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Barriers to Treatment for Women

The decision to get help when struggling with addiction is a huge commitment and can be intimidating. This is a difficult decision for most of us. However, as women, we often experience a unique set of challenges that serve as potential barriers to treatment. These challenges don’t commonly present themselves to men, making seeking and receiving treatment for addiction much more difficult for women.

Women are far more likely to live their lives in constant comparison to other women, both their female peers as well as societal norms. It is a phenomenon women have been dealing with for centuries. Surely men understand the pressures to be part of the group and to fit in, but these pressures are significantly more detrimental to women. Demand to be “perfect” in all areas of life including as a wife, a mother, a career woman, a friend, a lover, and many others, compounds and suffocates many women every day. There was a time when women were expected to keep a picture perfect home, raise well-mannered children, be slim and fit, and be a supportive, companionable wife. Today, women are supposed to be all of those things and more. Now many women are expected to be well educated, professional, wage earners in addition to their familial responsibilities.

Women regularly struggle with shame and guilt when faced with addiction. Particularly those women that are mothers, the societal pressure is even higher. Women are raised to believe their self-worth is tied into their productivity, their efficiency, and how “together” they stay throughout life’s twists and turns. When faced with acknowledging their issues with addiction, so many women feel too vulnerable to seek treatment. So often these women also encounter problems with logistics. They just don’t have the resources to be away from their homes and families while staying focused and dedicated to their treatment program.

If you are one of the many women facing these barriers to seeking treatment, know that you are not alone. If you or a loved one is dealing with addiction and can’t seem to find a way out, you’re in the right place. You are only a phone call away from truly understanding that you are not alone and you can beat addiction.

Villa Tranquil Recovery stands as a new staple in the women’s treatment community, offering gender-specific services for women between the ages of 18-65. Our beautiful home in Jupiter Farms, Florida provides a transitional living opportunity for women to continue their treatment process while regaining the skills they need to thrive in sobriety. Owned and operated by clinicians, we offer exceptional care so women can build exceptional lives of recovery. Call us today for information 214-799-3080.