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Drug and Alcohol Rehab for Men

Alcohol and drug addiction treatment for men provides an integrative approach to heal men’s mind, body, and soul. A gender-specific model goes beyond the usual treatment fundamentals of abstinence and 12-step meetings. It typically addresses additional core aspects of recovery, which include:

  • Sexual, neurological, and systemic health
  • Medical needs
  • Healthy values
  • Expressive and experiential therapy
  • Trauma-informed care

This list is not a complete record of approaches. Since men are different, their treatment programs will also incorporate different factors.

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Why Use a Men’s-Only Approach?

When men enter gender-specific rehab facilities and programs, they may stay in treatment longer. When clients stay in treatment longer, they may have a lower chance of relapsing. Specialized treatment, such as gender-specific treatment, may reduce relapse rates and increase people’s chances of staying sober.

If men and women attend the same group sessions, men may be less likely to admit they have a problem. Men may say that they are okay and that they do not need help, but women may be more open to seek treatment. When men are about to relapse, they may use self-justification to rationalize the situation. They feel that they are entitled to use substances such as cocaine or that they can control their usage.

Addicted men may fare better in gender-only treatment facilities because they may otherwise feel the need to act macho in a room full of women. A group of men may drop this pretense and feel more comfortable telling each other their problems. The comfort may help the recovery process go more smoothly.

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Benefits of Gender-Specific Treatment

Clinical team members meet on a regular basis to discuss their experience with working with male clients. Therapists in the gender-specific treatment programs have noticed that when women are not present, men:

  • Use less humor to deflect situations
  • Allow themselves to be more vulnerable
  • Show more emotion
  • Develop strong bonds with other people
  • Take care of one another
  • Are supportive of each other
  • Compete less

These factors have led to men being more open, honest, and reflective in their treatment. Men are more open to sharing things with others that they never would have shared in the past. They share deep thoughts and feelings more openly and honestly in group settings. Men’s-only treatment also removes much of the romantic distraction men experience when women are present.

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Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment in Men

Research shows that men use and abuse substances in different ways. Statistics show men are more likely to:

  • Use drugs or inject heroin in their veins
  • Experience severe marijuana use disorder
  • Abuse alcohol and participate in binge drinking (drink several drinks in a short amount of time)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 23 percent of men binge drink five or more times a month and average eight drinks in each of these binges. Around 90 percent of men who binge drink are not alcoholics or dependent on alcohol, although binge drinking may produce very dangerous effects.

Some men avoid or seek treatment because they think that

  • They do not have a problem
  • They may overcome their addiction and problems without any help
  • Their treatment is a sign of their weakness
  • Their masculinity is measured by how much they can drink
  • Their careers and personal relationships may suffer
  • They may experience interventions, court-related issues, or professional consequences

These factors may cause men to avoid treatment or seek it at later because they want to maintain their ideas of masculinity. Not seeking timely treatment may causes addiction to progress and affect men’s mind, body, and spirit.

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Co-Occurring Disorders and Trauma in Men

During detox or treatment, some men may discover they have a co-occurring disorder or trauma. A co-occurring disorder is a condition when a person has a problem with substance abuse and a mental illness.

While men receive treatment for dual diagnosis less often than women and experience fewer traumatic incidents, they do experience trauma. Men may experience trauma because of grief or loss in their past, violence, physical abuse, or emotional neglect. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression are co-occurring disorders found in men who struggle with substance abuse, but they may also have other mental health disorders.

Unfortunately, there are many men with co-occurring disorders. Some use more than one illicit substance. According to data from 2003, 28 percent of men who have a co-occurring disorder drop out of high school, 67 percent do not have health insurance, and 41 percent do not receive treatment for their substance abuse and mental health disorder.

Communication and Vulnerability

When women and men attend treatment together, men are likely to present themselves as strong. They may be reluctant to show emotional, psychological, and mental pain. In the presence of females, men be eager to act cool and show no weakness. They may act as if they are back in school flirting with girls.

Some men put on acts when they are in the presence of females. Taking a gender-specific approach treatment may help men to stop acting and encourage them to be themselves. When men act as if nothing may harm them, it makes recovering much harder. In single-sex treatment, men may be more open to asking questions and discussing things than they would be if the opposite sex was in the same room.

Alcohol Treatment for Men

Men who seek treatment at alcohol rehab facilities go through a detox process. Since alcohol is so deeply embedded in their systems, individuals who quit drinking may have withdrawal symptoms, including sweating and hallucinations. In order to prevent the negative effects of withdrawal symptoms, men undergo medical detox with the use of medication and therapeutic assistance. Some commonly used drugs in medical detox are benzodiazepines (benzos), naltrexone, and acamprosate.

Even minor cases of alcohol abuse may spiral out of control and become severe. Even if the case is minor, some signs of alcohol abuse to look for include:

  • Drinking in secrecy
  • Suffering from hangovers when not drinking
  • Experiencing memory loss and blacking out
  • Neglecting obligations and responsibilities
  • Making excuses to drink, such as dealing with a stressful day at work
  • Having frequent mood swings and irritability

Men who do not know if they need rehab may want to answer questions in the CAGE questionnaire. This is a series of questions that asks people if they have trouble cutting down on alcohol use, are annoyed if people ask them about their alcohol use, feel guilty about their drinking, or need an eye-opener (more alcohol) to function properly after drinking.

Treatment for alcoholic addiction is ongoing. Once men leave rehab, they will need plans in place. The plans may include joining local support groups, mending damaged relationships with family and friends through the help of group therapy, learning how to handle relapsing, and finding alcohol-free activities.

Benefits of Drug Rehab

Men who enter inpatient rehab for drug abuse may expect the best care possible. As inpatients staying in facilities, men will avoid temptations that caused them to seek treatment in the first place. Each day is planned for individuals. In addition to eating nutritious breakfast, lunch, and dinner, men may meet with therapists or counselors, participate in intensive treatment and therapeutic sessions, and attend group meetings. Men also have opportunities to relax and engage in activities.

By seeking rehab assistance, men will have access to:

  • Evidence-based therapy
  • Specialized inpatient drug and alcohol treatment
  • Home-like residences
  • Alumni support
  • Continued care

Drug and alcohol addiction may create or intensify various problems, such as mental health disorders. At rehab, men may receive help with their mental health disorders so they do not return to their old, self-destructive habits.

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