Drug abuse and addiction affect millions of young women every year. For this reason, The Oak Forest Recovery offers life-changing drug addiction and mental health treatment that promotes lasting change. With the support of our dually credentialed, substance abuse and mental health Master’s level clinical team, women can regain control of their lives and gain the confidence needed to succeed in sobriety. Addiction is a problem impacting millions of women of all ages and ethnicities in the United States. Unfortunately, many women put off treatment because of guilt and shame, cultural expectations, or family reasons.
Women and men respond to addiction (and treatment) in different ways. When women become mentally and physically dependent on a substance, they show earlier signs, face more severe symptoms, and deal with mental health complications more often than male counterparts. Designed to meet the unique emotional, psychological, medical, and social needs of participants, our Oak Forest Recovery rehab programs help adult women get their lives back on track.
Why young women face unique challenges
Studies indicate that women:
- Progress from substance use to substance abuse more quickly than men, even when they are using less.
- Struggle more with relapse than male clients.
- Recover differently than their male counterparts.
While addiction to alcohol and other drugs is an equal opportunity disease, young women are affected differently than young men. Generally speaking, young women progress faster in addiction than young men, face different barriers in getting help, and recover differently.
The following is a list of common challenges young adults face, and how our program addresses each area.
Addressing Brain Development: The brain is still developing well into a young adult’s 20’s-and with late bloomers, beyond. Oak Forest Recovery Center clinicians are trained in brain development of young adults and their propensity for risky behavior and lack of reason.
Overcome the Consequences: Our clinicians will provide age-appropriate therapy that helps them understand their risk-taking behaviors with drugs and alcohol have dangerous, life-threatening consequences. Therapists teach them how to overcome the consequences of bad decisions of the past and look forward to the future.
Understand the Brain and Body: Young adults learn best through sensory experiences, action and visual engagement. We offer a wide range of therapeutic activities in purposeful spaces which are designed for the psychological and physical well-being of our young adult patients in recovery.
Succinct Teachings: Clinical content created for the Young Adult’s Program with handheld technology and the pace of information delivery, we work within the young adult’s attention span. Now they can focus on the work of recovery and learn the tools and skills necessary for continued sobriety without social intimidation or distraction.
Overcoming Anger and Shame: From day one in treatment, our clinicians are trained to establish trust and rapport with our patients. Our therapists are skilled at allowing young adults to feel comfortable in group therapy so they can identify and discuss their feelings without fear of appearing weak or ashamed. We counsel young adults to dig deep to identify their feelings and learn to react appropriately to those feelings in recovery. Issues with anger and shame frequently prevent recovery, our clinicians are trained to teach anger management skills and give young adults the tools to combat feelings of shame.
Understanding Trauma: Our therapists are trained in the types and patterns of trauma that a young adult battling substance use disorder might have experienced.
Treating Trauma: Our clinicians are highly skilled in integrating evidence-based practices combining time-tested and research-supported techniques from several scientific and psychological disciplines to meet the individual needs of our patients.
Recover Life: Our therapies enable a young adult to address his or her past and help the individual face their future with positivity and confidence.
Life-Long Relationships: Our Young Adult’s Program provides what frequently lacks in society for a young adult with substance use disorder: a sense of belonging. Young adults have a need to be a part of a group or fellowship. By bringing young adults together in an age-specific environment to address their specific physiological and psychological needs, they become part of an important group.
Friends Supporting Friends: We give patients the opportunity to feel they belong to a supportive community with a common goal of tackling addiction and beginning a life of meaningful and sustaining recovery.
Oak Forest Recovery Women’s Rehab Program
Social and community support is vital to a young adult’s success in recovery from substance addiction. Experience proves that building a strong support foundation now will help each individual launch into sustainable, long-term recovery. If you are a young person 18 to 30 years old who is struggling to find meaning in life beyond addiction, call (805) 390-6647 to speak with a Oak Forest Recovery specialist.