Drug & Alcohol Rehab Treatment for Women

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Gender-specific rehab programs can be beneficial for people who prefer to focus on their recovery in the presence of others of the same gender.

A clinical review reports that women-only recovery programs demonstrate greater effectiveness for addressing specific problems related to women with addiction and show better outcomes in helping women remain in treatment and decreasing post-treatment drug use.1,2 This article will help you understand women and substance abuse, drug rehab for women, and how to know when you should enter a women’s rehab center. If you are a woman struggling with substance abuse issues, American Addiction Centers can help you.

How Does Substance Abuse Affect Women Differently?

Women are affected by different issues than men, and substance abuse can also impact women differently than men. A clinical review in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment explains that women who abuse drugs or alcohol more frequently experience issues like a history of childhood trauma and abuse, interpersonal violence in relationships, involvement with child protective services, homelessness, and dependency on others for financial support when compared to men.1 While men generally have higher rates of substance abuse, women struggle with more incidences of co-occurring psychiatric disorders (like depression, anxiety, or eating disorders), and they are more likely to experience more serious medical, behavioral, social, and psychiatric problems if they abuse opioids, cannabis, and alcohol, even if they have used the substances for less time and in lower amounts than men.2

What Types of Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs Are Available for Women?

Although evidence is unclear regarding its ultimate effectiveness when compared with mixed-gender programs, many women benefit from womans drug rehab.2 Some women feel more comfortable with members of the same gender. They may also benefit from programs that address common barriers to seeking treatment, such as childcare, family responsibilities, and the co-occurring burdens of work life.3

A women’s’ rehab program might consist of all or some of the following components:6

  • This helps you safely and comfortably stop using the substance so you can enter treatment.
  • Women’s inpatient treatment center. Residential rehab involves living at a residential facility for the duration of treatment. You receive round-the-clock care and monitoring and support. Residential treatment can be long-term (6-12 months) or short-term (an average of 90 days).
  • Outpatient rehab. In outpatient rehab, you live at home but travel to a treatment center. You may participate in different levels of care, such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, or standard outpatient, which all offer different levels of intensity and structure.

American Addiction Centers offers gender-specific rehabilitation programs at most of our drug rehabilitation centers across the United States. To learn more about our programs, call us at .

Are There Women’s-Only Rehab Centers?

Yes, there are female-only rehab centers. These gender-specific programs can be beneficial for women who prefer to focus on their recovery with members of the same gender or who require the additional supportive services offered by many of these programs.

Women have plenty of options when it comes to choosing the type of rehab that they would like to attend. For example, there is free rehab available for those looking for low-cost options. There are even Christian & faith-based rehab programs for women who would like to integrate their faith’s practice with their recovery.

Each of American Addiction Centers’ rehab centers across the United States offer gender-specific rehab, or rehab programs designated specifically towards men and women. Take a look at one of our treatment centers below.

During the COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) pandemic AAC is available to answer questions about addiction and treatment options. Our Dallas treatment facility, Greenhouse Treatment Center, is open and accepting patients and has medical experts and a caring staff who will stand by you on your journey to recovery.

Do Drug & Alcohol Rehabs Treat Mental Health Issues?

Yes, many drug and alcohol rehab centers for women provide treatment for co-occurring mental health conditions and substance abuse issues. Remember that women are more likely to present with many different mental health issues than men. It is crucial to treat both disorders for treatment to be effective.7

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Frequently Asked Questions on Women’s Substance Abuse & Rehab


  1. Prendergast, M. L., Messina, N. P., Hall, E. A., & Warda, U. S. (2011). The relative effectiveness of women-only and mixed-gender treatment for substance-abusing women. Journal of substance abuse treatment, 40(4), 336–348.
  2. Greenfield, S. F., Back, S. E., Lawson, K., & Brady, K. T. (2010). Substance abuse in women. The Psychiatric clinics of North America, 33(2), 339–355.
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). Substance Use in Women DrugFacts.
  4. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). Substance Use in Women Research Report: Sex and Gender Differences in Substance Use.
  5. Green, C. (2006). Gender and use of substance abuse treatment services. Alcohol research & health, 29(1), 55–62.
  6. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition): Types of Treatment Programs.
  7. National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2020). Substance Use Disorders.
  8. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Women.
  9. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2013). Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask.
  10. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). Substance Use in Women Research Report: Sex and Gender Differences in Substance Use Disorder Treatment.
  11. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Media Guide: The Science of Drug Use and Addiction: The Basics.
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