GENDER GROUP THERAPY FOR ADDICTION
Gender group therapy exists because men and women experience addiction differently. Addicts have a long list of reasons why they can’t go to rehab right now, and reasons tend to vary by gender. Generally, men tend to start abusing drugs or alcohol to increase stamina, have a good time or to establish confidence. Women, on the other hand, are often seeking to escape painful emotions caused by trauma. They may also start using drugs or alcohol because their spouse or partner is using them. Being part of a gender group allows clients to openly discuss specific gender issues and directly support their peers. It also creates an opportunity to talk about sensitive topics that are not for larger group consumption. The importance of providing our clients with gender group therapy can’t be overstated.
- Approximately 4.7 million women in the U.S. have an addiction issue. About 3 million use illegal drugs on a regular basis and 3.6 million abuse prescription medications.
- Women’s body weight tends to be lower than men’s, and they carry more body fat and less water. Thus, the body will retain alcohol in its fatty cells longer than if it had a higher water content. Additionally, a woman’s internal organs are unprotected from the effects of alcohol for longer.
- Women have smaller levels of enzymes capable of breaking down alcohol in their stomach and liver. Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream at a faster rate for women, meaning their blood alcohol content will increase more swiftly than a man who has had the same number of drinks during the same period.