MAT Creates An Equal Playing Field
Women’s rehab has its own difficulties. When it comes to traditional addiction treatment, women can sometimes be at a disadvantage. For example, in Narcotics Anonymous meetings, men often outnumber women significantly. Unfortunately, women can have more difficulty getting involved because of this imbalance.
Building a network in recovery.
Finding a sponsor is an important part of the 12-step process. The program highly recommends that members find a sponsor of their own gender as discussed in this NA literature about women working with women and men working with men. It also suggests that members get phone numbers from other members to build their support network. In 12-step recovery, the programs always recommend associating only with other members of the same gender. This policy helps newcomers to avoid being sidetracked by issues of relationships they may not be prepared to handle early in recovery.
There are less women than men in 12-step recovery.
Unfortunately, it is a fact that there are less women than men in the meetings. Therefore, there are less women to sponsor other women. Networking and making new friends can be a bit more difficult. Still, there are many women in recovery who are willing to take on sponsees. There are just less of them. Because of this fact, women sponsors may take on more sponsees. Hence, they may be more likely to turn away newcomers looking for a sponsor.
The power of Medication Assisted Treatment
Many women are victims of the opioid epidemic. MAT happens to work very well for opioid addiction, even better than any program that does not use medication. MAT works for women and it is readily available. The social gender issues that come up in public 12-step meetings are not a problem when it comes to medical treatment. Hence, women have the same access to medical treatment that men have. MAT still requires psychotherapy, but attendance at public support groups is not absolutely required.
12-step groups can still be a big part of women’s rehab.
The purpose of this article is not to put down 12-step programs of discourage women from attending. My point is to say that medication-based treatment works best for opioid addiction. And, it gives the patient breathing room to explore additional avenues, such as 12-step groups. While you are in early recovery, trying out various meetings, your risk of relapse on opioids will be far less if you are receiving medical treatment.
Women’s rehab, winning with MAT.
Since MAT with medications such as Suboxone and Sublocade gives you the best chance for success, if you do choose to become fully involved with a 12-step program, you can be there to make a difference. As a woman in recovery, you will help to change the balance in favor of more women compared to men. You can be there to help when newcomer women come in for their first meeting.