According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, over 15% of women over the age of 18 used an illicit drug within the past year.

Addiction is a serious illness that requires the right treatment. Understanding the timeline of addiction treatment, as well as specific programs, can be a great way to prepare. With appropriate treatment, lifelong recovery is possible.


The first step in addiction treatment is breaking ties to your substance of choice. This can be challenging because it often brings on withdrawal symptoms. Thankfully, detox often lasts just a week or two.

You should complete detox in a dedicated detox facility. Medical supervision can ensure excellent care. Once patients have completed withdrawal, they can advance to addiction recovery programs with a psychological, emotional and spiritual focus.

Does Gender Make a Difference?

Scientific studies show that while men and women can both struggle with addiction and drug use, their experiences can differ drastically. Addiction can occur for women using less of a substance and can happen in shorter amounts of time. Hormones can also make women more sensitive to the effects of certain substances.


After detox, residential treatment is arguably the most effective means of recovery. Many women thrive in a women’s only residential facility. These types of facilities allow for security and comfort and put many individuals at ease.

The cornerstone of most treatment programs is individual as well as group therapy. Therapy can achieve a variety of goals. It might help explore underlying causes of addiction, or it could showcase the triggers most likely to cause a relapse.

While individual or one-on-one therapy is hugely beneficial, group therapy is also crucial to recovery. In group settings, patients can share with one another, be vulnerable and get advice from others who are in similar situations. Family therapy can also help loved ones learn to support, but not enable, those struggling with addiction.

Whether patients struggle with alcohol addiction, heroin addiction or a number of other addictions, treatment may follow along with a 12-step program. Treatment professionals widely use this method. It has a spiritual component that many patients appreciate.

Education is also beneficial for patients going through a recovery program. It’s important for these individuals to understand what addiction is, why it develops and what they can do to overcome it. Also, patients can learn more about relapse, coping mechanisms and why sobriety is critical for lasting recovery.

Effects of Drug Use and Addiction on Infants:
  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Birth defects
  • Premature birth
  • Low weight at birth
  • Smaller head size


Short-term rehab is an option, but those who commit to 90 days or more often see the best results. Even beyond residential care, however, patients should continue treatment. At Soledad House, we offer sober living and IOP.

A sober living home is a transition between 24/7 residential care and independent living. It allows patients to have flexibility and control over their own schedules, which is part of recovery. However, it also provides them with plenty of support. Sober living residents still benefit from accountability, group therapy, and other amenities.

Even after time in a sober living program, nobody’s ever entirely free from the risk of relapse. That’s why ongoing care, treatment, and even AA or NA meetings are critical to ongoing health, happiness, and sobriety.

Addiction treatment can mean the difference between being tied to drugs and alcohol and living a fulfilling life. At Soledad House in San Diego, California, we design our treatment plans to deliver lasting results. Call 866-314-3222 for more information on women’s only recovery.

From 1999 to 2014, the number of women at labor struggling with an opioid use disorder quadrupled.
Symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome:

1 Diarrhea

2 Fever

3 Irritability

4 Blotchy skin

5 Seizures

6 Problems with sleep

7 Slow gaining of weight

8 Trembling

“I was in Hazelden and thought I should go to a recovery home instead of Hazelden’s extended care program. I spoke with a counselor and she gave me a Soledad House brochure. The Hazelden counselor thought it was a reputable place and several other women from Hazelden had gone there. I found the counselors at the Soledad House comparable to those at Hazelden. My stay at the house was a time for self-examination and there was just enough down time to get back in touch with what makes me happy. Soledad House had a great support staff which provided the guidance I needed.”

Aileen, Chicago IL
Protecting yourself and your child is possible with the right help. Call Soledad House today at (866) 314–3222 for addiction treatment services.