Drug & Alcohol Rehab for Men

Addiction Treatment for Men

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Our addiction treatment program for men provides an integrative approach to help men heal their mind, body, and spirit. Our gender responsive, integrative treatment model goes beyond the fundamentals of abstinence and 12-step meetings to address seven additional core aspects of recovery:

To learn more about these foundational tenets of our approach to treatment, our Integrative Health page has a detailed description of our principles and how we apply them every day at Lakeview Health.

Why Men’s Only Addiction Treatment?

The simple answer is this: when men participate in gender-specific treatment programs, they tend to stay in treatment longer. It’s well documented fact that the longer a patient stays in treatment, the less likely they are to relapse. Therefore, gender-specific programs can reduce relapse rates and increase the chance of lifelong, sustained sobriety. But that’s true for both men and women – so what is it about gender specific treatment that causes men to stay in treatment longer?

Benefits of Men’s Only Addiction Treatment

Our clinical team meets regularly to discuss their experiences working with our patients. Therapists in our men’s program observe that when women aren’t present, men:

  • Use humor less often as a deflection tactic
  • Increase displays of vulnerability
  • Express a broader range of emotion
  • Develop stronger bonds of camaraderie
  • Take on caretaker roles for one another
  • Support one another more readily
  • Tend to be less competitive

Taken as a whole, these factors lead to a more open, honest, and reflective treatment experience for men. Men open up to one another, share things they never thought they’d say out loud to anyone ever and delve deep into issues they never thought applied to them. There’s also the fact that men’s only treatment groups remove the potential romantic distractions presented by members of the opposite sex. While some men in rehab are proud members of the LGBTQ community, our therapists report that in single-gender treatment environments, the flirtation factor is very close to zero.

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Gender Differences in Substance Use and Addiction Treatment

Research indicates significant differences in the rates and types of drugs men use. For instance, statistics show men are more likely to:

  • Use drugs in general
  • Develop severe marijuana use disorders
  • Use heroin intravenously
  • Abuse alcohol
  • Engage in binge drinking

Men also seek and/or avoid treatment for different reasons than women. Men are more likely to:

  • Deny they have a problem
  • Believe they can overcome addiction without any help
  • Believe seeking treatment is a sign of weakness
  • Believe their masculinity is measured by how much they can drink
  • Feel they can get along just fine while maintaining their addiction
  • Avoid treatment out of fear of damaging their career
  • Avoid treatment out of fear of failing their families financially
  • Seek treatment due to external factors, such as legal issues, work-related consequences, or interventions

These factors – almost all of which are enmeshed with issues of masculine identity – cause men to seek treatment later in the course of their addiction, which contributes to the progression of the disease and exposes them to increased physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences.

Men, Trauma, and Co-Occurring Disorders

Men come to treatment with histories of trauma and often discover co-occurring mental health disorders once they detox and experience a sustained period of sobriety. On average, men present fewer incidents of trauma and receive dual-diagnoses less often than women. Trauma common to men in treatment is typically rooted in emotional neglect, physical abuse, violence, and grief or loss experience early in life. Co-occurring disorders in men are most often ADHD and depression, but it’s not unusual to uncover other mental health disorders that lead to a dual diagnosis.

Men’s Treatment: Communication and Vulnerability

The two unifying themes that run through all aspects of men’s addiction treatment are communication and vulnerability. When women are present, almost all men default to behavioral norms that dictate men must be strong, stoic, and immune to pain – especially pain that’s mental, emotional, or psychological. Virtually every man carries the schoolyard around in the back of his mind: don’t show weakness, impress the girls, act cool at all costs. Our therapists observe that over time, in men’s only groups, this early training falls away, and men show a new kind of bravery. They drop the macho act, admit they need help, own their fears, and start sharing their experience with one another. This is often the key that unlocks the door to recovery and allows men to walk through that door into a new world where sobriety is possible.Rehab for men

 

If you’re a man thinking about seeking treatment for an alcohol or substance abuse disorder, we pose this question: what’s stopping you from getting help?

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