Choosing a rehabilitation program for your teenager is never easy. From various forms of treatment programs to boot camps, there are many options to pick from. With all of the possibilities, it is easy to become overwhelmed.
Before you make your final decision, you may want to look at gender-specific treatment programs. Gender-specific treatment programs, also referred to as gender-separate or single gender programs, are treatment programs that are based on the specific needs of one gender. During these programs, patients don’t interact with patients of the opposite sex.
Teenage girls and boys have different social issues that often call for different treatment methods and strategies. Here are four reasons why a gender-specific treatment program may be best for your teenager.
1. Adolescent girls and boys tend to have different co-occurring disorders.
It’s common for people with substance abuse issues to have a co-occurring mental illness. In fact, one-third of alcohol abusers and over half of drug abusers have at least one mental health condition. However, medical professionals have noticed that adolescent girls and boys often have different co-occurring disorders. Girls are more likely to struggle with mood disorders like depression and anxiety. While boys on the other hand, are more likely to have behavioral disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD).
In gender-specific treatment programs, counselors can address the unique needs of each gender in group therapy. If your teenager’s co-occurring disorder is not properly treated, it could interfere with their recovery.
2. Girls with substance use disorders are more likely to have experienced trauma.
Medical professionals have found that teenage girls with substance abuse/addiction problems are more likely to have been victims of physical or sexual abuse than their male peers. Often, female trauma victims use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate their pain.
Gender-specific treatment programs can be beneficial to girls with substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. These programs allow adolescent girls to discuss their traumatic experiences (e.g. sexual assault) in a comfortable setting. Oftentimes, in a mix-gender setting both males and females are reluctant or too embarrassed to share their experiences.
3. They relapse for different reasons.
Studies have shown that females and males often relapse for different reasons. Females tend to struggle with interpersonal problems prior to a relapse. Also, females are more likely to relapse in the presence of their significant others than males are.
A gender-specific treatment program can tailor relapse prevention groups to the unique needs of each gender. Here, your son or daughter can learn coping mechanisms that can help them combat physical or emotional triggers.
4. Gender-specific treatment programs eliminate distractions.
As you already know by now, teenagers experience a roller coaster of emotions during adolescence. During this phase, much of their time is consumed with thinking and worrying about the opposite sex. In a gender-specific program, your son or daughter won’t have to worry about impressing romantic interests with their behavior or wardrobe. This, in turn, allows them to focus 100 percent on their recovery.
Finding the Best Treatment for Your Teen
Nobody knows your teenager better than you do. Think carefully about their unique needs. Do they have co-occurring disorders? Has their life been affected by a traumatic event? Are they boy crazy/girl crazy? If you answered yes to any of the following questions, your son or daughter may be best suited for a gender-specific substance abuse treatment program.
If you are seeking gender-specific treatment for your teen, find help today by calling us at (844)319-5239 or chat now. Our admissions counselors are glad to answer any questions you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.