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Local educators team up to focus on treating women’s mental health

July 26, 2017 – Treatment for chemical dependency isn’t a one-size-fits-all process. Our staff clinicians provide an individualized treatment approach that addresses each person’s needs with tailored programming. That method includes a gender-specific model too.

At Malvern Treatment Centers, we value research that shows women’s mental health should be addressed separately. That’s why we launched our Women’s Empowerment (WE) Program in June at our Willow Grove campus.

In a recent article, Villanova nursing faculty member Amy McKeever and her colleague Sue Ellen Alderman discussed the development of a course to offer gender-specific care. One area is dedicated to how addiction affects women differently than men:

[W] omen tend to have more depression and anxiety and eating disorders, their substance-abuse disorders are more complex. They are more likely to have childhood and adult trauma, and because of it their brain chemistry can actually change. When someone lives with untreated trauma, the brain is always in fight-flight-freeze mode, as opposed to responding to a stressor and subsequently resetting to a baseline level of calm. Survivors of trauma are hypervigilant, constantly operating in survival mode. They have higher levels of stress hormones. Women are more susceptible to comorbidity of addiction and mental illness because of all this.

If you or a loved one are living with addiction and have any questions about the Malvern Intervention Model or the Malvern 90-Day Model, please give us a call at 610.MALVERN (610.625.8376).

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