Why Is It Important To Consider Male Special Needs During Recovery?

By Stacey Henry
Drug Abuse

You might be wondering what the purpose or benefits of rehabilitation in a male-focused center are. Surveys show that men abuse substances at more than women, with 20% of American men reportedly using illegal drugs in 2014, while only 13% of women report the same. Research also indicates that men are more likely than women to relapse after rehabilitation treatment. These facts show that men are at serious risk for drug and alcohol abuse and might not be getting the quality care they need. Below are a few of the reasons to select a male-centric treatment program.

1. Therapist :
One unique challenge men face is that they are often taught as children, directly or indirectly, not to show emotion or talk about feelings. Our trained specialists have techniques to get men to open up and learn that it is beneficial to express emotions healthily. Our therapists can make you feel comfortable and at ease discussing your addiction and root issues.

2. Group sessions :
Another way to help relearn emotional expression habits is by being exposed to group therapy. A group of all men may make you more comfortable opening up, and other men may have more similar experiences and stories to yours. While attendance is mandatory in all our programs, participation is not a requirement, although it is encouraged once you are more comfortable in the group setting. Many patients find they make friends and recovery partners for life in our group sessions. 

3. Relapse prevention plan :
As men are proven to be more likely to relapse than women, your relapse prevention plan is of critical importance. We can prescribe medication to assist in the treatment of opiate addiction. Our doctors may supply you with methadone or Suboxone to safely wean off opiates and curb cravings. You may continue this medication outside of treatment, with the end goal being to wean off methadone or Suboxone in a doctor-prescribed timeframe safely. Group and individual therapy is also part of relapse prevention. You can learn to identify your triggers and find new, healthy ways to cope without drugs. 

4. Aftercare plan :
Participating in any of our treatment programs is a huge and important step towards sobriety, but addiction treatment must continue outside of our facility in order to be successful. There is no quick fix for addiction or mental health issues. We can help create a personalized aftercare plan, which is particularly important for men as they are at higher risk of relapse. Aftercare treatment can include individual therapy appointments, group therapy sessions, finding Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, finding housing and job opportunities, and educating and working with family members to understand and support your recovery process. It is important to identify possible obstacles once you leave treatment and how you can overcome them in your aftercare plan. This may all sound overwhelming, but our therapists and caseworkers are here to guide and help you create your personalized aftercare plan.