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Adam Mulligan

Women More Likely to Relapse After Rehab Than Men

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Adam Mulligan, (2022, October 2). Women More Likely to Relapse After Rehab Than Men. Psychreg on Psychotherapy. https://www.psychreg.org/women-more-likely-relapse-after-rehab-than-men/
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New statistics in the US have shown that women experience more intense cravings following short-term abstinence (such as a residential rehab) than men and are therefore more likely to relapse in the short term following rehab discharge unless more dedicated help is provided to get them back into the normal world.

According to Susan Macdonald, an expert female addiction counsellor and lead therapist at Balance Addiction Therapy in Lincolnshire: ‘The first few weeks after rehab is where new habits are made and a new life is enjoyed for often the first time. It’s a crucial few days that can be very challenging, being thrust back into your home and social environment without the tools and new habits to properly adjust.’

Although women are less likely to use drugs than men those that do are statistically more likely to develop problems with that usage. Additionally, women very commonly suffer from substance abuse following either a life or childhood trauma. It has been found that behavioural abuse such as codependency is noticeably higher in women and presents as active prevention of long-term recovery. Therefore a holistic approach has been found to produce stronger, deeper and longer-lasting recovery.

Balance Addiction Therapy Centre in picturesque rural Lincolnshire is a Women Only Specialist Luxury Rehab and Sober Living Home. A unique place of calm, Balance Addiction Therapy is a specialised, one on one, unique environment, where Recovery is not only a goal but a way of life.

The expert team at Balance Addiction Therapy offer a Luxury Rehab (including medical detox where necessary) for those seeking to enter Recovery and also for those that are leaving a rehab, they offer short-term ‘readjustment’; a home-from-home to get your life back on track.

The first few weeks after rehab are where new habits are made and a new life is enjoyed for often the first time. It’s a crucial few days that can be very challenging, being thrust back into your home and social environment without the tools and new habits to properly adjust.

At Balance Addiction Therapy they offer a short-term residential ‘Sober Living House’ where your needs can be catered for and help can be given, on a one-on-one basis, to ensure that you do indeed cross that ‘bridge to normal living’ where new systems and new tools can be either built or reinforced to help you to enjoy your new life in Recovery without the stress and pain of your old life.

Many women who embark on the recovery journey from Drug or alcohol abuse find that sharing details of their lives and circumstances in a group environment or even when men are present can be exceptionally challenging.  This is most especially true for those that have survived and escaped from the added pressure of domestic violence.

Balance Addiction Therapy has a female-only therapy team and only works with one client at a time to ensure both privacy and the shared empathy that only a female-to-female therapy can truly enjoy.

They work with the client to create a unique and dedicated programme to meet them wherever they are in their journey to Recovery and to ensure that they have the very best possible opportunity to get their life back into Balance. For more information on Balance Addiction Therapy, check out their website on bespoke Female Only Rehab.


Adam Mulligan did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.


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