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Men's Drug Rehab Program
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 22 million people across the United States suffer from at least one substance use disorder. As addiction statistics continue to rise in many areas of the nation, the rate of people seeking potentially life-saving help to overcome addiction remains low. Fewer than 10% of those with an addiction will seek help. If you want to seek help but are confused about choosing the best treatment program for you, the team at our men’s drug and alcohol rehab center can help.
If you are ready to put addiction in the past and have started looking for information about addiction treatment centers near you, you may have noticed there are several different levels of care and treatment specializations available. Choosing the right program for you requires considering your specific treatment needs and goals. It is also vital to consider the type of treatment environment that offers the greatest degree of comfort as you learn how to manage your addiction. Research has shown people seeking addiction recovery are more likely to complete their entire course of treatment if they are in a setting where they feel safe, supported, and comfortable.
You may have noticed that some programs offer gender-specific or gender-focused drug and alcohol treatment. Different programs address gender-specific addiction treatment needs in different ways. Some programs offer addiction treatment in an entirely gender-specific setting. This means their treatment environment provides therapy for either women or men only. Other programs like Evolve in Indiana offer comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programs designed to address the unique treatment needs of men and women. Our programs are open to all genders and gender identities. We offer a range of therapeutic models designed to focus on the unique treatment needs of men and women.
Are Men Affected Differently by Substance Abuse?
Biology can play a significant factor in why drug and alcohol use disorders develop. Data from national surveys and research shows that biological gender (not gender identification) is a critical component of how people are affected by substance abuse. Examples of these factors include the type of substance one uses, the age they start using, the root causes behind addiction (i.e., trauma, mental health, social factors, etc.), and how their body and brain react to drugs or alcohol.
A range of statistics shows how men and women are affected differently by substance abuse. For example, men are statistically more likely than women to report abusing alcohol and marijuana. On the other hand, women are more likely to struggle with issues related to prescription drug abuse. Biology also plays a significant role in why men turn to drugs or alcohol. Research indicates men often begin using drugs or alcohol due to the perceived benefits of using. It is not uncommon for men to turn to substances to improve social skills, enhance concentration, improve their sexual drive and performance or enhance their athletic abilities.
Another essential biological difference between men and women who struggle with substance abuse focuses on the severity of drug or alcohol use patterns. Generally, men begin using at higher rates than women; however, women’s frequency of use and the amount they use escalate faster when compared to men. Men are also slower to seek and enter addiction treatment, but admissions rates to addiction treatment programs are statistically higher for men (67%) than women. Men generally present with fewer co-occurring mental health disorders when seeking addiction treatment.
Statistics from the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health show an ongoing disproportionate level of substance abuse and addiction among males of all demographics. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, as many as 12% of males over age twelve meet the diagnostic criteria for at least one substance use disorder. This is compared to a rate of less than 7% for females, indicating that women struggle with substance use disorders at nearly half the rate of males.
Why Choose Gender-Specific Treatment
The Benefits of Going to a Men's Drug Rehab Facility
The struggles men and women experience as a result of substance use disorder are different. Therefore, it is vital for treatment to mirror the unique needs of each gender and each individual seeking help to get sober, and stay sober. For this reason, the most effective treatment outcomes occur when seeking treatment at a men’s drug and alcohol rehab program. At Evolve Indy, our treatment models focus on the differences between the genders.
Men have different treatment needs due to how drugs and alcohol affect their physical, psychological, and emotional health. Biologically, male and female bodies are physically different. Men can process alcohol and drugs differently from women because of differing size, weight, stature, and other factors. When compared to female bodies, male bodies contain less fatty tissue and more water. The differences in our bodies mean men are less susceptible to the effects of alcohol because fat retains alcohol, and water dilutes it. This can expose women to a higher risk of physical organ damage from chronic substance use and abuse.
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Men and Addiction Treatment
There is also a range of gender-specific social concerns people experience during their stay at a men’s drug and alcohol rehab. Men seeking sobriety frequently struggle with expressing complex emotions or challenging experiences related to addiction when participating in mixed-gender therapy sessions. Men in these environments may feel hesitant to disclose the events or circumstances that led to addiction when therapy sessions involve mixed-gender groups. Their hesitancy may increase if the triggering event or trauma that led to addiction involved members of the opposite sex. Therapy sessions geared towards the specific needs of men in the therapeutic environment allow men to express emotions and fears where they are surrounded by peers who may share similar experiences, fears, and concerns.
Men struggling with a drug or alcohol use disorder often experience co-occurring mood disorders at a greater rate than women. Because of this, men may have an increased opportunity to attain and maintain sobriety in a gender-focused addiction treatment program that addresses these issues while surrounded by other men who can relate to their emotions. Men who have a history of being the aggressor in physical, emotional, or sexual abuse situations should always participate in a gender-specific addiction treatment program.
Gender-specific therapy sessions can also focus on providing the type of care and therapeutic environment that is most beneficial to the group members. Research indicates men are generally more successful in less personal programs directed towards problem-solving and behavior modification. Women, however, are often more comfortable and successful in a treatment setting where participants are more open and willing to discuss past trauma or addiction struggles. Our gender-focused programs at Evolve consider these critical treatment differences when working with you to design a treatment program to help you achieve your treatment goals.