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Women’s Drug Rehab in New Jersey

Women have unique mental health needs and also different concerns that might serve as barriers to getting treatment for a substance use disorder. Women also tend to have different patterns of substance use and may prefer a gender-specific treatment program.

Liberty Wellness NJ is a comprehensive women’s drug rehab in New Jersey, offering individualized treatment plans that are flexible and can work along with the other responsibilities in your life.

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Women and Substance Use

Researchers have found that women tend to use substances in different ways than men. For example, they might use smaller amounts for shorter periods of time but become addicted faster than men. Women may also respond to the same substances in different ways. Researchers have found women are more likely to experience strong drug cravings and are at a higher risk of relapsing, making drug rehab even more important.

There are certain hormones that make women more sensitive to the effects of drugs than men, and women also tend to have more physical side effects associated with their substance use. According to research, women are more likely to go to the emergency department because of substance use or experience a fatal overdose.

Women who are experiencing domestic violence, divorce, loss of child custody, or the death of a loved one are at a greater risk of using substances. Also, women may be more likely to experience co-occurring mental health disorders like anxiety or depression when they use substances. There appear to be unique perceived barriers to treatment for men versus women. Men tend to be less willing to admit there’s a problem in the first place, frequently seeing it as a sign of weakness. Women are more likely to seek help when they’re dealing with a substance problem or mental health concerns, but their barriers might include needing to find someone to help them care for their children.

Substances most commonly used by women include:

  • Stimulants. Research shows that when women use stimulants, it’s often because they want to increase their energy levels so they can get more done at home and work. Weight loss is another reason women report the use of stimulants like methamphetamine.
  •  Prescription pain medicines. Women are more likely to have chronic pain conditions, which contributes to the higher rate of opioid prescriptions among women. Women are also more likely to misuse prescription opioids for pain management and to self-treat mental health problems, such as anxiety.
  • Anti-anxiety medicines. Short-term anxiety medicines like benzodiazepines and prescription sleep medications are commonly misused, especially among women. Women are more likely than men to die from overdoses that involve a mental health medication, such as one for anxiety.

Liberty Wellness offers women’s drug rehab addiction treatment programs on a flexible outpatient basis in New Jersey. Our programs offer different levels of outpatient care, including intensive outpatient programs and traditional outpatient rehab.

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Women and Trauma

Along with differences in patterns of substance use and the physical and mental effects, women, when compared to men, have different underlying contributors to addiction. The vast majority of women who seek addiction treatment also have co-occurring symptoms of trauma, typically related to the experience of physical or sexual abuse.

Trauma interventions are needed as part of addiction recovery in these situations. 

A holistic treatment program should adequately address current co-occurring mental health disorders and the experience of trauma.

Liberty Wellness NJ is a women’s drug and alcohol rehab center in New Jersey, offering trauma-informed care along with gender-specific treatment.


Signs of Addiction in Women

The signs of addiction in women are similar to those seen in men, but women may show signs with smaller doses or shorter-term use than men. Women may also experience more physical side effects of drugs and alcohol compared to men.

The general symptoms of addiction that can occur in women, as well as men, include:

  • Irritability and changes in mood or behavior
  • Social withdrawal
  • Secretiveness or social isolation
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Legal or financial problems
  • Not keeping up with family or work responsibilities
  • Loss of interest in other activities
  • Defensiveness and blame-shifting
  • Changes in energy levels
  • Slurred speech or changes in speech patterns
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  •  Weight loss

Liberty Wellness NJ offers specialized women’s addiction treatment in New Jersey in a safe and comfortable environment. If you’re searching for a women’s drug rehab in New Jersey, our programs are customized to the needs of the individual while remaining flexible. 


Why Don’t Women Get Help for Addiction?

Along with different underlying contributors to addiction, women have different barriers to treatment.

  • One of the biggest ones for women is that they worry about how they’ll keep up with their family responsibilities and childcare, especially if they seek inpatient treatment. Many women with children and families don’t have the ability to leave and stay at a center overnight, as they’re primary caregivers. 
  • Another barrier to treatment is that women are often worried that they’ll lose custody of their children if they seek treatment.
  • A third barrier is that women worry about the stigma that comes with addiction, especially if they do have children. They worry it will affect how people see them as a parent. 

It’s important to realize that none of these should be barriers to receiving the help you need and deserve.

One solution that works well for many women is seeking outpatient treatment. For example, an intensive outpatient program is very similar in intensity and outcomes to inpatient rehab, but the time commitment is much smaller each week, and you can return home when your treatment ends for the day. Traditional outpatient programs also serve as a step down from an inpatient program. These require just a few hours of treatment a week, but you can maintain long-term support in your recovery.

If you’d like to learn more about women’s drug and alcohol rehab centers in New Jersey, Liberty Wellness NJ can help. We have outpatient programs, as well as medication management and treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders that work for your needs and schedule.

Finding a Women’s Drug Rehab In New Jersey

If you’re a woman currently in active addiction, know that you can recover with the right treatment and ongoing support. At Liberty Wellness NJ, we offer a gender-specific New Jersey women’s addiction treatment program and dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders. We include individual therapy, family therapy, and medication management as needed.

Please, reach out to our team if you’re searching for a women’s drug rehab in New Jersey. Whether you want to take the next step or you just have questions, our Berlin, New Jersey team is here and can help. 

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