Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment for Women

Take the first courageous steps to reclaiming your life from addiction, with treatment and recovery services designed specifically for the woman you are and aspire to be.
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Addiction Treatment and Recovery Support for Women

Did you know the disease of addiction and the process of recovery affect women differently than men? For example, women tend to:

  • Progress faster in addiction than men
  • Experience more addiction-related mental health problems
  • Face different challenges and barriers to getting help
  • Benefit from different types of recovery support

Our treatment clinicians recognize these and many other gender-related issues and challenges in developing the most-effective treatment plan for each person who turns to us for care. Hazelden Betty Ford’s gender-inclusive addiction treatment approaches and considerations address the needs and concerns of female-identifying patients.

Understanding your particular situation

Denial, fear and shame prevent too many women from taking an honest look at their drinking or other drug use. With expert knowledge and complete confidentiality, Hazelden Betty Ford’s clinicians can help you better understand your personal situation and determine whether our women's rehab program would make sense for you.

If alcohol or drug addiction treatment is recommended, our multidisciplinary care team will consider a variety of factors in developing your individualized recovery plan, including:

  • physical health
  • mental health
  • gender
  • family relationships
  • substances used

Our addiction treatment programs for women provide a safe, supportive place for you to explore sensitive issues as you participate in:

  • individual counseling
  • group counseling
  • educational presentations
  • peer activities and discussions

We maintain separate lodging for female-identifying and male-identifying patients at our inpatient addiction treatment centers.

Extra focus when needed

More often than not, addiction comes with complicating factors such as mental health issues related to depression, anxiety or trauma. Our clinicians take an integrated approach to your health and well-being by addressing all interrelated issues with whatever therapies, services and medications are appropriate.

With you, every step

Regaining and maintaining your health and freedom from addiction means learning to live differently; learning to manage a chronic disease. Hazelden Betty Ford’s help and support won't stop when you complete treatment. You will receive a personalized continuing care plan to guide and inform your recovery. Recommendations for your ongoing care might include:

  • continuation of therapy
  • support group participation
  • recovery services and resources specifically for women

Women, alcohol and addiction

Millions of women in the U.S. engage in drinking behavior that poses a substantial risk to their health and well-being, particularly young women in their late teens and early twenties. Listen in as addiction researcher Audrey Klein, PhD, joined Let’s Talk podcast host William C. Moyers to take a closer look at these challenging issues and trends:

  • What's behind the increased rates of binge and heavy drinking among women?
  • Why does addiction progress more rapidly for women than men?
  • What kinds of medical, mental health and other complications are associated with hazardous drinking for women?

Dr. Klein also addresses the shame factor: Women typically wait longer than men to seek help for addiction, resulting in a more severe progression of the disease.

Want to hear more addiction-related podcasts? Listen at your convenience.

With equal parts information and inspiration,  Let's Talk Addiction & Recovery opens the door to help, healing and hope.

Resources from Hazelden Publishing

A Relapse Prevention Workbook for Women

A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps

Woman Words: A Journal for My Self

A Woman’s Guide to Recovery