Addiction is known to be more prominent in men. In fact, alcohol addiction, in particular, affects more men than women with about three times as many men affected as women. Around 26 percent of all males over 12 have reported binge drinking in the last month. Men tend to become addicted to alcohol over drugs, but they struggle with both addictions more commonly than women.
For men struggling with addiction, it’s important that they get the help they need in an environment that is designed to help them succeed.
A men’s rehab center is designed to serve only males. Females are not accepted into the program because the idea is that a program is a safe place for men to talk about issues that affect them directly and that may be uncomfortable to speak about around women.
A men’s rehabilitation center is the same as a normal rehabilitation center in all other important ways.
Inpatient centers provide room and board, therapy sessions, and other necessities. Inpatient facilities focus on helping men create connections to their loved ones, to enjoy making new friends, and to build a social structure that provides them the balance they need to stay sober after the program ends.
Outpatient rehabilitation centers also provide services focused on all-male treatment programs and therapy sessions. 12-step programs and group sessions often have participant limitations, allowing people of the same backgrounds to come together and talk about the things that affect them the most.
Men’s rehab centers offer a variety of drug and alcohol addiction treatments that suit men and work to focus on male-prevalent issues.
All-male rehabilitation focuses on ways that men can overcome the struggle of addiction. Men react differently to some therapies than women, so having a specialized program can help them speak on issues that otherwise could be lost in a co-ed program.
Gender-specific treatment is growing in popularity because you’re able to talk to others of the same gender about issues that affect you specifically. All-male treatments help boost self-esteem, focus on leadership skills, help men develop stronger connections to their emotions, and allow you to focus on your self-image.
Many times, those who struggle with these areas of mental health and self-esteem struggle with addiction because it’s used as a crutch to get through anxiety or daily stresses. Living in a supportive and challenging environment with others like yourself can help you address substance abuse and the issues that you believe contribute to your habits.
Community living environments are often used in these programs. This allows for a single-gender living arrangement with one or more people in a room or home. In a men’s facility, men get the time to develop good, healthy relationships with others. They are able to support one another and even remove the expectations of masculinity to heal fully. Without the distractions of normal daily life, those in the program can focus on healing over time, leaving the program once they’ve been able to learn better coping mechanisms and ways to stay in communication with others.
The services provided to men and women can be the same, but there are more specialized programs designed to accurately reflect the most common kinds of activities and hobbies men appreciate along with the problems they face. For instance, these program topics could be offered at a program near you:
These topics can be addressed across a variety of therapies. Some popular treatments that are used include:
There are many others as well. If there is a specific program you’re interested it, it’s worth speaking to the clinic you’re interested in joining to learn if that treatment is offered or is able to be offered during your stay.
Men’s rehabilitation programs typically take place in inpatient facilities, so programs tend to be between 30 and 180 days in length. Some programs can be extended to up to a year, while others may be as short as a week.
Outpatient programs may also be all-male oriented, and those programs can often last for as long as patients require. Aftercare programs with an all-male group or halfway house may also be open for men who complete an inpatient or outpatient program in a men’s rehab center.
Deciding which program to be part of is an important part of the process. Men who have severe addiction issues, dangerous withdrawal or dual diagnosis concerns are most likely to require inpatient care. These programs should be at least 30 days and should provide courses on coping with addiction along with the detoxification required to eliminate toxins from the body.
For those who need to continue working or taking care of family, an outpatient program can be beneficial. All men’s rehab programs are available on an outpatient basis and can fit in around work or family requirements, so men can continue to participate in their lives without the concern of someone finding out about treatment when they don’t want them to.
Male-only programs can help you be your best self without the stress of a co-ed environment holding you back. Without distractions and with the ability to focus on the same issues that affect you and other men, you can focus on your physical and mental health away from the stressors that you normally face. To learn more about the programs that are near you, call 866-200-3224 to speak with our specialists. We have information about the programs that are offered and how you can get started on a path to sobriety.