While treatment is available to women, it can be difficult to access for a variety of reasons. Fear of losing custody of children, stigmas associated with substance abuse, cultural influences, and lack of social support can make it difficult for women to seek treatment. Many of these obstacles can be overcome, but fear or shame can prevent some from seeking help. Once a woman becomes engaged in treatment for addiction, however, they are just as likely, if not more likely as men to stay and complete the program.
Women tend to be impacted more quickly and heavily than men when it comes to using drugs or alcohol, meaning the damage they inflict often occurs over a shorter time frame. This can also mean that a woman may not use drugs or alcohol as long as a man does, but will experience the same level of (physical, emotional, spiritual, social/family) damage—or more—within that window of time.
Additionally, the unique experiences of women must be addressed in order to overcome the underlying causes of substance use. Many cite a lack of meaningful relationships or trauma as major influences in the development of addiction. These topics are difficult to discuss with close friends or loved ones, and may become impossible in a mixed group. Women-specific therapy options provide women with a safe place to interact with others who may share similar experiences. This allows them to recover amongst others with whom they can easily relate and helps them build a support network of peers, which is invaluable after treatment has been completed.
Samaritan Colony is not a “free treatment facility.” All medically uninsured clients are asked to pay based on a sliding fee scale to zero, taking into account the family’s financial situation; however, no one is ever refused needed care solely because of the lack of financial resources.
In 2019 the Samaritan Colony (our 12-bed male facility) provided $470,000 in charity care for medically indigent men.
Addiction is a chronic relapsing illness of body, mind and spirit. Addiction requires treatment—not just emergency intervention or medication.
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