Treating Addiction Issues in Young Women
When young people are struggling with complex emotional problems and mental health issues, they will sometimes look for unhealthy outlets to express or relieve their pain. Teens may turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, and that can make treating their underlying mental health issues more complicated. At Gulf Coast Treatment Center, we are ready and equipped to work with young women who are struggling with addiction and substance abuse disorders. We hold a Chapter 397 license from the Florida Department of Children and Family Services to provide substance abuse treatment.
Our Treatment Approach
Through a mix of treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, addiction education, and relapse prevention, we create a treatment plan that targets the cycles that trigger substance use while also treating underlying mental health issues through individual and group therapy. All residents age 13 and older are assessed with the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) assessment tool to identify any possible substance abuse issues even when a resident may be reluctant to reveal or admit to potential addiction issues. When a resident is dually-diagnosed with mental health issues and addiction, integrated treatment has been shown through evidence-based research to lead to better long-term outcomes.
Gulf Coast Treatment Center utilizes the Stages of Change Model, which helps assess “where the resident is” as it relates to substance use: their emotional headspace, their feelings, and what triggers the substance use. Through this model, we can slowly go through the stages of change, discovering origins and triggers for use, and working with the resident on relapse prevention planning. We also incorporate the Seven Challenges curriculum and motivational interviewing techniques, two evidenced-based models that help residents identify life changes they want to make and set milestones to realize them. Our goal is to provide our residents with the tools they need to make long-term changes for their physical and mental health.