A rehab for a man is a program specifically set up to handle male patients and the components of substance abuse and addiction for men. While some programs are co-ed, having both men and women living in the same areas, male programs have all male residents. In some scenario’s this may be more beneficial to recovery than co-ed treatment. However, each individual has his or her own treatment needs, which should be thoroughly assessed before the process begins.
Rehabs for men often offer unique treatments as well as traditional care to handle all the needs of these patients. Some of the benefits of a rehab for a man are:
- To allow men to face their own underlying mental and emotional issues that led to addiction
- Learning skills to repair relationships of those they alienated because of their addiction problem
- The ability to receive treatment to help cope with the stress, anxiety and trauma that contributes to drug or alcohol use.
- Intensive group or individual counseling.
- Male meetings and support groups.
- Skill building to learn how to built meaningful and supportive relationships with spouses, family friends and/or colleagues.
- Holistic approaches to treating pain that may have led to drug use as well as exercise and nutrition therapy.
- Sexual addiction and help with impulsive behavior brought on by substance abuse and addiction.
- Skills to help to reduce and successfully handle anxiety.
- Anger management and the ability to explore difficult and charged issues without reacting in a way that is negative to the user and/or those around him.
- Spiritual or religious guidance.
- Codependent relationships and how to identify these and form healthy unions.
Seeking Rehab Based on Gender
Seeking out rehab is just as important for people of either gender in order to get treatment. Gender plays a part in addiction and rehab, as with many other things. According to research from the National Institute on Health the following is true regarding gender and addiction:
- Women are less likely than men overall to use illicit substances or alcohol and develop dependency problems. However, even though it shows that some men can be less likely to develop addiction problems, it still occurs rapidly.
- Men are more likely to seek out help at professional centers, while women are found to be relying more on mental health facilities and personal doctors for their diagnoses.
- Employers and family alike are more likely to refer a man to treatment. And in many cases when a man has a substance abuse problem they are more likely to have a spouse who is also a drug dependent and supports their abuse. Rehabilitation is available for those who seek it out, many that are well equipped to handle the drug problems. Statistically, men are more likely to search for drug treatment and women are more likely to see barriers to finding their own.
- Stigmas appear to have an effect on women and how they seek rehab treatment more than men (according to the research).
- Women are more likely to seek treatment in other areas, such as mental health and primary care. Due to this, women are more likely to have their substance issues handled at these non-specialty facilities, and their results leave much more to be desired.
- Though studies show that people going to specific rehab facilities for treatment are less likely to continue drug use, women are more likely than men to use self-help programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. In response, though, women are more likely to benefit from these programs.
- Further research indicates while the majority of women think that statistically their problems are much worse than men’s, many men can actually have severe addiction problems.
- Men coming to rehab facilities tend to be older, have higher education and economic status.
- Women are more likely to be the victims of abuse (whether physical, emotional, or otherwise).
- Both men and women tend to need inpatient care, and are advised to stay for longer periods of time depending on the severity of their addiction(s).
- After initiating contact, men are more likely to continue through rehab than women. It has also been studied that men who enroll in facilities that handle multiple issues are more likely to benefit from the program. For instance, a man who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder is more likely to benefit from a program that deals with PTSD and addiction or substance abuse simultaneously than seeking out programs that handle one issue at a time.
- Both men and women are more likely to relapse when their partners are drug users, or when they are dealing with personal problems. While women are more likely to relapse in the presence of a partner (most likely because the partner is also a drug abuser), men are more likely to relapse alone.
Mixed Gender or Co Ed Drug Rehab
As far as mixed-gender and one-gender programs, there was no significant difference observed in recovery and treatment for women when the facility only dealt with addiction. That statistic is fooling, though. There were significant differences depending on the circumstances. Pregnant women, for example, benefitted more from women-only facilities. Men who also suffered from PTSD benefitted from men-only facilities.
For all of the specific gender issues addressed in this article when it comes to men and treatment, men have just as good of a chance to stay clean after rehab as women if they find the right help.
NIAAA Publications – http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh291/55-62.htm