Finding a treatment center that’s right for your teen’s unique needs should come first and foremost when searching for a residential treatment program. At Ascend, we offer a safe, compassionate space that ensures our treatment programs in a girls-only facility fulfill the needs of teens who are working to overcome trauma and anxiety. This approach can be life-changing for anyone who feels safer for teens struggling with certain types of mental health concerns.
If you think an all-girl treatment program could be the right fit for your teen, it’s time to learn more. Check out this blog for information on the benefits of treatment in a girls-only facility.
What Are Treatment Programs for Girls?
A residential facility that focuses on girl-only treatment provides a safe place for teens to recover from a wide variety of substance abuse problems and mental health issues. At Ascend, we have several problem-specific facilities, including Empress for substance use, Trails for all-boy treatment, and Canyons for all-girl treatment. Depending on the evaluation during your child’s admission process, you may find that one of these facilities may be a better fit for your needs.
When it comes to our facility for girls, we’ve designed a client-centric approach that focuses on the family dynamic and develops personalized treatment programs with a community-based atmosphere. Teen girls often have unique needs when going through recovery that include:
- Specialized treatment progression – Girls metabolize alcohol and drugs faster than boys, which means they can develop an addiction more quickly.
- Shame and denial – Girls may have less difficulty admitting when they need support, making them more open to treatment.
- Need for community – Teens girls are generally solitary than boys and respond better to a communal approach to recovery.
These are just a few of the many factors we consider before placement that ensure the benefits of treatment for girls in our Canyons facility.
A Trauma-Focused Approach
At Canyons, we treat girls that have had significant, sometimes sexual, trauma in their past. These clients often feel more comfortable away from boys and open up more easily with peers who have similar struggles. One of the benefits of treatment for girls at Canyons is the supportive community that removes some of the pressure and anxiety that comes with revealing their innermost worries and concerns.
Safety & Security
Ascend’s treatment center for girls benefits them, as it provides a safe, supportive environment where girls are distanced from stressors and negative influences. In this environment, clients experience a renewed sense of safety enables teens to feel comfortable talking about their experiences, allowing them to get to the root cause of their substance use or mental health issues.
Personalized Therapy & Treatment
While the community aspect plays a significant role in the recovery process, getting personalized attention is also critical for facilitating long-term recovery during their stay with us. Whether teens are suffering from low self-esteem, trauma, or depression, our care providers can focus on client-specific needs to address concerns appropriately.
A Versatile Approach
Another powerful benefit of a treatment for girls in a gender-specific facility is that we can utilize a more targeted array of treatment protocols to provide a multi-pronged approach for better mental health, including:
Individual and group counseling
Dual diagnosis treatment
Experiential and recreational therapy
Aftercare and sober living homes
Transferrable Skill Development
Within the transformative environment of a treatment program for girls, teens are able to develop skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. Some of the skills teens learn include ways to manage cravings and negative self-talk, how to treat the body and mind equally, and how to improve their communication skills to better affect the family dynamic.
We also explore more tangible skills and interests, including growing food and cooking, writing and painting, problem-solving through group games and puzzles, and maintaining balanced emotions during difficult times through activities like surf therapy and animal-assisted therapy.
A Better Way Forward with Ascend
Nothing empowers change and growth like being involved in a kind and nurturing community. Being surrounded by fellow girls with similar goals and struggles can be a life-changing experience for teens committed to improving their lives and recovering from a difficult past.