When it comes to substance abuse and other addictive patterns, gender does make a difference. Women start using substances and become addicted differently than men. Their addiction progresses faster, they find it harder to quit, they recover differently, and the reasons they relapse are all different than men. These differences have a substantial impact on the treatment approach for young women.
We recognize that poor self image, feelings of rejection, and unhappy, unfulfilling relationships are significant precursors for substance abuse by young women. It’s key for a young woman to take ownership of her recovery process and feel in control of her own life and happiness. It’s also critical to treat co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD which frequently lie at the root of repeated relapses. As girls develop a healthy identity, recognize their value, and find acceptance and fulfillment through supportive relationships, they will move on to a fulfilling life.
Because addictive behaviors aren’t limited to substance abuse, all girls attend the addictions group in order to learn about the harmful effects of addictive behavior, the addiction cycle and the thinking errors associated with addictive cognition. Various addictive behaviors are discussed such as compulsive stealing, binging and purging, technology use, cutting, relationships and substance addictions. The girls are encouraged to identify their addictive and compulsive thinking patterns. They learn how to manage thinking errors and triggers, and they develop strategies to prevent and manage relapse.
Substance Abuse Group
This group is offered to those girls who have abused substances. This process-oriented group uses a SMART Recovery Clinical approach that focuses on helping girls understand their addiction and work through the core issues associated with substance use. The group educates girls on the health and social consequences of chemical abuse and/or dependency issues. They develop insight into their own behavior as they support each other in sobriety. The girls develop their own relapse prevention plans to help them maintain and commit to a life of sobriety after leaving Uinta.