As many as 22 million Americans struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, and there are multiple routes one can choose to get the help they need to find and maintain sobriety. If you or a loved one are ready to go to rehab, you have likely noticed there are several options, including different levels of care and various specialized rehab programs. Choosing the right addiction treatment program for you requires considering your unique treatment needs and the rehab setting that will provide the greatest level of comfort during your stay at rehab. Many research studies indicate people are more likely to complete an entire course of rehab if they choose a program where they feel supported, safe, and comfortable actively participating in therapy with their providers and other members of the therapeutic community.
For some, finding this level of comfort comes with choosing a gender-specific or gender-focused rehab. Different rehab centers address gender-specific treatment needs in unique ways. Some provide treatment programs specifically for a singular gender (men or women only). In contrast, others offer treatment for both men and women, but as part of separate programs within the rehab. It is essential to choose a program that understands the unique treatment needs men and women face as they begin their journey to sobriety.
Drug and alcohol addiction can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, or gender. However, statistics suggest men generally struggle with addiction at higher rates than women. One's biology (at birth) is proven to play a significant role when examining when and why people begin drinking or using drugs. Additionally, biological gender does play a role in some aspects of addiction treatment. Data from various national surveys suggest that biological gender contributes to several substance abuse factors, including age at the time of first use, the type of substance used, the root factors behind addictive behaviors, and how physical and mental health are impacted by substance abuse. Data from the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates a connection between gender and substance abuse levels. According to the 2017 survey, as many as 12% of American males ages 12 and older meet the diagnostic criteria for at least one substance use disorder. There are several reasons why men begin using, including improved social skills, enhanced concentration, improved sexual performance and drive, and enhanced athletic capabilities. These reasons differ from those of women, as does the overall substance use rate. Because men and women generally begin using at different ages and for different reasons, gender-specific rehab programs help focus on these gender unique factors. Gender-specific rehab for men focuses on assisting men in understanding why they turn to drugs and alcohol and the steps they can take to achieve lasting sobriety. For this reason, seeking help at a men's rehab like Spirit Mountain Recovery, where treatment focuses on the differences between the genders, offers the most significant opportunities for achieving lasting recovery.
Men and women have different needs, goals, and expectations regarding addiction treatment. Men’s drug rehab programs offer several benefits focused on helping men achieve their goals in a setting where they feel comfortable and supported. During treatment, you will attend various types of therapy sessions. Gender-specific therapy sessions focus on using the therapy models that are best suited for the group members. Research studies suggest men are generally more successful in programs that are less “personal” and directed towards behavior modification and problem-solving skill development.
Underlying mental health challenges also contribute to the specific struggles men face when seeking sobriety. It is not uncommon for men to experience complex emotions as they begin working on their sobriety. They are often uncomfortable in a mixed-gender setting because males generally struggle with disclosing close, personal feelings and emotions. When placed in a mixed-gender environment, men might feel hesitant to discuss the circumstances or events that led to addiction. This is especially true if the root causes or triggering event that may have caused or worsened substance use involved the opposite sex.
At Spirit Mountain Recovery, you can expect therapy sessions that consider the emotional challenges men face during addiction treatment. Our team will work with you to ensure your therapy sessions (whether individual or group) allow you to express your fears and emotions in a peer-supported environment.
Men struggling with substance use disorders (drug or alcohol addiction) statistically have a higher rate of co-occurring mood disorders. Because of this, men may have an improved opportunity to achieve and maintain sobriety in a men’s program that addresses underlying and co-occurring mental health concerns in an environment with other men who can share similar emotions. Also, men who have a history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or aggression (as the aggressor or the victim) should always choose a gender-specific treatment program.
The Pros of a Gender Specific Program
For gender-specific treatment to be the most successful, it is essential for treatment to be unique to your specific treatment needs. When you are ready to start rehab, you must first determine the right level of care you need to achieve your goals. Gender-specific rehab can occur in either an inpatient residential or an outpatient setting. The best programs like Sprit Mountain Recovery offer a wide range of treatment options and a strong continuum of care to ensure you are supported at all stages of your recovery. Our skilled, professional providers will use a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and other evidence-based therapies and interventions to address the addiction any other co-occurring mental disorders or physical health conditions that may hinder your success.
An approach to treatment that focuses on the whole person (referred to as holistic treatment) generally provides the best outcomes and helps participants develop healthier, safer behaviors and thoughts about substance use. Also, during treatment at a men’s drug rehab, you will learn and practice essential relapse prevention skills you will need after treatment to handle triggers, including negative emotions, cravings, and stress. Addiction is a disease characterized by instances of relapse for both women and men. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, men who complete an addiction treatment program of at least ninety days are three times more likely to maintain lasting sobriety than those who do not seek addiction treatment or do not complete an addiction treatment program.
Re-Start Your LIFe at Spirit Mountain Recovery
At our top-rated rehab for men, you will work closely with highly skilled treatment professionals who understand the value and importance of gender-specific addiction treatment. A wide body of scientific research indicates some people find significantly greater success in achieving lasting recovery at a gender-specific program like ours. Individually designed men’s rehab programs focus on the needs and goals of men seeking help to put addiction and mental health struggles in the past. At a men’s rehab, you can focus on your health and healing in an environment that promotes understanding, safety, and holistic healing.
At Spirit Mountain Recovery, our comprehensive addiction treatment programs incorporate a range of therapy models, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and other evidence-based therapies, to help you better understand your addiction and any co-occurring physical or mental health struggles that may act as barriers to healing. As part of treatment, you will learn how to safely and effectively manage relapse triggers, negative emotions, stressors, and cravings using proven relapse prevention strategies.
If you are ready to start an addiction treatment program and are interested in a men’s rehab program, contact the top-rated rehab for men at Spirit Mountain Recovery. Our admissions team is here to answer your questions about our men’s rehab and how we can help you achieve and maintain lasting sobriety. Choosing rehab is the first step towards a lifetime of ongoing health and wellness. Let Spirit Mountain Recovery help you begin your journey. Contact us today for more information.
They have the best team of staff and doctors on this planet. I am proud to say I am a recovering addict because of their amazing skills and treatment. They have changed my life completely and I could not have done it without them! Thank you for guiding me and paving the path for me to find my true self, and what I am capable of. You are all my family and friends.J.T.
The brotherhood of good men that have come together through addiction and recovery has created a unique approach toward spiritual wellness and care. SMR has core values that are built on service to others and a candid approach to recovery that has a deep and lasting change on the men who desire true change and empower them to overcome the disease of addiction. P.L.
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