Types of Therapy That Benefit Women in Rehab
- Motivations for substance use
- Motivations behind seeking treatment
- Types of environments where treatment is sought and obtained
- Treatments that are most successful
- Consequences of failing to receive treatment
In addition, there are life experiences that are more often held by women and this necessitates specific treatment approaches. For example, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports sexual and physical trauma followed by post-traumatic stress disorder occurs at a higher rate for women entering treatment than for men. This means that a rehab center needs to be a specialist in this situation, which a women’s rehab is likely to be.
These complicated factors, motivations, and circumstances lead clinicians to recommend the most likely treatment approaches to work, and those will always include some form of behavioral therapy. The following discussion will cover some of the more common forms of therapy that have proved useful for women and briefly explain how they work.
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The Goals of Behavioral Counseling
Every person who enters rehab, gender specific or not, will undergo behavioral therapy because it is actively beneficial in treatment outcomes. It seeks to:
- Better life skills that help women to cope with environmental factors and stressful circumstances that activate cravings, which can lead a return to drug use
- Provide incentives and enticements to encourage women to remain abstinent
- Alter the mind set and behaviors tied to women’s drug and alcohol use
- Involve and retain women in addiction rehab
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This is the most commonly practiced form of therapy in addiction treatment. It is focused and can yield results in a relatively short time, which makes it ideal in a 28 or 30 day treatment scenario.
The method was originally devised for alcoholics and later amended to treat cocaine addicts, as such it is used most commonly, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, for women who are addicted to:
Practitioners believe that the way people think impacts their behavior; through learning processes, attitudes and beliefs are formed and these lead to things like drug use and other maladaptive behavior patterns. Therefore, the therapy teaches women to identify negative behaviors and to fix them using a myriad of skills to stop the substance abuse and to adjust the other actions that cause it.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
This approach assists women in resolving their uncertainty in engaging in therapy, staying in treatment, and ending their drug use. The goal is to create swift and internally motivated modifications to behavior.
After an initial evaluation, patients in engage in two to four one-on-one sessions with a dedicated therapist. During the first meeting, the therapist comments on the results of the evaluation and discusses the patient’s substance abuse. The therapist then helps the patient to develop and voice some self-motivating statements. Motivational interviewing principles are implemented to help foster a plan for change and to reinforce existing motivation.
In later treatment, the therapist encourages a patient’s commitment to succeed, acknowledges changes, and reviews the strategies the patient developed in order to help them abstain. In these later sessions, women are asked to bring their significant other.
12-Step Facilitation Therapy
Many women are incredibly motivated and comforted by their faith, this is an asset when working the 12 steps. For this reason, there is a behavioral therapy model with the goal of helping patients to become active members of a self-help group.
This model has three parts:
- A woman must accept that she has a substance abuse problem and admit that she can no longer control it on her own
- A woman must surrender to a higher power, work the steps, and accept the support of her peers in the program
- A woman must become an active participant in meetings and related activities
These are just a few methods that have proven effective with patients in rehab for women. To learn about other methods, call 800-681-7642 Who Answers?.