Help for Teen Girls – Teen Girls and Substance Abuse
Inspirations Teen Rehab provides gender specific- teen girls drug abuse treatment and girl’s behavior therapy, in a nurturing and therapeutic environment. Inspirations Teen Girl’s Addiction Treatment Program provides opportunities for girls to share their experiences in gender specific therapeutic groups, where each girl can process female issues, experiences, and perceptions relative to each teen’s life. The number of teen girls using or abusing drugs and alcohol is equal to teen boy’s drug use and drug abuse. Girls are also smoking cigarettes as much as boys. Yet, the issues girls bring to teen therapy and teen drug abuse treatment are often different than as with teenage boys.
Inspirations Teen Rehab for Girls also provides gender specific High School Education. Inspirations provides teen girls education format, allowing for girls to focus more on their studies and less on distractions from teen boys. In providing gender specific education, Inspirations Teen Rehab for Girls has witnessed a decline of girls focus on appearance and perceptions of their appearance from boys. Although it is necessary for girls and boys to learn to interact appropriately with each other, Inspirations limits their involvement to specific activities, which are monitored and structured.
Inspirations Teen Rehab also provides tutoring, allowing individual teens to improve in academic areas in which the teen shows signs of struggle. Inspirations teen addicton treatment center also provides “Online” programs for additional program and academic opportunities, including SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) preparation and early college course classes.
Recent studies of adolescent girls and drug abuse, reveal that girls use and abuse drugs for different reasons than boys. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDP), a three-year study on women and young girls (ages 8–22) from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University revealed that girls and young women use substances for reasons different than boys and young men. The study also found that the signals and situations of higher risk are different and that girls and young women are more vulnerable to abuse and addiction: they get hooked faster and suffer the consequences sooner than boys and young men. (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the Formative Years: Pathways to Substance Abuse Among Girls and Young Women Ages 8–22, February 2003)
According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 42.9% of women ages 12 or older reported using an illicit drug at some point in their lives. Approximately 12.2% of females ages 12 and older reported past year use of an illicit drug and 6.3% reported past month use of an illicit drug. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). However, males and females had similar rates of past month nonmedical use (abuse) of psychotherapeutic drugs (2.6 and 2.4 percent, respectively), pain relievers (2.0 and 1.8 percent), tranquilizers (0.7 and 0.8 percent), stimulants (0.4 percent for both), methamphetamine (0.1 percent for both), and sedatives (0.1 percent for both). These statistics are located on the web: oas.samhsa.gov. At Inspirations Teen Rehab, each teenage girl is provided the time and opportunity to grow in mind, body and spirit, focusing on goals and the psychological tools and life tools needed to reach her goals.