Our 60 years of experience has shown that gender-separate and specific treatment utilizing dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapies are highly effective.
With or without addiction problems, boys and girls are different. They think differently and learn differently. When it comes to addiction and drug rehab, research has shown that adolescent boys have very different responses and motivations to alcohol, drugs, and treatment than adolescent girls. For this reason, we provide gender-separate and specific treatment programs and facilities for girls and boys. Without the distractions of the opposite sex, teens are better able to be themselves and concentrate on their treatment and recovery.
In the following gender-specific sections, it’s important to remember that we look at each patient as an individual. Although our extensive experience allows us to draw some broad conclusions about the trends and tendencies we’ve found in each gender, we do not generalize or categorize any individual.
Our Treatment Program for Teenage Boys
Teenage boys reside together throughout their treatment at Caron within a free-standing building. Through individual, group, and family programming, they are encouraged to express their emotions as opposed to suppressing or “stuffing” their feelings. We give teen boys a safe environment in which to truly open up and discuss gender-specific issues such as:
- low self-esteem
At Caron, we treat the whole person, not just the addiction, and this can often mean simultaneously treating other disorders or problems in addition to the addiction. For teen boys, these co-occurring disorders or conditions include:
- mood disorders
- anger issues
- sexual issues
- self-injurious behaviors
- family problems
Our Treatment Program for Teenage Girls
Teenage girls reside together throughout their treatment at Caron within a free-standing all-female building that provides programming for teen girls, young women (20-25) and adult women (25-60+) under one roof. This multi-generational structure provides an environment where female patients can form trusting relationships and build a solid foundation for lasting recovery.
Teenage girls face pressures from school and peers that may be difficult for adults to understand. These pressures can cause them to feel inadequate or lost, resulting in negative behaviors including not only alcohol and drug use but also:
- co-occurring psychiatric and mental health issues
- family conflict
- low self-esteem or self-loathing
- cutting & self-injurious behaviors
- body image issues
Building Healthy Relationships
Teenage girls live together and work together in groups throughout their treatment at Caron. This close contact with other girls allows us to work on one of the most important elements for recovery for this group: building healthy relationships.
Nearly all of our female teenage patients arrive at Caron saying “I hate other girls.” Girls are deeply affected by body issues, and they seem to hold onto grudges longer than boys. Living and working together in a community of other young women, supporting each other, problem-solving together, and learning to trust each other is key to changing girls’ attitudes toward these important relationships. The girls who arrive at Caron with that negative attitude usually leave having developed vital friendships among their peers.
One element affecting girls’ relationships with other girls is their relationships with their mothers. Our staff is familiar with codependent relationships between adolescent girls and their mothers that can involve control issues and other factors. All the aspects of counseling--individual, group, and family--are critical to healing and getting beyond these issues.