Last Update: October 4, 2013
Of the 687 residents who have successfully completed our program*:
- 74% are sober
- 26% are not sober
*These percentages reflect residents in both the Men’s and Women’s programs.
Why Choose Benchmark Recovery Center?
Various research findings show that men and women recover from drug addiction and alcohol addiction differently. It may help, therefore, to keep drug and alcohol recovery separate for women and men so that equal attention can be given to each. At many drug and alcohol recovery centers, the issue of gender is often overlooked as a sort of misnomer with the majority of facilities treating the ‘majority’ versus the individual. At Benchmark Recovery Center, we know and understand that one cannot simply treat drug and alcohol recovery with a mass approach. Rather it is necessary to take each individual and sit down with him or her to construct an effective combination of techniques to help recovering addicts (whether they are men or women) realize their dream of sobriety.
Each Person is Different
The great thing about human beings is that each one is different. That being said, a gender-specific drug and alcohol rehab is an invaluable tool for providing individuals of the same gender an opportunity to bond and help each other heal more quickly. Having a gender-specific approach also allows the drug and alcohol recovery center to focus its daily activities around things that may appeal to one gender but not the other.
Drug Addiction, Alcohol Addiction and Gender
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “data from laboratory, field, and clinical research is beginning to show gender differences in biological factors in drug abuse, the progression and initiation of drug abuse, the antecedents and consequences of drug use and abuse, and prevention and treatment” [source].
No matter what gender you are, drug and alcohol addiction damages your sense of self. A man who is abusive to his wife because he is always high and drunk is not that much different from the woman who consumes too much alcohol and kills five people with her SUV. And while gender-specific programs have proven to be extremely effective, there are still many out there who shy away from them. One thing is for certain though; a woman who has been abused by a man will probably feel more comfortable discussing her issues surrounded by a group of women versus a group that is dominated by men. Similarly, many men will feel more comfortable discussing their issues while surrounded by a group of other men.
At Benchmark Recovery Center, we understand how important it is to have gender-specific programs; it allows us to be able to plan out the daily activities, schedules, and a continuum of care for each resident so that he or she may realize a life characterized by sobriety.