Finding the right addiction treatment can be a serious challenge and is often the reason people delay care – none of the available options feel quite right. So what should you look for in an addiction treatment center? It may seem minor, but one key element of a successful treatment program is that it offers single-sex care.
Single-sex addiction treatment facilities offer clients, but especially men, space to express vulnerability, discuss traumatic experiences, and share stories they might be uncomfortable telling in mixed-gender environments. Single-sex treatment facilities also allow providers to offer more focused, strategic care based on differences between how men and women experience addiction.
Men And Vulnerability
It’s not just a stereotype that men have trouble expressing their feelings; in fact, a lot of men hesitate to speak candidly because they often feel subtly shamed by women when they speak from a vulnerable place. This can be a problem in one-on-one conversations, but it’s a serious impediment to addiction treatment because the only way to get sober is by being honest.
In an all-male setting, on the other hand, not only do men feel more comfortable being honest and blunt about their experiences and feelings, but this sharing also creates a sense of brotherhood. In a brotherhood-like community, men are able to overcome the stigma around mental illness, find camaraderie and inspiration in the stories of other men, and create an entire community of support rather than seeking a single sponsor. Your brothers are on this journey with you, and that makes you more likely to succeed in recovery.
Methods For Men
There is no single treatment that can help everyone with addiction – this is a basic fact of rehabilitation – but despite this fact, there are certain approaches that are more effective for men than for woman and vice versa. For example, many men develop drug and alcohol problems due to physical pain. So if a man is injured at work and prescribed an opioid pain reliever, they may become addicted to those drugs and enter into a cycle of abuse, hurting themselves and those around them. In such cases, men need both physical and psychological rehabilitation to address the injury and the psychological damage caused by addiction.
Another concern relevant to single-gender addiction treatment is the fact that women are more prone to relapse and develop addictions more quickly than men. This is largely due to biological differences – a greater percentage of fat, typically lower weight, and different enzyme levels and ability to filter toxins. So while addiction may look similar in men and women, at least on the surface, they require different supports and interventions to succeed in recovery, and more attention to biological differences.
Addiction damages relationships, causes physical harm, and can leave your life in shambles – but it can be overcome by finding an appropriate treatment facility. For men, that typically means seeking out the brotherhood of recovery. Together with other men, you can learn to express your emotions, face your past traumas, and find the support you need to beat addiction. A substance-free life is possible, and it’s the only way to thrive.