Women may sometimes find it difficult to talk about the traumatic experiences and emotional pain they may have gone through in a support group containing both men and women. This is why women’s support groups are of paramount importance when it comes to addiction and substance abuse recovery. While women and men have the same chance of becoming addicted, women are more likely to have cravings and to relapse. With this statistic in mind, women-centered support groups have been created to handle the finer details that complete the recovery process for women.
The Benefits of Women’s Groups
Women’s support groups offer many ways to aid in the rehabilitation of women overcoming the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. They have a strong focus on increasing the self-image of the woman and helping her find the strength to stay true and work through to a better life. Women’s support groups create a safe, non-judgmental place for women to talk about all of the reasons and situations that contributed to the cause of their addiction. They can share their fears and anxieties as well as their recovery wins and new goals in life. It is a non-confrontational community of people with shared experiences helping each other achieve their goals.
To empower the woman is to set her on the route to success and happiness. Having support in areas of womanhood that cause women to feel self-conscious or talked down to, helps a woman to rebuild her self-image. Discussing families and relationships, allows her to get a fresh perspective on how to handle various situations and feel confident that she is in control. Having people who are at the first stage of recovery and are detoxing with her, brings a sense of community, being part of a group, and the knowledge that she is not alone and not the only one going through hard times. By covering all these areas of a woman’s life that could have contributed to her downward spiral towards addiction, she is able to bring herself out of the pits of addiction and move towards a drug-free, more fulfilling life.