Millions of people struggle with addiction each and every day. More men abuse alcohol and drugs than women when comparing statistics. Those stats don’t tell the whole story, however, and don’t look at why it is men need a safe space to heal with other men in recovery. Find out why there are benefits to men’s only rehab and how it provides support for the journey of healing.
Creating a Foundation
Nothing happens in recovery without building a foundation first. One of the initial things to happen for people in rehab is to do an assessment. This includes a full history of the person’s journey to that point, including medically supervised detox from alcohol, then a combination of programs to help the person learn coping mechanisms to understand the risk of alcohol abuse. Men may respond differently to treatment, but only because they are socialized differently than women. Men are socialized to be independent, self-sufficient, and invulnerable. This leads to deep feelings of shame and may cause aggressive lashing out. Men experience difficulty with emotional expression in general. It is just harder for them to share what is on their hearts and minds, but part of it is culture, other parts biology and environment where they are raised. During treatment, they are encouraged to drop the competitive spirit and focus mostly on their own journey. Entering treatment is seen as a weakness for men, they often feel they are succumbing to that weakness when they admit the need for help. A solid foundation starts with:
- Release old patterns in therapy
- Work some steps if part of the program
- Develop confidence and self-esteem
- Create a recovery plan
Benefits of Men-Only Alcoholism Treatment
Coping mechanisms when dealing with alcoholism depend on many influences. Participation in AA increased confidence to build a network of like-minded, supportive friends and helped them stay sober when they go out into spaces with people like at parties. A support network is important to the journey of healing for many people. Even though it is co-ed, it may be possible to find the men’s only support they need within a gender-specific rehab environment. It can really help with some of the following outcomes:
- Retention in treatment
- Reduction in habits associated with addiction or triggers and cravings
- Reduction in PTSD symptoms
- Connection to other men sharing struggles
- Safe space to be vulnerable
- Greater capacity for healing
Men may feel safer expressing emotions in a place where other men ‘get them.’ They are more likely to cause harm to family and loved ones with continued destructive behavior. Men’s only treatment programs support them as they journey through rehab and find healing.
Going to rehab is an important decision on the journey of healing. It is important for counselors to be aware of how men are socialized and look at group dynamics. Professional rehab facilities understand these dynamics and provide a place for men to find healing in ways that will support them long into aftercare. They may also provide support for mental health issues, as well, to cope with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health concerns. This can greatly reduce the risk for men of causing more harm to themselves and others as they move forward in healing.
The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. We believe nature helps men thrive in recovery, which is why we have an integrated program designed just for men. Find out why we are considered one of the best men’s only treatment centers around. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.