Gender Specific

Experts are increasingly identifying gender as an important component that influences addiction treatment and outcome.
Failure to address this compromises recovery.Business Team at Computer

Some examples:

  • The effects of drug addiction and alcoholism are very different for women and men;
  • Physical and psychological responses to drugs and alcohol are also different;
  • Female alcohol and substance use tends to lead to low self-esteem and depression;
  • Men are more likely to struggle with a sense of failure and discouragement.

ARCH: Gender-Specific Treatment Criteria
ARCH recognizes and addresses the need for comprehensive addiction treatment tailored specifically to women and specifically to men;[list type=”check”]

  • We identify and target female and male gender specific factors that influence your addiction patterns, and our treatment of your alcohol and Substance Use Disorders;
  • All aspects of your Initial Evaluation, Treatment Plan and Continuing Care Program are based on Gender Specific Criteria.

Gender: Differing Patterns of Poly-Drug Addiction

  • Females and males aged 15-24 tend to use marijuana and stimulants combined with alcohol or hallucinogens such as
    mushrooms or LSD;
  • Females over 30 prefer to combine alcohol, marijuana, benzodiazepines and sleep mediations;
  • Males, aged 20-30 combine cocaine and prescription stimulants with alcohol or opioids;
  • Males over the age of 30 tend to use prescription opioids, alcohol and sedatives.

Did you Know?

  • Women who develop substance abuse problems tend to develop them later in life and recovery rates are higher than men;
  • Women are older than men are when they begin drinking to intoxication, but once they develop a pattern of regular intoxication, they lose control over their drinking more quickly than men;
  • Women have a higher incidence of Dual Diagnosis;


  • When women develop substance abuse problems, they report problems of greater severity and experience more health-related consequences;
  • Women’s problems related to substance abuse interfere with functioning in more areas of life than men’s do;
  • Women alcohol and substance users are twice as likely to have thoughts or attempt suicide…men are three times as likely to actually kill themselves… men’s attempts are more violent and often involve weapons while women generally use pills.

Recovery Outcomes

  • Women in substance abuse treatment are less likely to relapse during treatment than men;
  • Women who complete treatment are nine times more likely to be abstinent than women who do not;
  • Men and women are equally likely to complete treatment;
  • Men who complete treatment are three times more likely to be abstinent than men who do not.

Please call us in Danvers:

(978) 820-5500

Dr. Michael J. Kittay, M.D.
160 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923
Phone. (978) 820-5500
Fax. 978-820-5502

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