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Understanding Drug Rehab for Young Women: What’s Fact, What’s Fiction, & When You Need Help

Rehab for Young Women

There’s a lot of nonsense floating around out there about women in addiction and gender-specific treatment programs. The truth of the matter is that substance abuse knows no boundaries. It can and does affect people of all ages, genders, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In this blog, we'll delve into the realities of drug rehab for young women, debunking myths, highlighting truths, and discussing when it's essential to seek professional assistance.


Myth vs. Fact


Myth: Drug addiction only affects men.


Fact: It is true that men tend to have higher rates of substance abuse than women due to their increased willingness to try illicit drugs. But both genders are equally susceptible to developing addiction issues, all things being equal. Additionally, women are more prone to drug cravings and relapse. 


Myth: Drug rehab is only for severe cases of addiction.


Fact: There is no single qualifier for substance abuse treatment. Treatment occurs in multiple stages to meet the individual where they are at. Ideally, someone struggling with addiction would start on the spectrum of rehab early enough so that their substance use disorder does not turn into a severe case. Young women who are just beginning to experiment with drugs and alcohol may find an outpatient program to be helpful. If a physical dependence has already developed, a detox program followed by a gender-specific residential treatment may be the right fit. 


Myth: Rehab is a one-size-fits-all solution.


Fact: Quite the opposite. Effective rehab programs should be  tailored to the specific needs of the individual. Young women in treatment have differing  physical, mental, and emotional challenges. Their treatment experience should be customized around these variables to ensure better outcomes.


Myth: Rehab is only for drug addiction, not for alcohol or prescription medication abuse.

Fact: First, let’s squash the idea that just because a medication is prescribed by a Dr means it cannot be abused or result in an addiction. Prescribed medication often leads to substance use disorders which require drug treatment. Many young women get prescribed Adderall and Xanax for academic purposes and anxiety, respectively. These medications can quickly turn into a spiral of drug abuse and addiction. A quality treatment center will take a multifaceted approach to treating addiction, whether it be to illicit narcotics, alcohol, or prescription drugs. 


Myth: Once you go to rehab, you're "cured" for life.


Fact: Recovery is an ongoing process, and relapse is possible. However, the point of rehab is to deal with the underlying reasons behind the need to self-medicate, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and develop a deeply integrated network of resources, support, and accountability. If you do slip up, there is a group of people in place to help you get back on track.


When to Seek Help


If you’re a young woman wondering if she needs help with drug addiction, here are some indicators that it's time to consider rehab:


Increased Tolerance & Withdrawal Symptoms: Needing more of the substance to achieve the same effect or experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using.


Neglecting Responsibilities: Putting the getting and using of drugs above all else while failing to fulfill obligations at work, school, or home.


Relationship Strain: Are you isolating from family and friends? Getting into arguments all the time with those that care the most about you? Constantly in conflicts with family, friends, or romantic partners? Might be time to admit drugs are sabotaging your life. 


Health Issues: Drugs and alcohol take their toll on your body. If you’re experiencing adverse health or mental health affects from your use, consider seeking professional treatment. It’s only going to get worse. 


Failed Attempts to Quit: Trying unsuccessfully to cut down or quit substance use on one's own. How many time have you told yourself this is the last time?


Seeking Professional Help


If you or a young woman in your life is struggling with substance abuse, seeking professional help is vital. Rehab facilities provide a safe and supportive environment for therapy, and learning essential skills necessary for recovery. It's essential to research and choose a reputable rehab center that specializes in treating young women and offers personalized care.


If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or mental health challenges, call Momentum Recovery today. Our gender-specific treatment programs are designed with your child in mind. Call today.