Why Choose a Men’s Rehab Program?
The way that some TV shows and movies portray addiction treatments has led many to wonder: are men and women separated in rehab? The answer is that it depends on the type of program you choose. Men and women are not automatically separated in general rehab programs.
But there are gender-specific options when it comes to addiction treatment programs. And there are some interesting benefits to choosing gender-specific treatments. Men’s rehab programs are designed with specific concerns and recovery roadblocks in mind.
Why and How Addiction Occurs Differently for Men and Women
Because of biological differences in our bodies, not everyone experiences addiction the same way. Between men and women, there are differences in just about every aspect of the addiction experience. These differences include but are not limited to:
- The reason for the onset of drug or alcohol abuse.
- The particular substances.
- The body’s reaction to them.
- The likelihood of adverse effects.
- The addiction timeline.
The rate at which addictions occur for the different genders is also markedly different. Substance abuse tends to occur at higher rates among men than among women.
Additionally, men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs, and illicit drug use is more likely to result in emergency department visits or overdose deaths for men than for women.
Because of these differences, there may also be some differences in the treatment methods. Some people find that gender-specific treatment allows them to better focus and home in on specific problems, among other benefits.
The Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment for Men
When it comes to substance abuse and addiction, there are both biological and cultural differences between women and men. Gender-specific treatments are sensitive to these issues, providing a safe, supportive, and comfortable setting to address the unique needs of each sex.
For male addicts in recovery, men’s rehab programs may:
- Focus on addiction concerns and complications that are unique to men.
- Dive deeper into the root causes of addiction that men experience (many male addicts are driven by the perceived benefits of the substances, while many women begin using to cope with trauma or abuse.)
- Provide greater social support, as many men feel more comfortable sharing personal details in front of other men rather than a mixed-gender group.
- Distinguish between the mental and physical health components of addiction between the sexes.
- Minimize distractions between clients of different genders, which promotes open and honest communication.
- Allow the group to participate in more closely related types of treatment (ex. Men tend to respond more to therapeutic remedies that address specific behaviors and thought patterns, while most women respond better to treatments that involve introspection.)
Men are often slower to enter a rehab program than women are, primarily due to societal stereotypes and perceived cultural roles. Choosing a men’s rehab program over a general one may help ease the fear of being judged, promoting a higher sense of comfortability and acceptance among participants.
But whether you attend a general rehab program or a men’s rehab program, guided detoxes and treatments are always more effective than cold turkey quitting and recovering at home. And what works best for some is not what works best for everyone.
If you are unsure of the type of program you would like to attend, we can help guide you in the right direction.
Features of Treatment in Men’s Rehab Programs
One of the most prominent features of any treatment program is therapy. Dialectal behavioral therapy or DBT, for example, is a useful form of cognitive-behavioral therapy. This type of therapy involves identifying and changing negative thinking patterns.
The goal is to push for positive behavioral changes while reducing or eliminating negative ones. We make use of DBT and other proven therapies for men’s addiction treatment at Divine Detox. Additional therapies include mindfulness training, family counseling, and music and art therapy.
We also offer dual diagnosis treatments, nutritional counseling, and aftercare.
Dual Diagnosis and Treatment for Men
It is no secret that anxiety and depressive disorders tend to be more prevalent and severe among women than among men. But while it is more common for women in recovery to experience co-occurring psychological distress, this does not mean that men do not also experience co-occurring disorders.
Many men have become addicted after using drugs or alcohol to cope with the symptoms of an undiagnosed mental health disorder. This is particularly common with anxiety and depression but also occurs with additional disorders.
Post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenic symptoms have also led many down a difficult road with substances. And the same is true in reverse. Many who have abused alcohol and other substances like methamphetamine and cocaine have developed anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental health disorders from it.
That is where dual diagnosis treatments come in.
Why is Dual Diagnosis Care Important?
These treatments are uniquely designed to address both substance abuse and mental health disorders at once. This combination is crucial to recovery for those suffering from both disorders simultaneously.
Otherwise, the untreated disorder can later cause a relapse into the treated one. For example, consider the treatment of a client suffering from drug addiction and depression. If they treated only the addiction, their depressive symptoms may lead them to use drugs again to cope.
On the other hand, if they treated only the depression, their addiction to drugs may keep them trapped in the cycle of depressive symptoms. Developing healthy habits, coping mechanisms, and support systems for each set of problems is critical.
Aftercare Treatment and the Importance of Community for Men
From detox and rehab through aftercare, we help teach our clients about the things that trigger their substance abuse. We help them identify and build the skills they need to manage these triggers, overcome traumas, and manage their mental and physical health.
Many find in their time here that they have developed life-long friendships and support systems. We offer inpatient, outpatient, sober living, and aftercare programs for individuals in all different stages of recovery. We will be by your side for as long as you choose.
And at each stage, we offer far more than support group meetings and therapy sessions, including:
- Medical detox.
- Family counseling.
- Meditation sessions.
- Mindfulness training.
- Music therapy.
- Art therapy.
- Nutritional counseling.
Each of these proven treatment methods, along with others, takes place in the comfort and safety of our top-rated luxury detox center conveniently located in Southern California. No two people are the same, so no two of our care plans are the same either.
We will customize your care plan based on your specific addiction, schedule, and needs. All that’s left to do is choose to change your life.
Orange County Men’s Rehab
At Divine Detox, we collaborate with you to help you develop healthy habits and coping mechanisms, build reliable support systems, and practice positive skills for long-term recovery. Recovery is both mental and physical. We will provide the guidance and knowledge you need to find the right balance for long-term relapse prevention.
Our holistic remedies and evidence-based therapies are tried and true. The last missing puzzle piece is you. If the time has come to begin your recovery journey, call us today at 818-938-2177. We will help you get started on your own path to the life you want to lead.