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Women have Special Needs Too: Understanding the Challenges that Women Face in Rehabilitation

For any sort of substance abuse or addiction, gender differences always come into play when it comes to treatment. We know that patient’s needs are unique, so as their treatments are tailored to address the particular situation. There are special needs for women that are not fully treated by just admitting yourself in an inpatient rehab. In fact, an inpatient rehab usually works for men, but not all the time for women. To make sure that the treatment becomes successful and effective it is best to understand everything that the women need, their special needs, and to understand their challenges inside an inpatient rehab.

Most experts believed that context is important when providing treatment for women suffering from a substance abuse or drug addiction. t must be in the perspective of a woman when approaching their particular cases. The family involved which matters most to a woman is the perspective of a woman made in flesh. It will be effective to admit a woman patient to an inpatient rehab if the medical specialists who will attend to the patient will include all her relationships in the treatment, including her family, extended family, support systems, social and economic environment, and the impact of gender and culture. As a matter of fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA recognized that the specific needs of women must be addressed first before any treatment in an inpatient rehab can start.

t is important that it must be applied at all times, the core principles of gender-responsive treatment. In women’s lives, there must be recognition of the role and significance of personal relationships. It must be included as well the acknowledging of the importance of this role into socioeconomic issues and differences. A trauma-informed perspective must be adopted. And the multidisciplinary and integrated approach treatment for women must be incorporated.

To distinguish the particular treatment tailored for recovery, the many factors of substance abuse must be determined. Although genetics may be a significant factor to use substance and drugs, you have to remember that stress, negative affect and relationships have a greater bearing in the initiation of substance abuse or addiction. It must be determined, the patterns for substance abuse. And there must be screening and assessment of women for special needs, specifically for pregnant women. Due to the stigma of substance abuse, there could be a fear of loss of child custody, few resources especially those with children, there is no cultural congruent programming, limited options for pregnant women, and lack of collaboration among social service systems, most women will not seek help.

If we can understand all the special needs of women when seeking help or rehabilitation, we are helping them not just in treatment or recovery but in getting them back to stand up on their feet.