The Alano Club, a community based Alcoholics Anonymous facility in Martinez, California, is run by members of the La Jolla council. It is one of eleven regional alcoholics anonymous facilities in the United States and serves as a substitute for an alcoholism treatment program due to the inappropriate suitability for a gender-specific population. According to their qualification criteria, they are only suitable for men who have not been through any substance abuse or addiction. According to their claim, women are more likely to suffer from alcoholism than men, which they say is due to biological differences. Despite this qualification, they continue to run their programs as an all-girls rehab, despite criticism from other agencies and representatives.
So, what is the relevance of a gender-specific drug rehab program? The fact that it is a gender specific, says drug rehabs across the country, means that the people who they serve will be limited to people within that particular gender. Also, they are more likely to specialize in people who have a history of addiction to alcohol or drugs. This further limits the people who can be served, and the extent to which they can be treated. According to the American Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (AADA), a gender-specific drug rehab facility serves only the needs of that specific population.
The Alano Club claims that they offer their services to anyone who needs help with a drug addiction treatment and is not limited to just men. However, their application process is highly unspecific, and their requirement that people be of a certain gender, places them at a disadvantage when it comes to their ability to serve everyone who needs their help. According to the AADA, gender specific drug rehab programs do not meet the standards of the treatment available for drug addicts, or alcoholism in general. According to them, gender specific drug rehabs are not serving their population needs in an effective way.