Men’s Treatment Programs

John has every intention of getting sober.  He threw in the towel, and admitted defeat from his addiction.  John has not only lost material possessions, but more importantly, he has lost himself. He is sick and tired of being miserable, and longs for a better way of life.  Like many others, John has been blessed with the gift of desperation.  He sincerely wants help and is willing to do whatever it takes to get better.  With the support of his family, he enrolls in a drug rehab center.

During John’s stay at the treatment center, he meets a “lovely young lady” named Kelly.  The problem is that Kelly is just as unhealthy as John.  The two of them think they can work on their issues together, and suddenly they don’t need treatment.  They have each other and that will keep them sober.  They leave the facility together, and within a short time they both get high.  John and Kelly were so distracted with each other that they never really gave recovery a shot.

This seems like a childish example, but the truth of the matter is that this happens every day in co-ed treatment programs.  Distractions from the opposite sex evidently prevent suffering individuals from achieving sobriety.  Obviously, gender specific treatment programs are more successful than co-ed programs.

Gender Specific Treatment Programs

Let’s examine the benefits associated with gender specific treatment programs.  The most significant aspect of an all men’s treatment program is that men will have the opportunity to focus on themselves and what it takes to recover, without distractions from women.  Men will be able to stay engaged in their own recovery, while they are motivated by other men to follow through with what it takes to live free from addiction.

Research shows that men and women require different kinds of treatment and therapy when it comes to achieving long term sobriety.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse and Addiction (NIDA) recognizes the fact that men and women need different treatment approaches in treating addiction. Therefore, the most effective treatment programs are those that offer separate men’s and women’s programs.

Men and women react differently to alcohol and drugs.  Men tend to get angry or violent when intoxicated, where as women generally internalize feelings and emotions.  Women are more likely to use alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism.

Men are more inclined to associate certain activities with drinking.  Society says it’s acceptable for men to engage in drinking while watching sports, playing golf, or working on the car.  Part of the men’s recovery process involves finding ways to engage in these activities with out drinking.  Men need support from other men to get through these difficult times.  In an all men’s treatment program, men will build a support group of other men that will be there for them every step of the way.

In a recent NIDA study, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania proved that men generally relapse for different reasons than women.  “They found that negative emotions and interpersonal relations are linked to relapse among cocaine-dependent women while men are more likely to experience positive emotions prior to relapse.”

Men and women clearly have different issues to deal with in a drug rehab program.  In an all men’s drug treatment program every man will have the opportunity work on their core issues that contributed to their addiction.

In an all men’s treatment program, men will receive more effective treatment, prevention, and services.  The program will be tailored to meet their individual needs as men in recovery. An all men’s treatment program is a place where men can feel comfortable sharing the truth about their addiction.

They will work on their issues in a safe place without distractions.  Men recovering in a men’s treatment program will learn valuable life skills and techniques that could save their life.

Some gender specific issues addressed in men’s treatment programs include:

  • Anger management
  • Abuse issues (physical, verbal, emotional)
  • Life skills
  • Family dynamics
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting skills, from a Father’s perspective
  • Relapse prevention

The positive correlation between gender specific treatment programs and life long sobriety provides an apparent reason to choose a men’s treatment program.

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