Specialized Services

Gender- and Age-Specific Addiction Treatment Options

Treating adults for over 35 years

Origins Behavioral Healthcare: Gender- and Age-Specific Addiction Treatment Options
Origins Behavioral Healthcare: Gender- and Age-Specific Addiction Treatment Options


With emerging studies indicating that an individualized approach to behavioral healthcare can be more effective than traditional, broadly applicable methods, there has been a significant trend toward targeted, personalized care among addiction and mental health treatment providers.  Our age- and gender-specific programs have long supplied a brand of addiction and mental health treatment that understands your unique background and provides care informed by your personal experiences.

At Origins, we do not discriminate or make assumptions based on your gender or age — we know that these qualities play a vital role in who you are, how you arrived at this stage of your life, and what types of treatment approaches will resonate with you. We also know that trust and community are often easier built between people who are part of your generation or share your gender-based life events. Our age- and gender-specific addiction and mental health treatment programs lay the groundwork for creating a tailored recovery experience that aligns with your lifestyle, goals, and needs.

Gender- and Age-Specific Treatment

In addition to the industry-wide shift toward personalized treatment, our experience over our 35+ years of service has shown us that our patients have better outcomes when grouped according to gender and stages of life. We offer comprehensive age-based treatment programs for adults, mid-life adults, and older adults. We also offer gender-specific rehab, including separate residential facilities for men and women. Our clinical team and admissions specialists take great care in prioritizing these facets for you in a program that meets your individual needs.

Why Gender-Separate and Age-Specific Treatment Matters

Evidence and observation indicate that men and women of different ages struggle with addiction or mental health concerns differently. Additionally, age and gender make a difference in why you may struggle with these concerns. The pressures and stresses associated with gender and age are very different.

Women in Early Adulthood and Adulthood

Typically, women age 18 into their 20s are growing into adulthood and settling into their adult lives in their 30s. If you are in this age group, you often face intense pressure from family, peers, significant others, employers, and media messages. You may feel that you are expected to have specific goals, look or act a certain way, enjoy certain activities, or meet certain milestones. As a younger woman, you may be told that you should feel powerful and be independent, yet you may also be pressured to fulfill more traditional roles in relationships or at home. You may be at a high risk of suffering trauma like sexual assault and emotional or physical abuse. You are more frequently faced with discrimination, lower pay, and single motherhood. As a woman in early adulthood and adulthood, you may develop substance use disorders more quickly than men. 

Women in Middle and Later Life Stages

Women often face immense pressures, discrimination, and identity crises when moving beyond what society says is “prime.” There is an unfortunate and incorrect assumption that aging women somehow lose value. If you are in this age group, you may experience age- and gender-based discrimination, lose self-esteem, or begin to feel as though it is too late for you to make changes in your life. You may also have more family or financial responsibilities and stresses than your younger counterparts. Additionally, if you have been struggling with unmanaged addiction or mental health disorders your whole life, treatment may require more care and attention than shorter-lived concerns.

Men in Early Adulthood and Adulthood

Men are more likely to use alcohol or illicit drugs than women, and young men — ages 18 to 25 in particular — have a significantly higher rate of substance use disorders than other age groups. If you are in this age group, you are also less likely to admit you have a substance use problem and be less willing to talk about mental health concerns. This may stem at least in part from the pressure on you to be strong, resilient, and independent. Many men your age are taught to keep feelings to yourselves, which prevents help and may lead to internalized emotional problems and self-medication with drugs or alcohol. Binge drinking culture among young men has also long been a cause for concern in the U.S., as peer pressure to drink or use drugs is highly normalized.

Men in Middle and Later Life Stages

Aging can profoundly affect men’s bodies and mentalities. If you identify with this age group, as you grow older, you may feel as though you are losing the energy and virility that defines who you are. This demographic often includes military veterans at high risk for mental illness and substance use. You may have experienced drastic life shifts such as losing a parent, spouse, or other loved one, difficulties in your career, parenting concerns, or significant health issues. The resulting emotional toll may lead you to isolate yourself and turn to alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism, a frequent contributor to addiction.

Age-Specific Addiction Treatment

Given the different motivations and factors that influence your path to addiction, age-specific treatment can incorporate therapies and supports that directly address concerns related to your stage of life. Your treatment may involve the following:

  • Emphasis on peer interaction and community
  • Providers with experience in late-onset addiction
  • Acute detox care for long-term addiction
  • Focus on life-stage-relevant topics during treatment sessions
  • Therapies that incorporate age-appropriate interests and abilities
  • Messaging that it is “never too late” to change a life
  • Added support for physical health concerns

We understand the unique challenges your age group faces when battling addiction. We also know that a numerical age does not always correlate to your stage of life. As a result, we refrain from assigning specific age ranges to any of our programs. Instead, we work with you individually to ensure you are placed among peers with shared life events and complementary personalities. Our age-specific treatment is then informed by your peer group’s needs, abilities, lifestyles, and experiences.

We offer programs for: 

Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment

Our professional experience and clinical data demonstrate that separating men and women into their own environments can substantially improve outcomes during addiction treatment. We want you to feel safe and supported in your treatment environment, and we know this is often best accomplished among same-sex peers.

Gender-separate treatment at Origins includes the following:

  • Same-sex residential communities
  • Therapists with specialty experience in gender-based concerns
  • Emphasis on forming same-sex bonds and building trust and friendships
  • Experiential therapies addressing gender-specific strengths, interests, and motivators
  • Common gender-based topics such as sexual trauma or motherhood for women and emotional openness or cultural expectations with men
  • Physical healthcare for gender-specific concerns

We are a pioneer in gender-specific treatment and have residential locations in Florida and Texas that provide top-tier care. In addition to gender-specific care in Florida and Texas, our locations in Southern Texas provide gender-separate care in separate, self-contained campuses. Our older adult programming in Florida offers a co-educational living environment with gender-specific groups and therapies.

We offer programs that focus on the following:

Contact Origins

To learn more about our gender-separate and age-specific rehabs in Florida and Texas, please reach out to us. Our residential and outpatient treatment facilities are in West Palm Beach, Florida, South Padre Island, Texas, and Dallas, Texas. Our staff is available to speak with you about your concerns, whether you are seeking treatment for yourself, a loved one, or your patient. Please call us today at 561-841-1286 to get started.

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If you or someone you love has a substance use or mental health disorder, Origins Behavioral HealthCare can help. We will work alongside you to provide the most comprehensive treatment available.