Male-Specific Rehab Treatment Programs

Some treatment facilities design rehab programs in order to deliver a specific type of care to a specific type of person. Studies run over the past 20 years demonstrate specific differences between men and women going through addiction treatment. On this basis, many programs now include female-specific and male-specific treatment.

Addiction is neither entirely biological nor entirely social. For someone with a different gender, an addiction may impact them in different ways. Researchers emphasize that males and females display differences in the way that their brains form, which partially explains their different experiences.

What Is Male-Specific Treatment?

This type of treatment is geared toward someone who was born male and currently presents as a man. It’s designed to address the issues most commonly faced by men in their experiences with addiction.

Addiction In Men

  • Addiction occurs more frequently in men.
  • Addiction kills more men than women.
  • Men exhibit higher rates of antisocial personality disorder development when addicted.
  • Men are more likely to misuse multiple drugs than women.
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Social Aspects Of Male-Specific Treatment

Men’s programs also seek to address the complex social aspects of male addiction. Treatment plans are designed to help shift people’s views about their addiction and their treatment. Many men can feel like they’re weak or a failure by agreeing to enter rehab. This kind of attitude slows progress and can ultimately lead to program abandonment and relapse.

In the US, men are generally expected to be stoic, invulnerable, and self-sufficient. These kinds of expectations cause men in treatment to pull back from meaningful progress, which may seem like a mistrust of their counselors, but really stems from a desire to protect their image and standing. Male-specific treatment programs keep these dynamics in mind and help treat them individually.

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Reasons For Seeking Male-Specific Treatment

Often, men are compelled to go into treatment for different reasons than women. The desire to appear strong and independent causes men to try and deal with their substance use issues alone. These attempts to “tough it out” allow an addiction to worsen until health is seriously impacted.

In emotionally charged situations like rehab, men can form rivalries or dislike for one another. Programs that make a concerted effort to foster a sense of camaraderie between men rather than allow negative sentiments to form perform better in the long run. If run in a productive manner, research shows that these types of group therapies benefit men more than women because men tend to drink in groups more often.

Most rehab patients are men, which means that most rehab programs are suited to men in some ways. This accommodation of men in rehab often comes at the price of less effective treatment for women. That being said, men still encounter difficulties when pursuing treatment among mixed groups. Offering distinct, gender and sex-specific programs eliminates many of the shortcomings for both men and women in treatment.

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Single Vs. Mixed Gender Group Therapy

While mixed gender therapy helps people overcome addiction, some research is showing that it may open people up to difficulties that could be avoided in single gender therapy. Issues with refusing to share in order to avoid embarrassment among a different gender could be avoided in a male specific treatment program. At the very least, it gives the participants a guarantee that they have something in common outside of the fact that they all need therapy.

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Michael Muldoon

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  • Michael Muldoon earned a B.A. in Media Studies from Penn State University, but instead of shifting into an academic career in social science, he has decided to put his skills to work in the pursuit of helping those struggling with addiction. He enjoys spending his free time at the climbing gym with friends.

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Deborah Montross Nagel

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  • Deborah has a Master’s Degree from Lesley University and has been certified as an Addictions Counselor in PA since 1986. She is currently a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor – CAADC. She is  nationally certified as a MAC – Master Addictions Counselor – by NAADAC (The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors). Her 37 years of experience and education are in addiction, recovery, and codependency. Addiction affects the entire system around the addict. There is no "bad guy" in the system. Fight the addiction, and help the addict. I help loved ones restore sanity to their lives and hence encourage change. Recovery is possible!

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