All-Male Rehab Centers
Addiction is a highly personal disease, and treatment for each person should be specialized to suit individual needs to enhance long-term recovery. Programs may cater specifically to certain ages, sexual orientation, or gender, among other things. Treatment programs that are designed to accommodate men only will have different features and focus on issues and concerns that apply mainly to males.
This article will explain why treatment is sometimes gender-specific, the benefits of this type of treatment, and how to get help if you or a loved one are struggling with addiction.
Men and Addiction Treatment
About 16.5% of adults in the United States suffered from addiction in 2021, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), and NIDA reports that there are over 14,500 different drug abuse treatment facilities offering a range of programs and options to choose from.
Men tend to have higher rates of illicit drug use, abuse, and dependence on drugs than women, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports, and men and women experience addiction differently. Aside from the different effects that drugs and alcohol have on men, men and women tend to use substances differently, too. For instance, men generally have more opportunities to use drugs than women do, and men often wait longer to seek treatment for issues surrounding problematic drug use, the journal Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology publishes.
In general, men are also typically expected to act a certain way — and certainly there is societal pressure to not show emotion (often called a “weakness”) or ask for help. They are often not particularly encouraged to share feelings and experiences in mixed-gender situations. Additionally, what works for a woman during an addiction treatment program may not work as well for a man and vice versa, meaning that oftentimes gender-specific treatment programs are ideal.
A male-only treatment program can alleviate gender pressures and allow men to interact with other men who can relate to what they are going through, giving them a forum that is free of judgment and biases related to their gender. Many treatment facilities offer programs that are gender-specific and cater to either women only or men only. Programs may include male-only residential treatment options, outpatient services, and support groups.
Types of Drug Rehab for Men
Generally speaking, the first step in a drug addiction treatment program is an evaluation and detailed assessment performed by highly trained professionals who can work directly with families and individuals to design a treatment plan for recovery. Treatment programs may begin with a detox program to help the body process out drugs and alcohol before therapy begins.
Different drug treatment facilities may offer different types of programs and amenities. Many facilities provide the following types of treatment options:
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