Boys Residential Program
A Gender-Specific Treatment Program for Teen Boys
Newport Academy is a gender-specific residential treatment center and has entirely separate campuses and programs for boys and girls. While in treatment, the boys and girls never mix. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that males have different responses to drugs and alcohol than females, and as such, have different responses to treatment. Males also have different motivations for using drugs and alcohol, different motivations for entering or leaving treatment, and different motivations for relapsing. All of which have significant implications for treatment. In addition, males process information differently than females and respond to different elements of a treatment program. In short, they often have different treatment needs than females.
Newport Academy believes it is critical to have the residential program free of female distraction allowing boys to focus on the primary issues as to why they are in treatment. We believe that the treatment program should address the distinct needs of adolescent boys.
Same-sex group sessions provide an opportunity for adolescent boys to focus on issues that might be difficult to discuss in mixed-group settings. Also, many males that enter treatment at Newport Academy do so without strong male role models to model healthy, compassionate, sober lifestyles. For many adolescent boys, morality is based on consequence (getting caught), rather than on what is right and wrong. Boundaries and personal responsibilities are often neglected, and there may exist a lack of respect for females. At the Boys Program, staff is comprised primarily of males with personal recovery experience and extensive professional backgrounds working specifically with adolescents with mental health and substance abuse issues.
A Focused Treatment Setting
When males are in a gender-specific setting, they can often experience a compassion and pursuit for mutual goals and concerns. Friendship, compassion, and caring for one another is essential. Boys are also free to discuss sensitive issues such as male health problems, sexuality, dating, and other topics that would otherwise be difficult in a mixed-gender setting.
In a gender-specific environment, adolescent boys can more easily explore their relationships with their mothers, sisters, and other females learning new, healthy patterns to relate and communicate with the opposite sex. Adolescent boys who use drugs and alcohol typically suppress their emotions and have difficulty expressing any emotions except for anger. With a gender-specific group, adolescent boys can feel free to talk about being frightened, rejected, or sad in a safe environment free of female judgment. Self-esteem is critical in the recovery process.
In a gender-specific group, increasing self esteem with adolescent boys is primary goal and essential to long-term recovery.
Understanding the differences in males and females who abuse drugs and alcohol is necessary to effectively treat them in a residential setting. When you combine developmental, emotional, physical, familial, and the many other influences on why adolescents use alcohol and drugs, it is clear that a gender-specific residential treatment model like the one utilized by the Newport Academy Boys Program is essential to effective adolescent treatment.