Although the disease of addiction is not one of discrimination, it affects individuals of different genders in very different ways. It has been proven over the years that females who attend gender-specific rehab facilities have far higher success rates than those who undergo treatment at co-ed facilities for several differing reasons. Firstly, females tend to face a diversity of very gender specific obstacles that go hand-in-hand with addiction. Pregnancy, childbirth, menstruation, and menopause all play significant roles in addiction. It is not uncommon for new mothers to begin drinking heavily with no prior history of substance abuse of any kind, and relapse rates tend to be exceedingly higher around ‘that time of the month’. While topics such as these can be openly discussed in an all-female treatment setting, there may be some discomfort in discussing such things around males. Secondly, aside from increased comfort levels, all-female treatment centers prevent extraneous distractions provided by co-ed environments. Relationships started in early sobriety (frequently referred to as ‘rehab romances’) can be hugely detrimental to the recovery process. Any kind of external interference in the healing process of self-discovery will hinder overall growth significantly. Therefore, gender-exclusive treatment centers tend to be the best choice.