The Women's Meeting offered at FTR is a support group designed to empower the female in the recovery process.  Since Substance Use Disorder effects women differently than men, this group is designed to address female specific issues that arise in recovery and life.  Peers offer support in this hour long support group.  This meeting is open to any female in recovery to attend and share their experience, strength, and hope.

More information about how substance use disorder affects women directly:

Substance use disorders affect both men and women, but there are differential effects that occur as a result of substance abuse depending on a person’s gender. Because it is well observed by professional treatment organizations and research organizations, such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), that no singular approach to treatment should be used for everyone, it stands to reason that specific alterations to treatment programs as a result of a person’s gender might result in more effective treatment.

Differences between Men and Women Who Have Alcohol Use Disorder

Men and women often present with different issues when they develop an alcohol use disorder. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the following is true with respect to treatment issues or areas of focus:

  • As a general rule, women have lower body weight and more fat than men. This results in their bodies retaining alcohol longer than men’s bodies do, and this results in longer exposure to the untoward effects of alcohol.

  • Women have lower levels of enzymes that break down alcohol in the body. Alcohol is absorbed faster into the bloodstream, resulting in a more rapid increase in blood alcohol levels and other effects when women drink the same amount of alcohol as men.

  • Because of the above issues, the progression of a substance use disorder in a woman tends to be quicker than it is in a man.

  • Women are more likely to use alcohol and drugs as a result of relationship issues than men.

  • It is speculated that nearly 70 percent of women with a substance use disorder have experienced some form of sexual abuse, most often in adolescence.

  • Women with alcohol use disorders who are pregnant often fear that they will be ostracized or condemned if they get into treatment.

  • Women are more likely to be caregivers for children, parents, and others, and this situation results in significant increased stress for women with alcohol use disorders.

Because women are often caretakers for children, they may avoid treatment due to the fear that their children will be taken away from them. According to the American Psychiatric Association(APA), women with alcohol use disorders are very likely to have co-occurring disorders of mood that can result in a dual diagnosis and specific treatment needs. Having a co-occurring mental health disorder along with an alcohol use disorder significantly complicates treatment for women. These co-occurring issues can include:

  • Major depressive disorder

  • Persistent depressive disorder (a chronic long-term condition where the individual suffers from low-level depressive symptoms for years)

  • Bipolar disorder or cyclothymia (a less intense form of bipolar disorder)

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

 

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*https://www.alcohol.org/women/support-groups/

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