When it comes to addiction–whether you’re talking about drug addiction, alcohol addiction, sex addiction, or gambling addiction–there are differences between genders that matter. Treatment programs must be tailored to address the needs of every particular patient, but women will have specific needs that men won’t have. We understand this, which is why the group was started.
Studies have shown that women have a different approach to substance abuse. So wouldn’t it make sense that there should be a different approach to the treatment of that substance abuse?
Women are affected by relationships in ways that men aren’t. For some women, shared drug or alcohol use is a way to connect with their partners or communicate in unhealthy ways. Relationships influence women throughout their recovery as well, which is why it’s important to have a place where we can talk openly about our struggles as women.
Women are also to be a greater risk to have co-occurring mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Women who have a history of sexual abuse or physical abuse are also more likely to have addiction issues.
As women struggling with addiction, we wanted a place where we could come together to discuss our struggles together. We wanted a place where we could lift each other up and empower each other. We wanted a group where we could all support one another. We wanted to help each other as women, which is why this group was formed.