September is National Recovery Month

Gender Specific Detox

gender specific detox

Gender specific detox is the first step in maintaining a life free from chemical addiction. If a female has experienced domestic violence or abuse by a male, they may respond more favorably when they are surrounded by other women. Being in a gender specific facility can help with building trust and developing strong supportive bonds. Because it is gender specific, the individual needs of each woman can be met which increases the odds of success for lifelong sobriety.

What is Detox?

Detox is the process of ridding the body of drugs, alcohol, and toxins left from consumption during drug addiction. When detoxing from drugs or alcohol, the process can be painful. There are an array of side effects, with the most common side effect being a flu-like symptom combined with aches and pains that are both physical and mental. Patients express feelings of extreme discomfort, rapid heart rate, insomnia, and sweating.

It is necessary that detox be performed under the supervision of a trained physician. This is something that can be done in a treatment facility. Treatment facilities provide all of the necessary tools to make detox easier with access to health care professionals 24 hours a day.

Detox is available for those addicted to Meth, cocaine, prescription medications, heroin, or alcohol. The method of detox is based upon the drug of choice and can include detox medications to make you more comfortable during the process.

How Long does Detox Last?

The amount of time spent detoxing is dependent upon drug of choice. The length of time depends on drug of choice and severity of illness. Each case is different, and will vary according to your individual needs.

Detox is only the Beginning

Once detox is complete there are many more steps to take in order to live without drugs. You may think the hard part is over but it has just begun. Addiction is something that you will need to manage for the remainder of your life. It is a chronic illness that requires daily work, one day at a time, to manage lifelong sobriety.

Therapy, counseling, life skills training, case management and many other services will be provided during the period of rehabilitation. The type of activities you engage in may vary but the desired result is always recovery. Being in a gender specific program can provide a certain level of comfort and support that isn’t present in a coed environment. This environment helps with support primarily because other women in the program will be going through similar issues, whether it is: childcare, parenting, menopause, or relationships. Residential treatment can last from 30 days to 120 days, and sometimes longer.

Living drug free is something that you can do. It takes time, motivation, support and determination, but you can succeed! New Directions for Women is a treatment facility located in California that offers help to women, pregnant women, women with children and families who desire a similar result. Our caring admissions counselors are available 24/7 to take your call and answer any questions you may have on getting help. Reach us by phone at 800-93-WOMEN. We can help. Stay in the loop with New Directions for Women by connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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