Women are more likely to have experienced physical or sexual abuse than men, and commonly present their addiction with a dual diagnosis. Women who are mothers trapped in their addiction bring a special set of frustration and problems to their treatment. The women at The Rose understand this as many of them are mothers in recovery themselves.

Women in treatment (and after treatment) are often at greater risk of relapse than men for a variety of reasons. Women also relapse for different reasons than men do. Our experience has shown that women are more likely to relapse as a result of interpersonal problems, and are also less likely to relapse when they are alone. Because women tend to obtain more social support from friends than do men, they may find themselves more often in situations in which they feel pressured into substance use due to peer interaction. Also, relapse risk is exacerbated when women are in the regular presence of a romantic partner.

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