6 Signs You Went to An All Women’s Treatment Center
Going to a gender-specific treatment center can be more beneficial than attending a co-ed treatment program. That’s because, at an all-women’s treatment center, the unique issues affecting women are addressed. The focus is on healing the issues and traumas that are underlying the substance abuse and addiction issues. Conditions like unresolved trauma, PTSD, mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, are treated alongside the substance-specific issues. At an all-women’s treatment center, counseling is conducted in an environment of trust and safety, where a woman’s voice is heard and respected.
Going to a treatment center that only treats women means that your experiences were certainly different than those of others who attended a co-ed program. Here are 6 signs that you went to an all women’s treatment center.
#1. There are no men (Obviously)
This also includes the staff, such as the Behavioral Health Technicians (Techs), therapists, counselors, etc. The benefits are two-fold: first, it creates a safe and secure environment where you can begin to heal; second, you can avoid certain complications (see #2) as well as begin the healing process more quickly (see #4). Oh, added bonus, you don’t have to worry about doing your hair or make up because, most likely you won’t care what you look like. You just want to get better.
#2. You have a lot of women friends (as compared to male friends) in early recovery
You were able to build healthy friendships with women in your early recovery, which carried over into creating your own supportive network when returning to your community and/or family.
#3. You’re less likely to have a rehab romance
Going to an all-women’s treatment center means that you were able to focus on yourself and your recovery and not be distracted by the opposite sex. If you happen to be attracted to other women then this might not apply. But, most likely, women at an all-women treatment center are there for the sole purpose of getting better.
#4. It was easier for you to open up in treatment
Due to having therapy groups with only other women, you probably found it easier to talk about your addiction as well as other issues that you were dealing with, such as a psychological disorder, your experiences growing up, and in relationships (also, see #5). Many women find it difficult to be so open in mixed company. And, as you know, secrets keep us sick.
#5. You felt at-home because your experiences were similar to that of others
It’s true that trauma and emotional pain affects more women than men and these play a huge role when it comes to developing a substance abuse disorder such as addiction. Also, there are social and cultural pressures that are gender-specific to women. You can just be yourself.
#6. It’s like you’re in a sorority – for life
At an all-women’s treatment center, you learn to trust and support other women, which for some, might be for the very first time ever or in many years. Building close, trusting, and nurturing relationships with other women – and at such a formative time in your recovery – forges lasting, tight bonds unlike any other relationship.
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, and is looking for an all-women’s treatment center, please call us toll-free today at the Orchid Recovery Center: 1-800-777-9588.