Age-and Gender-Specific/Gender-Separate 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. At Origins, we have been a pioneering treatment organization that has offered a variety of patient-focused recovery tracks for many years. Our age and gender-specific programs have long supplied our patients with a brand of addiction and mental health treatment that understands each patients’ unique background and provides care informed by their personal experiences.
At Origins, we do not discriminate or make assumptions based on your gender or your age — but we do 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 who share gender-based life events. Our age-specific and gender-separate programs lay the groundwork for creating a tailored recovery experience that aligns with every patient’s individual lifestyle, goals, and needs.
Age-Specific and Gender-Separate Treatment
In addition to the industry-wide shift toward personalized treatment, our own experience over our combined 30+ years of service has shown us that our patients have better outcomes when grouped according to gender, stages of life, and personalities. To best accommodate the variety of people we treat, Origins Behavioral HealthCare offers comprehensive age-based treatment programs for adults, mid-life adults, and older adults. We also offer gender-specific and gender-separate treatment for men and women, including separate residential facilities and gender-specific staff. Our clinical team and admissions specialists take great care in prioritizing these facets to place each person into a program that meets their individual needs.
Why Age- and Gender-Specific Treatment Matters
Evidence and observation indicate that men and women of different ages struggle with addiction or mental health concerns in different ways. Additionally, age and gender make a difference in the reasons an individual may be struggling with these concerns to begin with. The pressures and stresses associated with gender and age are very different across each category. Examples include:
Women in Early Adulthood and Adulthood
Women who are growing into adulthood — typically age 18 into their 20s — and are settling into their adult lives — in their 30s — often face strong pressures from family, peers, significant others, employers and media messages alike. They may feel as though they are expected to have certain goals, look or act a certain way, enjoy certain activities or meet certain milestones. Younger women are at once told that they should feel powerful and be independent, yet may also be pressured to fulfill more traditional roles in relationships or at home. Women in these age groups are also at a high risk of suffering trauma like sexual assault and emotional or physical abuse, are more frequently faced with challenges like discrimination, lower pay and single motherhood; and are shown to develop substance use disorders more quickly than men.
Women in Middle and Later Life Stages
Women often face immense pressures, discrimination and identity crises as they move beyond what society tells them is their “prime.” There is an unfortunate and incorrect assumption that as women age, they somehow lose value — as they grow older, women may experience age- and gender-based discrimination, lose self-esteem or begin to feel as though it is too late for them to make changes in their lives. They may also have more family or financial responsibilities and stresses than their younger counterparts. Additionally, if older women have been struggling with unmanaged addiction or mental health disorders their whole lives, treatment will 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. Men are also less likely to admit they have a substance use problem and are less willing to talk about mental health concerns. This may stem at least in part from the pressure on young men to be strong, resilient and independent. Many men are taught to keep their feelings to themselves, which not only prevents them from getting the help they need but may also lead to internalized emotional problems that can lead to self-medication with drugs or alcohol. Binge drinking culture among young men has also long been a cause for concern in the United States, as peer pressure to drink or use drugs is highly normalized.
Men in Middle and Later Life Stages
Aging can deeply affect men’s bodies and mentalities. As they grow older, men may feel as though they are losing the energy and virility that defines who they are. This demographic also frequently includes military veterans who are at high risk for mental illness and substance use, and also includes men who have experienced drastic shifts in their life such as the loss of a parent, spouse or other loved one, difficulties in their career, parenting concerns or significant health issues. The resulting emotional toll leads many older men to isolate themselves and turn to alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism, which is a frequent contributor to addiction.
Given the different motivations and factors that influence an individual’s path to addiction, age-specific treatment can incorporate therapies and supports that directly address concerns related to a patient’s stage of life. Age-specific treatment may involve:
- Emphasis on peer interaction and community
- Providers with experience in late-onset addiction
- Acute detox care for patients with 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
At Origins, we understand the unique challenges each age group faces when battling addiction. We also understand that a numerical age does not always correlate to a person’s stage of life. As a result, we refrain from assigning specific age ranges to any of our programs. Instead, we work individually with every patient to ensure they are placed among peers who have shared life events and complementary personalities. Our age-specific treatment is then informed by each peer group’s needs, abilities, lifestyles and experiences.
We offer programs for:
Our approach is based on professional experience and clinical data demonstrating that the separation of men and women into their own environments can substantially improve outcomes. We want all of our patients to feel safe and supported in their treatment environment, and we know this is often best accomplished among same-sex peers. Gender-separate treatment at Origins includes:
- Same-sex residential communities, including gender-specific providers
- Therapists with specialty experience in gender-based concerns
- Emphasis on forming same-sex bonds and building trust and friendships
- Experiential therapies that incorporate gender-specific strengths, interests and motivators
- Touching upon 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
Origins is a pioneer in providing gender-separate treatment and has locations in both Florida and Texas that provide top-tier gender-specific care. In addition to gender-specific care in Florida and Texas, our Texas locations additionally provide gender-separate care. This means that our men’s and women’s programs are contained in separate, self contained, campuses. Our older adult programming at our location in Florida offers a co-educational living environment with gender-specific groups and therapies.
We offer programs that focus on:
To learn more about our age- and gender-specific programs, please reach out to us. We have residential and outpatient treatment facilities in West Palm Beach, Florida and South Padre Island, Texas. Our staff is available to speak with you about your concerns, whether you are seeking treatment for yourself, a loved one or for a patient. Please call us today at 561-841-1296 to get started.