Men feel they may be invincible but they also struggle to admit this is not always possible to be perfect all the time. That feeling is magnified by drug or alcohol use when people think nothing can stop them or keep them from doing what they want. That sense of invincibility is key to how a person sees themselves in recovery. They ideally would drop the veil of invincibility and focus more on how they will navigate recovery in a healthy way, letting go of control and letting themselves heal.
Men are more likely to die earlier than women from various causes, including cancer, heart attacks, stroke, and other diseases. Men are not as good at taking care of their health, put off seeing the doctor, and don’t think about their symptoms. This may be true for other areas including addiction treatment because they don’t see the need to deal with emotions as much as women so they numb out with drugs. Men are not as able to reach out due to stigma or feeling of shame around mental health issues and struggles. They suffer in silence for a long while before reaching a breaking point where they need help.
The more education men experience around mental health and addiction, the better off they will be. There is a level of denial that goes into thinking nothing is wrong and men are invincible. However, everyone is human, living in broken human bodies, and they are susceptible to damage and disease. Here are other ways to become more educated and focused on healing for men:
- Find a social network or group that feels supportive
- Encourage open communication
- Seek opportunities to grow and learn about health and addiction (including mental health)
- Exercise and practice good nutritional practices
Men don’t have to be just a statistic. They can be able to encourage one another and seek help when they struggle. There is no shame in admitting the need for help with addiction or mental health issues. The more men reach out and seek help, the more they can share their stories and find the help they need. There are treatment centers and rehab places that offer healing spaces for men to be vulnerable to other men. It is important to find one that feels safe and comfortable enough to discuss these issues unique to men and cultivate a new mindset for recovery.
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.