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The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry explains that the purpose of residential treatment programs is to “provide intensive help for youth with serious emotional and behavioral problems.”

A young woman in residential treatment will temporarily reside at the treatment center where she will be supervised and monitored by trained staff. A high-quality residential treatment program should employ a range of psychotherapeutic modalities to create a tailored treatment program that focuses on each of the nuanced needs of its female residents. Some of the therapeutic modalities that are frequently used in young women’s residential treatment programs could include but are not limited to CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), expressive arts therapies, narrative therapy, existential therapy, DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), relational therapy, family education and support, group therapy and more. There are several advantages for young women to attend an all-girls treatment center, such as: 

    • Reduced distractions: Many people find living with other individuals of the same gender to be comforting and the least distracting option. Gender-specific facilities often eliminate the temptations that can arise when living in a co-ed situation.
    • Relapse prevention: an integral component of any residential treatment program is to develop a customized aftercare plan that includes individualized relapse prevention methods, and non-co-ed treatment centers are often better equipped to provide female-focused relapse prevention suggestions and resources. 
  • Female-centered perspective: An all-female treatment facility will fundamentally prioritize supporting the unique needs of women during treatment.
  • Cultivating support network: By electing to attend a female-only treatment program, residents will embark on the recovery journey with a built-in network that is made up of other women, which can be invaluable to one’s continued success. 

While there is a myriad of reputable all-girls residential treatment centers, some people will elect to send their children to co-ed treatment. In many cases, this is because young women are at increased risk of developing certain mental health ailments (e.g., mood disorders, eating disorders, etc.) that can cause distressing behaviors (e.g., self-harming behaviors: cutting, burning, excessive piercing, etc.) that are difficult to be around and are often more present in girls’ treatment centers. 

Further Information and Support

Navigating the challenges that arise from living with mental illness, struggling with substance abuse, and/ or addiction can not only be all-consuming but are often impossible to effectively handle without proper support. If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding mental illness, substance abuse, and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. Bear in mind that you do not have to be on this journey alone. At {Upwell Advisors}, we offer unique, customized concierge therapeutic services to provide our clients with unparalleled support throughout every step of the recovery process. 

Feel free to reach to contact us anytime via email at sean@upwelladvisors.com. We look forward to supporting you on your journey.

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