Gender Bias in Addiction Treatment

Best Of Los Angeles • July 26, 2019 • No Comments

Treatment for addiction regarding gender differences varies widely. So much that there’s a growth in calls related to the development of specific pharmacological intervention for female patients. At the Iris Healing Retreat in southern California, therapy concentrates on the variables of gender differences.

This insight considers the different patterns leading to addiction in every gender. Women may fall much less in substance abuse, but their addiction pattern develops earlier than with men. Subsequently, every gender present differently for addiction treatment.

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Bespoke treatment regimens

Iris Healing Retreat center develops treatment regimens for each individual. Everyone is different, so not everybody’s likely to reach the same recover success using similar interventions.

It is now also widely understood that addiction treatment should vary considerably between the genders as well. A research paper published in Current Treatment Options Psychiatry notes that “gender differences exist in the development, course, and treatment of substance abuse disorders (SUD).” The paper also examines the progress made by women from early substance use to abuse, which is far rapid than men. 

For this type of treatment, Iris Healing Retreat has found neurofeedback therapy tremendously efficient. This technique fights the breakdown of neuroplasticity, which is present in older population when the brain loses its capability to adapt to change and join together relevant concepts.

Neurofeedback: unusual, but exciting

Neurofeedback therapy is a way to map areas of the brain that have become problematic and to create a personalized plan involving how to heal that part of the brain to function normally. It’s one of the most exciting technologies in today’s endless array of treatment methodologies is the use of neurofeedback. 

Unlike medications which may not be terribly effective, neurofeedback results are read by a practitioner and are then used to target, treat, and help rewire that part of the brain. Neurofeedback therapy has been utilized for decades to help with disorders such as PTSD, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. It is only recently that it has found its place in the treatment of addiction disorders.

Because of the unique nature of the therapy, neurofeedback is not available everywhere. And it is part of the new treatment programs at the Iris Healing Retreat.

The Implementation of Sounds and Visuals

The neurofeedback therapy involves the use of software that transmits information, sounds, and visuals to the brain via detectors positioned on the head. The sensors pick up unusual and dysfunctional activity in the brain and help to recalculate. Depending on the drug, the brain activity relates to the chemicals that cause unusual patterns and will help regulate regular conditioning. 

It has been found that long-term, when normally situations involving stress or anxiety would have provoked a relapse, an impulsive reaction is radically reduced. It has been shown time and again that the use of neurofeedback therapy is highly successful.

Iris Healing Retreat is a holistic rehabilitation center where empathy and spirituality lead to recovery through the healing of body, mind, and spirit. It is situated about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles. Call (844) 663-4747 to find out more about how they can help you and your loved ones onto the road to recovery.

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