One of the major choices when deciding on a rehab is the gender aspect. One choice is a gender-specific rehab where participants are either male or female. The other choice is a co-ed addiction treatment program where participants are both male and female. Co-ed treatment has many benefits.
There are many positive factors regarding co-ed addiction treatment.
Wider choice of programs
Most addiction treatment programs are co-ed. Thus, the choices for rehab are much greater if you go co-ed.
Modeling of opposite sex interactions
For many people, the roots of addiction are in relationships with the opposite sex. Co-ed rehab can help participants learn how to deal with the opposite sex in more effective and healthier ways.
Separation of the genders is rare in real life. A mix of men and women in a co-ed addiction treatment program creates a more natural environment.
Erases misconceptions about the opposite sex
It’s common for one gender to harbor sexist opinions about the other gender. A co-ed addiction treatment program can help participants form more realistic beliefs. More educated opinions can lead to better choices.
Co-ed rehab fosters interactions between males and females. This can bring out each other’s underlying issues faster compared to a single-gender setting. For example, low self-esteem, weight, and body issues may come up more when men and women interact regularly. As these issues surface, they can be worked through in therapy.
What Does Co-Ed Addiction Treatment Look Like?
Co-ed addiction treatment provides:
Individual and group counseling
Healing from drug or alcohol addiction
Teaching coping skills to avoid relapse
Co-ed treatment programs also:
Treat any mental health disorders
Provide aftercare services
Arrange sober living homes when needed after residential rehab
Co-ed treatment does discourage romances from starting while in rehab. Romantic or sexual contact is usually against the rules. In some rehabs, a romantic or sexual relationship can result in getting kicked out of the program.
Who is Co-Ed Treatment Recommended For?Co-ed addiction treatment is recommended for people who understand that romance and sex are not going to be part of rehab. Co-ed rehab is a good choice if it’s understood that to recover and maintain sobriety, the focus needs to be solely on their recovery outcomes. Romance should not be a consideration as it will only serve as a distraction.
Gender Treatment Outcome Differences
There are similarities and differences between gender and treatment outcomes. For both, it’s better to go to rehab than do nothing at all: 1
Men and women are equally likely to complete treatment
Women who copleted treatment were 9 times more likely to stay sober than women who did not finish rehab
Men who completed treatment were only 3 times more likely to stay sober than men who did not finish rehab