Published by Raffa Bari | Last updated: 23rd February 2023 | All Sources


Clinically Reviewed by Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

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Whilst drugs and alcohol impact people from all walks of life, there are evidential differences between genders. Transpiring differently for women, substance abuse and its effects are found to be greater than for men.

Although men are much more open to illicit drug abuse, and experience higher risks of life-threatening symptoms, the recovery process can be harder for women.

Offering personal, private, and dedicated care, drug and alcohol rehab for women is available here at Cassiobury Court. Considering women’s challenges, we’re here to offer appropriate treatment and support throughout addiction recovery.


Overview of Drug and Alcohol Addictions

Alcohol problems, along with drug abuse are brain conditions. Caused by various environmental, social, and mental stimuli, drug and alcohol addiction can impact all types of people.

Addictive substances, such as alcohol over prolonged or/and consistent consumption, can cause physical and psychological changes. The psychological changes are the most concerning, rewiring how the brain communicates with the rest of the body.

Alcohol engages with the internal reward system by producing high levels of happy chemicals. It slows down activity, helps to improve mental health and relaxes responses. Yet such positives are for the short-term, instead found to intensify cravings, tolerances, and habits.

Any form of addiction will need to be treated in order to reach a state of sobriety. Addiction treatment must also consider the long-term recovery of alcoholism. Designed to help specific groups of people and their needs, rehab for women will be recommended to facilitate appropriate treatment.


Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Women

Drugs and alcohol are addictive substances. Its addictive nature can influence people from all walks of life. Women are a demographic which are highly affected by drug addiction and alcoholism.

Intoxication rates are firstly higher in women, as they metabolise alcohol differently to men. Whilst the negative side effects of intoxication can creep in quicker, the positive reinforcements of alcohol can also display at a faster rate. As women are also known to self-medicate through problems, to block out the negatives with the positives of alcohol, concerns of dependence are higher. Tolerances can easily develop through this rate of exposure.

Although men are much more likely to binge drink and consume hazardous quantities of illicit drugs, women are at greater risk of drug and alcohol-related health issues, accidents, and death. Addiction to these harmful substances carried risks such as threats of infertility, increased sexual abuse and unprotected sex, and increases in cancer diagnosis.

Awareness of gender-specific effects is very important, as susceptibilities to alcohol and drugs differ. Not only are addiction rates and risks dissimilar, but recovery processes also diverge. Women are at greater risks of early relapse, impacting the success of rehab. Understanding responses, causes, and triggers of alcohol addiction in women is essential.

Gender-specific support and addiction treatment will offer such awareness, offered through rehab for women.


Recovery Support for Women

Dealing with addiction for any individual can be tough. Recovery support is invaluable throughout the process to not only treating the addiction but to also provide emotional support, protection, and guidance.

For women specifically, there are national organisations, support groups and treatment plans to consider. Women For Sobriety is a not-for-profit organisation which offers a safe haven for women through addiction recovery. Offering phone support, online support, and face-to-face meetings, recovery support is in place to guide, empower and motivate women. Gender-specific support groups can also be arranged through the organisation, helpful through the early stages of recovery.

Treatment plans are also offered through rehab for women, possible to complete on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Residential rehab is mostly favoured by women who long for a private, safe environment to escape to. It offers an intense yet targeted approach to addiction treatment. Outpatient rehab is favoured by women who require flexibility to commit to alternative responsibilities.

Recovery support for women is considerate, compassionate, and fully tailored to individual needs.


Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centres for Women

Specialist private rehab centres tend to cater to individual needs. Gender-specific services, environments, teams, and programmes are available through rehab for women.

Intimate environments can be accessed, best through residential rehab. Offering private settings away from everyday life and drug/alcohol influences, comfortable arrangements can be made. Teams and peers can also be gender-specific to increase the comfort and acceptance of rehab for women.

Centres will offer a range of effective treatments to work through addiction. Many women who enter rehab require a detoxification process, to withdraw from addictive substances and their effects. Replacement drugs are prescribed through detoxification to ease withdrawal symptoms and the elimination process.

Treatment plans will also include therapeutic addiction treatment services to heal the mind and improve mental health. Via a suitable rehab centre, specialists will lead sessions, including cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapy, support groups and relapse prevention planning.

Finding a rehab facility which offers rehab for women and their specific needs is recommended, as the individual focus will be placed on long-term recovery. As relapse rates are higher for women through early recovery, extra focus is provided on promoting self-care, long-term tools, and relapse prevention.


Alternative Therapies

Many alcohol or drug problems are caused by stress, by self-medicating habits and by poor mental health. To withdraw and recover, causes will need to be understood and controlled, possible through alternative therapies.

Whilst addiction treatment services at Cassiobury Court offer relief and the tools to remain sober, self-care and holistic therapies are also promoted. Services of mindfulness, meditation, relaxation therapy, exercise, stress management, sleep management and wellbeing support are all offered. Supporting women through recovery, various lifestyle services are available through rehab and post-rehab care to ease the transitional period.


Life After Alcohol Rehab

As life after rehab can be tough for any recovering addict, yet especially women due to pre-expected relapse, aftercare support is invaluable. Offering access to gender-specific support groups, counselling sessions, relapse prevention sessions, and aftercare helps combine recovery tools and self-care intentions. It’s available for over 12 months and is offered for free here at Cassiobury Court.

Support is also available through Women for Sobriety, helping clients adjust to the norms of sobriety as a woman.


Drug and Alcohol Addiction Help for Women

If you’re a woman struggling through substance abuse, at Cassiobury Court we are here to support you. Reach out for a confidential and private chat about drug and alcohol rehab for women, and the type of services you can expect to complete.

Also, here to support anyone who’s suffering from or witnessing addiction, our rehab facility is ready to welcome you for addiction support. Reach out for our guidance through alcohol and/or drug addiction.

Raffa Bari

Raffa Bari - Author Last updated: 23rd February 2023

CQC Registered Manager

Raffa manages the day to day caring services here at Cassiobury Court. Dedicated to the treatment and well being of our visitors she is an outstanding mental health coach registered with BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). Raffa has outstanding experience in managing rehabs across the country and is vastly experienced at helping people recover from drug and alcohol addictions.

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 22nd September 2022

Dr. Olalekan Otulana MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRSPH, MBA (Cantab)

 Dr Otulana is a highly experienced GP and Addiction Physician. He has a specialist interest in Substance Misuse Management and he has a wide range of experience in the assessment, management (including detoxification) and residential rehabilitation of clients with various drug and substance addiction problems.  His main aim is to comprehensively assess patients with addiction problems and determine their treatment needs for medical detoxification treatments and psychological interventions. He is also experienced in managing patients who require dual drug and alcohol detoxification treatments.

A strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Cambridge University Judge Business School.