Research and development are constantly presenting new techniques to reach those in crisis sooner and treat them more effectively. Customizing treatment plans has proven effective in encouraging long-term recovery. This customization can address age, background, and gender, among other factors.
At Fort Behavioral Health, our men’s rehab program is designed specifically to address men’s issues in addiction treatment. Learn more about the issues facing men in addiction recovery from our team today by calling 844.332.1807 or filling out our online form.
Men’s Issues in Addiction Treatment
Gender-specific drug and alcohol treatment has seen great success in evidence-based treatment programs. In particular, men’s rehab has shown sustainable outcomes. Some factors make it critical for men to receive addiction treatment tailored for their needs.
Finding commonalities isn’t always easy in rehab. However, grouping clients together by gender or other factors has shown significant promise. Many men find it easier to bond with others of the same sex during treatment. For example, men attending a residential addiction treatment program can create relationships on a deeper level in a men’s rehab program. We have seen clients form friendships and create networks to support their recovery. On the other hand, other dynamics come into play in mixed-gender groups.
Distractions of Co-Ed Programs
Therapists often advise clients not to engage in romantic relationships for at least one year following their detox and recovery program. Treatment programs that include both men and women can also treat addictions effectively. However, romantic entanglements and sex can muddy the waters when people break the rules and end up getting hurt. During recovery, it’s important to support one another in a loving environment without muddying the waters. Therefore, gender-specific drug and alcohol treatment may improve your chances of long-term recovery.
Even during modern times, society associates certain attributes with men and others with women. These expectations create pressure that can leave men vulnerable during addiction treatment. Of course, much progress has been made in reaching equality between the sexes over the centuries. However, we still have a long way to go.
Men, in particular, are often discouraged from showing their emotions. Therefore, showing vulnerability in public can become a challenge for men, especially if women are present. A group of men may find it easier to discuss their feelings and communicate in a gender-specific program.
Of course, there’s still a lot of room to grow, even in the most enlightened facilities. At Fort Behavioral Health, we strongly support the LGBTQ community and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.
When it comes to drinking or using drugs, peer pressure can play a significant role in usage. Men and women both may feel pressure to go along with the crowd when it comes to substance abuse. However, peer pressure affects men in different ways than women. On the other end of the spectrum, men may turn to drugs to mask feelings of pain derived from:
- Past trauma
- Mental health disorders
Boys and men are often encouraged to remain silent and express strength rather than softer emotions. This can be a problem for men who may also find it difficult to express their feelings or communicate problems in private. Men are told they can handle it all, and they often take on the decision-making and financial burdens associated with family life. This creates tremendous social pressure. Therefore, losing a job, academic failure, or the end of a relationship can trigger great pain. Without an obvious outlet, some men may turn to alcohol and drugs to numb pain, anxiety, and depression.
Address Men’s Issues in Addiction Treatment at Fort Behavioral Health
Our therapists and medical staff at Fort Behavioral Health work diligently to address men’s issues in addiction treatment. Gender-specific rehab facilitates progress for those weighed down by issues facing men in addiction recovery. Give yourself the best chance for success in detox and recovery as well as relapse avoidance. Contact us by completing our online form or calling 844.332.1807 today to find out how to enroll in our men’s rehab program.