When it comes to addiction, it is important that clients feel safe, comfortable and supported throughout recovery. Women and men experience different challenges when dealing with addiction and respond in different ways. Gender-responsive treatment allows clients to focus on the issues prevalent in their lives and address them in ways that work best for them. Whereas women often turn to drugs or alcohol to maintain a relationship or fill a void, men often use drugs or alcohol to avoid connections all together. Gender-responsive treatment at Crossroads recognizes these differences and approaches them in ways that support each gender in their recovery.