Men face many barriers that keep them from getting help in recovery. There is still stigma around men seeking help because it makes them look weaker or not as able to handle their problems. The challenge with this mindset is that ‘being a man’ is not about being weak or vulnerable. Masculinity is not about ignoring trauma and addiction. Men in recovery can be focused on their self-care and find help for addiction if they reach out to ask when they are ready to face it head on.
Getting treatment is hard for some people. Many reasons exist for this, but men especially face recovery obstacles that not everyone talks about. Those who are enrolled in transitional housing benefit from addiction recovery support provided. Even with support, the risk of relapse is present. Some of this has to do with:
- Co-occurring mental health disorders: anxiety, depression, or conduct disorder are just a few of the things that happen for people with addiction and dependence issues. Effective treatment needs to address these things or the addiction may not get better
- Not getting proper treatment: men are less likely to engage in group counseling than women, which increases the risk of relapse. More participation in treatment is associated with lower rates of relapse
- Finding support: friends and family are vital in recovery. Men have a harder time maintaining sobriety without tight connections to guide them through the journey
- Romantic partners: being in romantic relationships too soon or too early in recovery can quickly derail efforts. It changes the brain and shifts thinking patterns to focus on the relationship rather than look at what is healthy (which is to stay sober and clean)
Men are less likely to think more positively about their situation than women, which leads them to fall into depression and loneliness. Studies have found men tend to use drugs to amplify their moods. They may feel better but they don’t have the avenues set up to help them cope like women do. They are more likely to ‘go it alone’ and struggle rather than reach out for help. The success of recovery for men depends on them asking for help when they need it and seeking guidance and wisdom from connections in their life. A consistent treatment plan with the right people in place is key for individuals in recovery who are struggling to get their lives back. It all starts with admitting the need for help, reaching out, and setting goals to reach which help you stay focused on the ultimate goal of sobriety.
The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.