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Information on Drug Rehabilitation for Men

Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 May 2024
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Drug rehab centers for men are the best option for any man with a substance use disorder. Men struggling with drug addiction face unique problems and underlying issues. Therapy should be tailored to these needs. In addition, it is ok to feel more comfortable opening up around other men during group therapy. Below, you can use the filter and pick the state of your choice to find a drug rehab for men that best suits your needs.

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Type of Treatment

Male-only treatment programs are a type of treatment geared toward men and are designed to address the issues most commonly faced by men in their experience with addiction. Typically, addiction occurs more frequently in men, and addiction kills more men than women.

Men tend to exhibit higher rates of psychological issues when addicted and are more likely to misuse multiple drugs. Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are more men than women in treatment for substance abuse. However, men are historically more likely to seek treatment for certain addictions. Substance abuse also progresses differently for men than women.

There is the desire to appear strong and independent that causes men to try and deal with their substance abuse without any help. Men tend to perform better in a therapeutic environment with other men when discussing similar issues surrounding their addiction.

Some men struggle to analyze their problems and may become aggressive, competitive, or combative with staff or fellow group members. The staff at men-only treatment programs have experience working with recovering men and understand the unique challenges of treatment they face.

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  • Is there a benefit to a men-only drug rehab center?

    Yes, there are significant benefits; primarily, men are more comfortable around other men when speaking about emotions, trauma, and addiction. This may involve group therapy or individual therapy. Other benefits include counseling and therapy geared towards men and the issues they struggle with.

  • Why should I avoid a co-ed drug rehabilitation program?

    The primary reason why men do not attend a co-ed drug rehabilitation program is that they want to avoid the temptation of rehab relationships with women. A significant downfall for many men while attending drug rehab is becoming involved with a woman, which ultimately distracts them from their therapy.

  • When is drug rehabilitation for men the best option?

    Per the Pew Research study mentioned above, trauma is an important risk factor for the development of a drug or alcohol addiction. However, there are many reasons why a man would consider substance abuse treatment. Some of the initial indicators that you may need substance abuse treatment include if you have tried to stop using drugs but did not succeed. Also, if you have been using drugs or alcohol for longer in greater amounts than intended and spend too much time and money attempting to obtain drugs, use drugs, and recovery from the effects of drugs. If you have given up on activities, you enjoy to use drugs or alcohol, or have neglected to keep up with your personal responsibilities.

    Someone addicted to drugs or alcohol will have conflicts with relationships and will crave drugs or alcohol when they cannot use them. Drug abuse causes dangerous behavior such as drinking and driving, and regular use of drugs or alcohol creates withdrawal symptoms. People who experience adverse childhood trauma, abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences before the age of 18 are at increased risk of developing an addiction. When left untreated, substance abuse quickly spirals out of control. Whether the addiction involves alcohol, street drugs, or prescriptions, the problems tend to last longer for men. There is no bad time to consider substance abuse treatment and family intervention is a common approach taken. Overall, rehabilitation benefits someone at any stage of addiction, whether severe or displaying early signs of addiction.

  • How is drug rehab programs for men different than other treatment programs?

    Most treatment approaches that are useful for men are the same that have been found useful for most addicts. Most people in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation center are men; however, small adaptations are made to improve treatment for men within male-only treatment programs. For example, during residential treatment, the individual may receive more individualized care. Like any other treatment program, there is an evaluation in which the person is asked about their substance use, medical history, mental health, and other relevant issues. The initial assessment or evaluation is used to create a plan for care that is tailored to the individual’s specific needs.

    The rehabilitation process begins with detox, and the severity of addiction determines what method of detox is required. For example, medical detox would be needed to address opioid addiction or other forms of prescription drug abuse. Once the withdrawal period has been successfully managed, the person should be feeling better and more ready to begin engaging in therapy. When treating men struggling with addiction, therapists may utilize more than one form of therapy. Men often respond well to cognitive behavioral therapy. This form of therapy allows therapists to discover the harmful thoughts and behaviors that keep a person locked in unhealthy patterns of addiction. The process helps the patient develop better ways of thinking and operating in the world, and it helps develop new ways of coping that do not include drugs or alcohol.

    Following the completion of inpatient or outpatient drug rehabilitation, the next treatment step should involve aftercare support. An aftercare program could include a sober living home, a transitional house for men, or peer support groups like 12-step meetings. Aftercare support helps recovering addicts remain connected to other sober people and make an easy transition into society again. Men who have completed substance abuse treatment will have access to men-only sober living or peer support groups for men recovering from addiction.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from Addicted.org’s “Learn from our Experts” are answered by Michael Leach, CCMA. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at mike@addicted.org.

Common Terminology Surrounding Man-Only Drug Rehab

Gender-Based Substance Abuse Treatment
gender-specific treatment refers to drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs that are designed to specifically treat men and women separately. Men-only substance abuse treatment provides specific resources to treat men struggling with addiction.
Binge Drinking
is the most common, costly, and deadly pattern of excessive alcohol use in the United States. Binge drinking is defined as a pattern that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 g/dl or above. Typically, when men consume five or more drinks within two hours, this would occur.
Adverse Childhood Experience
these are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood, such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect, or witnessing violence in the home or community. Adverse childhood experiences lead to addiction among men.
Sober Living Homes
these are sober living environments that provide safe housing and supportive, structured living conditions for people exiting drug rehabilitation programs. Men-only sober living communities are common.




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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.



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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.