Today we would like to share with you a video from our annual ATCPCC 2013, Addiction Treatment Centers and Professional Consortium. Here in our guest lecture video series is Jennifer Musselman on the Differences in Gender Treatment. We have a transcript of the lecture for you to follow:
Today I want to talk about the differences in gender treatment and the importance of treating men and women differently when they’re going through a substance abuse treatment program and aftercare.
The reason CLARE Foundation started to do gender-specific treatment was because we did a study with UCLA, and it was funded by SAMHSA, where we determined that on basic levels of domain, individual things from like mood to housing, things of those nature, we determined that although men and women equally scored high as being successful after having gone through six months’ worth of treatment, men and women differed in what their overall satisfaction was. Women scored much lower in being satisfied in their treatment. So we were talking with the researchers at UCLA why that might be, and we decided that it was probably because of relationships, that relationships play a primary role in a woman’s life whereas men are more willing to sort of go off and take care of what they need to take care of for themselves in order to then take care of their families and their support systems whereas women often feel shamed, ostracized, by leaving their family behind, especially if they have children, and there’s a whole other level on top of that, you know, if I was a good mom, I wouldn’t be leaving my children, etcetera, etcetera.
So it was sort of born from this study that we did and through actual practice. We had determined that when we had originally separated our clients, men and women; they did great. They flourished, but because of government funding running out, we had to bring them back together for a short period, and men and women really – just really discussed it. They really didn’t like it as well.
The CLARE Foundation and Conscious Recovery by CLARE decided to do more gender-specific treatment simply because it gets – well, for multiple reasons, frankly. It would get really confusing when we actually did have men and women together. Men didn’t necessarily feel as open. They didn’t feel like they could talk about some of their own trauma. They didn’t feel like they could really engage and focus on their work while they were in treatment. Women, similarly didn’t feel safe. They didn’t feel as protected. They had other issues that men generally don’t deal with in the same way and certainly other, sort of, biological, physiological issues that men don’t deal with. So therefore it was really important to hone in on these differences to help support men and women in serving them in the best way possible.
In closing, if you’re having a problem in your life and you’re wondering maybe drugs and alcohol might some way be affecting it, we’re here for you. We have a team of compassionate professionals who are well educated and really understand all of the trauma and uncertainty that go along with not being able to figure out what’s happening in your life, and we are here to support you figuring out what’s best for you, and we do it together. Please reach out to us. We’re here to help.