Even though addictions are diseases, that doesn’t mean that the way to overcome these health issues is entirely consistent with what is commonly understood as “medical intervention”, which is usually centered on the individual patient.
Indeed, addictive disorders are characterized by having a very important psychosocial facet. Thus, these are not alterations that go unidirectionally from the inside of the body outwards, towards the behaviors of the person; on the contrary, its appearance and persistence are partly explained by the influence of society and of the addict’s entourage. Therefore, the social and cultural dynamic is a key element to consider in the treatment of addictions, and in the case of these, it is something that is very well addressed since therapeutic communities for women. Let’s see why.
What is meant by therapeutic community?
Therapeutic communities are social contexts deliberately generated to help people undergoing addiction treatment, in which group dynamics are established that offer support so that those involved in them can recover as quickly as possible through group synergies that occur.
In other words, they are communities designed to intervene with patients who are going through a similar process of addiction treatment, drug-free and designed to minimize the risk of relapsein which people are helped to break out of the vicious circle of withdrawal syndrome and deepening addiction through the joint influence of mutually supportive professionals and patients.
The purpose of therapeutic communities is that the influence of several people at the same time allows each patient to internalize a series of routines and healthy life habits which, combined with constant exposure to situations of social interaction and communication, allow him to “connect” with another way of living day to day capable of providing sources of motivation and interests that have nothing to do with the temporary well-being produced by the act of satiate.
This type of group care is based on the idea that, in the same way that social contexts facilitate the emergence of addictions and the maintenance of this type of pathology (through constant exposure to drugs in leisure situations between friends for example), it is also possible to reverse the dependencies of the social context, by having the person “unlearn” the psychological patterns at the origin of the dependency.
There are several types of therapeutic communities, and one is the therapeutic community for women; as its name suggests, it is a social support system for women struggling to overcome addiction and that it is facilitated by health professionals who work from a gender perspective, taking into account the experiences and particularities that primarily affect them.
What do therapeutic communities bring to women?
These are the main benefits and advantages brought by therapeutic communities for women.
1. They provide a safe environment for women with trauma and/or anxiety issues
Many women who have developed an addiction disorder suffer from emotional stability issues as a cause and/or consequence of the addiction, so they feel very vulnerable.
In this sense, the therapeutic community it makes them feel more secure being around other women who are going through a similar experience and that, due to their biological characteristics, they are not perceived as a danger to their own physical integrity (which is important in the context of living with people subject to fear or reliving traumatic experiences).
2. They are better suited to the most common type of addiction among women
Although the drugs most commonly used by women are the same as those used by men, there are some relatively common addictions that are not so common among men. Specifically, inhalants and tranquilizers are more commonly used by women. In this sense, women’s therapeutic communities allow them to come into contact more people are facing the same addictionwhich has an impact on the effectiveness of treatment and on motivation and self-motivation strategies based on group dynamics.
3. They adapt to gender-related risks of relapse
Gender roles force women to deal with stress triggers specifically related to femininity, and as we know, addiction is closely linked to stress and anxiety. For example, Drug use is often a dysfunctional strategy to escape trouble and mask the discomfort through a more intense experience than the “cover”.
In this sense, therapeutic communities for women make it possible to talk about all this set of daily experiences and expectations associated with the condition of being a woman, and to seek solutions together from empathy in order to avoid the relapses.
4. They provide a gender-responsive rehabilitation and reintegration support system
It should be remembered that the ultimate goal is to enable patients to leave the therapeutic community and lead a normal life within society. Therefore, this type of community prepares women to face the social situations of family relationships, to manage friendships and to face daily responsibilities, taking into account gender roles to avoid a “clash” with the rest of the world maintaining a healthy lifestyle away from drugs, gambling, etc.
Looking for professional help to overcome an addiction?
If you have developed an addiction disorder and would like to begin addiction treatment, please contact us.
In Seville Addiction Center We specialize in the therapeutic approach to this type of pathology, both from outpatient care and from treatment to admissions in our two centers equipped with fully equipped residential modules for short, medium and long-term stays. We offer comprehensive health coverage in all phases of the addiction approach, from detoxification and detoxification to rehabilitation and reintegration of patients.
In addition, we make available to those who may need it our therapeutic center for women, designed taking into account the needs and usual problems experienced by them, in order to offer well-adapted professional support.