Men’s Drug Rehab
Substance abuse continues to be a problem in America. Studies show men struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD) are more likely to experience depression and suicidal ideation. If you or someone you love struggles with substance abuse, the right time to find treatment is right now. Men’s drug rehab facilities continue to improve their gender-specific programs, increasing men’s chances of recovery all across the country.
Why is Men’s Rehab Necessary?
In general, men and women face different issues through life and treatment. Though many addiction triggers are universal, some gender-specific challenges may worsen addiction in some individuals. For example, it is common for young men to face low self-esteem, anger, and stress management.
That being said, men’s rehab focuses on the specific aspects that may challenge men. Men’s rehab is necessary for many men since it allows them to let their guard down and be vulnerable. At men’s drug rehab centers, each individual is dealing with their problems. Therefore, men do not feel required to resort to the natural instinct of appearing strong and reliable.
Benefits of Men’s Rehab
Men’s rehab has several benefits, including an atmosphere catered to men-specific issues. Some key benefits of a men’s drug rehab include:
- Healthy environment promoting both sobriety and recovery
- Programs that help participants become more self-sufficient
- Identification of physical and emotional triggers leading to relapse
- Development of coping mechanisms for both stress and emotions
- Improvement of anger management skills
- Development of a new, positive outlook
- Specific programs designed to deal with co-occurring disorders
What’s Covered in Men’s Drug Rehab?
In most men’s rehab centers, professional staff will help you build an addiction treatment plan. These personalized plans combine several forms of treatment to fit the individual best. Many men find success in treatment programs that combine traditional recovery methods with alternative forms of treatment, such as holistic therapy.
Young Men’s Drug Rehab
Many issues leading young adults to unhealthy lifestyles and addiction are common among the age group. Many young adults face complicated issues related to a continually evolving society. Though many people believe young adults have it easier than ever, societal demands and pressures burden many growing young adults.
Specialized treatment programs can help teach young men to deal with trauma and mental health. At Addiction Intervention, we recommend getting help as early as possible when dealing with addiction and other mental health issues. Finding a young adult program may change the trajectory of your loved one’s life.
Benefits of Gender-Specific Care
Men’s rehab programs work for a variety of reasons. A significant focus in men’s drug rehab is accountability. Often unhealthy and destructive behavior may stem from trauma or personal issues one is facing. In a gender-specific program, counseling is catered directly toward the individual and their specific needs.
For men, substance abuse and criminal or violent acts often go hand-in-hand. Since women deal with this on a much smaller scale, it may not be a focus for standard treatment centers. Male-only programs focus on resolving anger and violence by sifting through each person’s underlying mental or emotional issues.
Levels of Care
When committing to treatment, it is crucial to understand the various levels of care available. Each person experiences unique challenges and complications when recovering. Some programs may be a better fit for specific individuals.
Men and women-centered treatment involve the same levels of care, with emphasis on different programs and therapies. Common levels of care in men’s drug rehab programs include:
All levels of care play a role in recovery, but detox is one of the most important. A successful detox rids toxins from an individual’s body before starting treatment. Starting treatment with a sober mind and body is critical in terms of long-term recovery.
Detoxing can be dangerous as some substance withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable and, in some situations, life-threatening. Therefore, we recommend a professionally guided detox. A guided detox can make the process safer and more comfortable. A successful detox should be viewed as a paved foundation for the road to recovery.
Residential treatment, also known as inpatient rehabilitation, is an intensive level of care for those struggling with addiction. Men’s inpatient rehab centers generally last from one to three months. In a residential treatment setting, clients live at a facility and participate in different activities and therapeutic programs. In a men’s inpatient rehab, staff and medical professionals offer clinical and medical help around the clock.
Each staff member is experienced in dealing with male-specific issues. Residential treatment works well for individuals with moderate to severe addiction issues.
Outpatient treatment is a lower level of care compared to residential treatment. This works as an excellent continuation of care following the completion of inpatient treatment, although it is not required. Besides continuing care, outpatient treatment can be a tool for individuals struggling with mild to moderate addiction issues. Someone requiring constant care and supervision fits better in a more intensive program, like residential treatment.
Men’s Addiction Treatment Programs
Addiction is a complex and unforgiving disease. Treating addiction proves difficult since there is no “cure-all” treatment. Many factors go into addiction. It is not uncommon for people to look to substances as a coping method for other mental issues. In some cases, a less common treatment is necessary for people with unmanageable symptoms.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a form of treatment that uses a combination of therapeutic programs and medication to assist in healing trauma leading to addiction. MAT is also used in diminishing drug cravings or uncomfortable symptoms involved in the detox process. MAT is common for individuals overcoming opioid addiction, as opioid withdrawal symptoms prove to be the most challenging.
Each person’s road to recovery looks different, and some treatments work better for some and not others.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Almost half of the people who join rehabilitation programs have co-occurring disorders. Dual diagnosis treatment is an excellent tool in treatment used to unravel complicated mental issues leading to addiction. Unfortunately, many individuals with mental disorders will look to substances to self-medicate. In the short term, it may seem promising. In the long term using substances as a coping mechanism only numbs the root issues, often leading to the development of addiction.
What Are Common Co-Occurring Disorders?
Many people seeking treatment for co-occurring disorders suffer from addiction and another mental disorder, such as:
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Eating disorders
Therapy Programs for Men
Historically, men have been characterized as being less emotional than women. For men, that makes it even more difficult to open up about challenges, emotions, or other struggles. In men’s rehab, men can open up and confront their issues without societal pressures.
Individual therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving a patient and a therapist. The therapist works one-on-one with their patient to guide them through behaviors and emotions relating to or feeding into their addiction. Since most addictions stem from deeply rooted trauma, individual therapy is an excellent tool in men’s drug rehab.
How Does Individual Therapy Work?
In essence, individual therapy helps to:
- Motivate individuals to make healthy and productive changes in their lives
- Evaluate thought processes and understand both positive and negative actions
- Understand unhealthy thought processes and understand what it takes to achieve a long-term recovery
- Let the patient know they are supported and will be supported
Group therapy is a powerful tool in men’s rehab — many men in rehab benefit from the support of their peers. This involves therapist-guided group sessions involving two or more participants. During a session, each participant takes a turn opening up on their emotions, struggles, goals, and experiences. Each individual in the session may benefit from either supporting their peers or being supported by their peers. Group therapy is offered in men’s inpatient rehab, as well as in the outpatient setting.
Addiction is sometimes called a family disease. This is mainly because substance use can devastate family bonds and relationships. In many families, the man is the gel that keeps the family system functioning. Family therapy works to rebuild any broken bonds or heal the damage caused by substance use.
In a family therapy session, each family member has an opportunity to speak about their emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Since each member of a family is affected by addiction differently, family therapy helps treat the whole family.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common form of therapy used in addiction treatment. CBT helps people recognize and change unhealthy or unproductive cognitive habits. In therapy, a licensed therapist may utilize aspects of CBT to help their patient evaluate their behavior, thoughts, and emotions. Some benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy include:
- Development of problem-solving skills
- Development of healthy coping mechanisms for uncomfortable situations
- Increased self-confidence
- Cognitive reframing and a better grasp of reality
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Instead of focusing on changing emotions and behaviors like in CBT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) helps patients accept all aspects of themselves. DBT works well for patients with intense and complex conditions. Dialectical behavior therapy was created to help with CBT’s limitations.
Therapists use DBT to assist patients in developing skills such as:
- Emotional regulation
- DIstress tolerance
- Interpersonal effectiveness
Alternative Care in Men’s Drug Rehab
Many treatment facilities offer alternative programs alongside traditional care. In fact, it is becoming more common for men’s rehabs to utilize both forms of care in conjunction. The combination of holistic and traditional methods proves effective in both men’s and women’s treatment.
Holistic treatments focus on the patient’s mind and body as one. Instead of just targeting symptoms, holistic medicine aims to find the root cause of each issue. Though it is not that simple for every patient, holistic treatment gives people the opportunity to become more comfortable with themselves. Some of the main principles of holistic medicine are:
- Every individual has the opportunity and ability to recover
- Recovery takes time, effort, and support
- Treatment should treat the cause of the condition, not the symptoms
- Treatment should evaluate all aspects of an individual’s life since it’s all connected
Types of Holistic Treatments
Some holistic practices often combined with traditional treatment methods include:
- Recreational and exercise therapy
- Nutritional therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Experiential and wilderness therapy
Find Help Today Through Addiction Intervention
At Addiction Intervention, we believe everyone struggling with substances deserves a life of recovery. Committing to treatment is hard, but with the right program, you or your loved one can detach from substances and recover. Cost or scheduling should not be a deterrence for getting help. Contact us today to find a men’s rehab best fit for you.