Gender-Responsive Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment
Clinical care is at the heart of our women’s program. A woman’s experience of addiction affects her physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The work of entering recovery not only requires cessation of substance use, but the pivotal establishment of new ideas, behaviors, and reasons for living. Turnbridge’s commitment to pioneering and maintaining the most effective treatment earned our program the highest level of CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation.
Drug and alcohol abuse affects women differently than men. Women are physiologically affected more severely by substances due to the way their bodies metabolize and respond to substancesl. As a result, they are more likely to become dependent in a shorter period of time, and suffer more severe health consequences. Women face harsh social stigma, isolation, and alienation from family and friends which threatens loss of self-worth and can creates a crisis of identity at a crucial time in her development. The lifestyle that accompanies substance use often exposes young women to mental and physical trauma that, unaddressed, can prevent her from experiencing authentic happiness. Personal relationships also play a unique role in fortifying against or increasing a young woman’s vulnerability. The Turnbridge clinical program offers treatment tailored to each woman’s specific needs. Here, women will have access to both group and individual therapy on a regular basis, with more frequent sessions as needed. She will work throughout her time here with the same therapist, maximizing the opportunity to forge a strong and trusting relationship, and receipt of excellent continuity of care. Additionally, she will receive ongoing psychiatry and medication management, as well as appropriate gynecologic care. Clinical services occur at Turnbridge’s Orange Street Clinical Center. Physically separating clinical visits from one’s residential setting is highly preferred by clients, and helps establish clear boundaries from day one.
Full-team collaboration between clinicians, case managers, and support staff enhances the effectiveness of women’s care. Our model offers continuity of care at its very best. While all discussion between a woman and her therapists is completely confidential, appropriately communicating any special needs, triggers, or potential stressors ensures a better experience for each client and the opportunity to provide more directed and appropriate care. Additionally, using the real-time performance information reported by each staff member for each client helps her and her therapist base treatment on the most accurate representation of her current progress.