Male drug addicts have unique needs when seeking substance abuse treatment.
In many cases addiction can be gender specific, so it makes sense that men who struggle with addiction should be treated at an all male drug rehab center. Substance abuse disorders appear to be more common among men, and addiction is expressed differently between the genders. Most men enter a drug rehab center later on in life and they may need a different course of treatment with more individual attention. An all male rehab center will allow men to feel comfortable among their peers and this may increase their participation in treatment.
The male psyche has its own unique challenges because of the expectations that culture and society places on him. Most people define themselves by how others perceive them in their relationships, moral judgments and expectations. When a man falls short of those standards it may affect how he defines himself and his value. A male drug addict or alcoholic may have already lost the game of living up to other people’s standards, plus they also have to contend with an addiction that is destroying them physically and psychologically. Their struggles affect every area of their life, including their financial status, legal problems, family dynamics and employment and social standing. Treating the male psyche through therapy can help to break the chains of stereotypes that the individual may have difficulty accepting, let alone achieving. These factors all play an important role in the addiction recovery treatment for the male.
By creating a male-bonded environment in the all male rehab center, men feel more accepted and less threatened. This type of atmosphere allows the men to open up to reveal their deep-seated hurts, traumas and disappointments. Many male addicts have been the victim of sexual abuse as a child, but feel reluctant to reveal it openly because they are ashamed and may even feel guilty. Within the context of male camaraderie, it becomes easier for the men to open up about their painful pasts.
Male addicts who are interested in an all male drug rehab center can find recovery programs for both out-patient and in-patient status. Some factors to consider when entering a men’s addiction treatment are:
1. Would the addict prefer that the rehab center be near his home so that he may have family visits, or would he prefer to re-locate out of town so that he can focus solely on his treatment and recovery?
2. Depending on the severity of the addiction, treatment programs can be from 30, 60 to 90 days. Determine which treatment option is best for the patient.
3. Does the patient have a safe, supportive home to return to after treatment or will he need a half-way house or sober living center to go to after treatment?
4. Does the rehab center offer programs unique to the biological, psychological and social needs of men?
5. Does the all male drug rehab center respect the confidentiality of its patients?
Other areas of concern for anyone entering an addiction recovery program are physical illness, co-occurring mental disorders, individual and group counseling, behavioral modification therapy, family therapy, marriage counseling, recreational activities, educational opportunities, 12-Step education, relapse prevention and aftercare. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) claims that most effective course of addiction treatment is behavioral therapies and medications.
Gender specific addiction studies reveal that:
1. Drug addiction is more common among men than women
2. Males are more likely to abuse alcohol, marijuana and tobacco
3. Males abuse drugs more often and in larger amounts than women
4. Males are more apt to engage in binge drinking
5. Males begin using drugs at a younger age than women
6. Males often introduce drugs to females
While addiction does not discriminate between the sexes, there are foundational differences about addiction regarding men and women. To meet the needs of male addiction, it may be wise to choose an all male drug rehab center designed specifically for that purpose.
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