Our experience is that young men and women often face similar issues, but also have unique needs based on their gender. Gender-specific treatment provides the security and freedom young men and women need to explore who they are, their experience, and how to begin a life in recovery.
For Young Men: The need to establish their own identity creates both problems and opportunities. Caron’s specialized treatment teams are prepared to help young men as they seek to find ways to develop a healthy masculine image. Young men participate in gender-specific groups that offer them the safety to deal with issues related to:
- Cross addictions
- Entitlement and narcissism
- Anger management
For Young Women: Many young women struggling with a substance use disorder have an elevated need for connection. Being in a gender-specific program allows relationships to grow, risks to be taken, and therapeutic work to take place. In having a safe and private space in which they can share their stories honestly and openly with their peers, young women can begin to create a way forward to long-term health and healing. These safe spaces provide an opportunity to address issues like:
- Anger, depression, and anxiety
- Self-injurious behaviors
- Body image
We help them confront those issues, build a sense of confidence, establish healthy boundaries, and better understand how to create and nurture healthy relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.
An important aspect of Caron’s approach to treatment is that teenage girls live during their stay in a building with women of all ages. We have found that this multigenerational residence offers nurturing and support that enhances the young women’s treatment and gives them a network of other women on which they can depend.