Men's and Women's Groups

Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general is a real crisis, and it has been that way for some time now. This is a problem and an issue that has only been getting worse and worse as the years have gone by. Now more than ever these issues do need to be addressed and taken into account. Now more than ever these issues need to be addressed and eradicated, and the best way to do that is with rehabilitation of an inpatient nature and method.

Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is a serious and concerning issue, but it can be totally addressed if proper rehabilitation is brought to play for those who are addicted. Inpatient rehabilitation, especially for those rehab centers that utilize some form of counseling that is only for men’s groups and only for women’s groups, is the best chance that any addict has of beating these crisis issues once and for all.

Rehab can be co-ed, and it often is. In fact, the vast majority of the time rehab is approached from a co-ed perspective. This is needed and necessary for logistic reasons, but a lot of times rehab centers will offer certain counseling segments that are only for men or only for women so that clients can focus on issues that they might not be as comfortable to work on with members of the opposite sex around.

Facts and Stats on Men's and Women's Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug and alcohol addiction affects both men and women. It affects them differently in some ways and means, but it does affect both of them pretty significantly. To raise some awareness on this point and to point out some of the differences and similarities in male and female substance abuse and addiction, some facts and statistics on these issues have been listed below:

  • Of the women who are eighteen and up who met criteria for needing treatment, only 11.2% actually received that treatment. Women who are in programs that offer services tailored to their unique needs have higher retention rates by far, and they show reductions in substance use and report fewer barriers to care as well. Ultimately, women do benefit from going to drug and alcohol addiction centers, but they take some convincing to get them to go in the first place.
  • The public health consequences of opioid pain reliever abuse are broad and disturbing and severely impacting too. For example, abuse of prescription pain relievers by pregnant women can result in a wide number of problems in newborn babies, referred to as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) which increased by almost 300 percent in the United States between 2000 and 2009 respectively. This increase is driven in part by the high rate of opioid prescriptions being given to pregnant women and their resulting addictions to these drugs. In the United States, an estimated 14.4 percent of pregnant women are prescribed an opioid during their pregnancy unfortunately.
  • It must be noted in this context that, (when it comes to prescription drug abuse), although more men die from drug overdoses than women do, the percentage increase in deaths seen since 1999 is greater among women: Deaths from opioid pain relievers increased five-fold between 1999 and 2010 for women versus 3.6 times among men. If it continues that way, by 2025 more women will be dying from prescription drug abuse than men will.
  • In the year of 2003 it was found that about 6.9 million adults were involved in some way with the criminal justice system. In the year of 1997, 70 percent of state and 57 percent of federal prisoners used drugs regularly before their incarceration came about. In addition to that, a 2002 survey revealed that about 52 percent of incarcerated women and 44 percent of incarcerated men were dependent on alcohol or drugs of some kind or another. Juvenile offenders are also prone to high levels of drug abuse too. A 2000 survey of juvenile prisoners reported that about 56 percent of the boys and 40 percent of the girls tested positive for drug use at the time of their arrest occurred. This shows that drugs and alcohol truly are the most common and the most significant factor behind crime and general criminal activity in the nation.
  • Even more concerning is the fact that underage drinkers tend to cluster their drinking into intense episodes that seem to run together back to back. The Monitoring the Future Survey, (MTF), findings indicate that about 11% of 8th graders, 22% of 10th graders, and 29% of 12th graders had engaged in binge drinking within two weeks of the survey alone. Binge drinking in fact, which is defined as five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women within a two-hour period, can be and is extremely dangerous, particularly for inexperienced drinkers who do not know how to handle alcohol in that degree of intensity.
  • Underage drinking is a major link to a greater risk of developing future alcohol problems to say the least. According to the NIAAA’s 2001-2002 National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) those who begin drinking in their early teens had a higher risk of developing alcohol dependence sometime in their lives. In fact, those who start drinking young are several times more likely to end up accruing an addiction problem later in life.

The Importance of Men’s and Women’s Groups in Rehab

Sure enough, though the vast majority of addiction rehabilitation programs out there are indeed inpatient ones that are co-ed, there are some rehab centers that are specifically only for men or for women, and there are some rehab centers that are co-ed that have some programs within them that are specifically only for men and specifically only for women.

This is the mark of a good rehab program, because it is quite beneficial for a rehab center or program to effectively promote offering some services that are for only one sex at a time. This allows men and women at such rehab centers to be able to essentially work on things that are better confronted and addressed amongst only persons of the same sex. Some examples for men are:

  • Addiction and violence
  • Addiction and problems at work
  • Addiction to porn
  • Addiction to sex
  • Addiction and infidelity

Some of the subjects that could be brought up in a women’s only group:

  • Addiction and how that affects one’s children when a parent is addicted
  • Addiction during pregnancy
  • Addiction and infidelity
  • Addiction while trying to raise young kids
  • Mother's alcohol abuse

All in all, it is hugely beneficial for a rehab center or program to be able to offer these services to their clients. The rehab center itself does not have to be a co-ed program, but it is quite beneficial when a rehab center or program offers classes or group counseling sessions that are separated based off of sex.

This method is being used more and more in treatment settings. Now more than ever these methods and these techniques are being found to be quite successful and now more than ever they are quite beneficial in those who use them. Looking into the future, it is thought that these plans and these programs will probably be used more and more into the future.

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