Men and women share many similarities in their experience with addiction and recovery but there can be significant differences as well. We understand that sometimes it’s helpful to share thoughts and feelings with other members of the same gender. We offer gender-specific group therapy so that people have opportunities to communicate in different ways with different groups of peers.
Gender-specific group therapy is basically group therapy for men and women separate from one another. There are fundamental biological, emotional, social, and cultural differences in how men and women experience substance abuse. These differences can be reflected in the causes of substance abuse, how the brain responds to substance use, the feelings that arise as a result of substance abuse. Gender-specific groups are sensitive to all of the unique needs of men and women.
This type of group therapy also helps men and women establish common ground in recovery. It can be more comfortable opening up to people of the same gender. It allows for more vulnerability and honesty. It also fosters a deeper connection as people see their own experiences more clearly reflected in others.