Opening up about personal issues can be intimidating to those who have never participated in group therapy sessions before seeking addiction treatment.
As humans, we are naturally more inclined to open up around people who are similar to us, whether they are the same gender, age or of the same socioeconomic background. A gender-specific group therapy session that includes exclusively men or exclusively women, and allows clients to feel more comfortable discussing topics that might be more difficult to discuss in a mixed-gender group.
Additionally, gender-specific group therapy allows for the thorough discussion of challenges that are unique to one sex or the other. For example, a man whose addiction has affected his relationship with his spouse and children will feel less isolated knowing that other men in the group are experiencing the same concerns.
There is strength in community. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, we offer support groups that provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where clients can openly discuss the challenges of addiction recovery. A support group setting, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, encourages mutual support and feedback amongst participants while helping clients improve their interpersonal communication skills and express themselves without aggression.