe Space to Address Trauma and Co-Occurring Disorders

The overwhelming majority of women with substance abuse disorders – upwards of 95% – report at least one incident of significant trauma in their past, including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as a child, rape, or some type of domestic violence. These traumatic events are often closely linked with the reasons women develop addiction issues and co-occurring mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. When women go through detox and experience a sustained period of sobriety, they begin to make connections between their history of trauma, co-occurring disorders, and how and why they developed alcohol or substance use disorders.

Rehab for WomenWe give women a safe, nurturing, and empowering environment to explore these three interrelated issues, and the result is that we see the lightbulb moment almost every day. While everyone is different, and not every woman develops addictions for the same reasons, the pattern of these breakthrough moments generally looks like this:

A female patient discusses a past traumatic experience. She pauses, then says “That probably explains why I withdrew from my family and got so depressed, and…that probably explains why I started drinking when I was 15. And that…well. That’s why I’m here today.”

When women make connections like these, they feel like they’re making progress, which causes them to value the rehab experience and stay in treatment longer. Historically, addiction treatment has focused more on immediate need – achieving abstinence – than healing past traumatic experiences or identifying co-occurring disorders. But because trauma and co-occurring disorders are so prevalent among women with substance use disorders, our women’s treatment program prioritizes a trauma-informed, dual diagnosis approach to recovery. To postpone addressing issues surrounding trauma and co-occurring disorders is to ignore the reality of women’s experiences in addiction – so we don’t. We give women the support they need to work on all the issues standing between them and sustained sobriety.

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Benefits of Women’s Only Addiction Treatment

Our clinical team meets regularly to discuss their experiences working with our patients. Therapists in our women’s program observe that when men aren’t present, women:

  • Participate more actively in group sessions
  • Share general feelings and experiences more openly
  • Discuss issues related to sex and sexuality more openly
  • Focus less on personal appearance
  • Form deep bonds of sisterhood

These factors lead to a more authentic, vulnerable, and productive atmosphere than commonly found in co-ed process groups. In the absence of men, women dive deep into issues related to addiction, such as relationships, family, body image, and self-esteem. There’s also the fact that women’s only treatment groups remove the potential romantic distractions presented by members of the opposite sex. While some women in rehab are proud members of the LGBTQ community, our therapists report that in single-gender treatment environments, the flirtation factor is very close to zero.

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Gender Differences in Substance Use and Addiction Treatment

Research indicates significant differences in the types of drugs women use and how they use them. For instance, statistics show women are more likely to:

  • Abuse prescription opioids
  • Use amphetamines for increased energy to meet work, childcare, and family responsibilities
  • Begin using drugs at lower doses
  • Develop disordered use more quickly

Alcohol addiction creates a specific set of problems for women. Women who abuse alcohol are at elevated risk of:

  • Having unprotected sex resulting in pregnancy
  • Contracting sexually transmitted diseases
  • Becoming victims of violence
  • Becoming victims of sexual assault

Women also avoid treatment for different reasons than men. Women are more likely to avoid treatment for fear of:

  • Losing their children
  • Not finding adequate childcare while in treatment
  • Neglecting general family responsibilities
  • Financial instability during and after treatment

These factors are compounded by the social stigma attached to women who enter alcohol or drug rehab. Women are less likely to have the support of their families and partners when they seek and/or enter treatment, and whereas men are often considered to be brave for entering treatment, women are often considered weak for entering treatment. Add to this the near-absurd number of memes floating around social media normalizing the idea that motherhood requires substance abuse – think of how many variations of Mommy Needs Her Wine you may see in a single day – and it’s easy to understand why women might choose to struggle in silence rather than get the help they need.

Women’s Addiction Treatment: Connections and Mutuality

Contemporary theories regarding women’s psychological development recognize that a guiding principle in growth for women is the need to establish deep and meaningful connections with others. Dr. Jean Miller and Dr. Stephanie Covington, pioneers in women’s issues and the field of gender-responsive treatment, emphasize that women derive much of their identity, self-worth, and self-esteem from building deep connections both inside and outside the family. Strong, healthy relationships lead to greater vitality and an increased sense of empowerment. These types of relationships are based on empathy and mutuality – the idea that each person in the relationship can be completely open and honest with their innermost feelings, and equally open and honest with their feedback for the other person. When mutuality and empathy exist, women can influence one another and help one another to grow, learn, and move forward.

Women's Addiction Treatment Center

That’s exactly what happens at The Rose: women come together and help one another. They’ll show up at a group session sweaty in their workout clothes, no makeup, hair all a-tangle, and dive right into deep explorations of the issues before them. Surrounded by their sisters in recovery, women develop the tools they need to achieve sobriety, embrace recovery, and live a life without alcohol and drugs.

If you’re a woman thinking about entering treatment, please call us today. There’s an amazing group of strong and courageous women waiting for you right now, working through some of the same issues you’re struggling with – and they’re ready to welcome you with open arms.

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