It used to be that the treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and addiction was very generic. Treatment facilities took a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, meaning that all patients received the same type of care; facilities were not intended to address the specific concerns and unique circumstances that are related to substance abuse in men and women. In other words, men and women both received the same type of treatment.
As more scientific studies were conducted, it was determined that substance abuse and addiction disorder affect males and females very differently. While this disease certainly has devastating effects on both genders, the reasons why men and women start using drugs are largely different. Likewise, the types of drugs that each sex uses tend to differ, and the way in which substance addiction impacts men and women also differs.
Gender-specific rehab centers utilize similar approaches for treating addiction in both men and women. These approaches have been proven to help both sexes overcome addiction disorder, such as detox, behavioral therapies, educational lectures, 12-step programs, and one-one-one, group, and family counseling. However, these methodologies are modified to suit the unique challenges that men and women face.