Addiction can happen to anyone and does not discriminate based on age, race, or gender. There have been various findings, however, that point to differences in the process of addiction recovery for men and women. Many recovery programs offer gender-specific treatment in which men and women are mostly segregated from each other during group therapy and activities. There is a great deal of discussion regarding the benefits for women in gender-specific addiction programs, while the benefits for men are often overlooked. Men also may improve their chances of success and lasting recovery by participating in gender-specific treatment programs.
More Relevant and Focused Treatment
Women experience many consequences of addiction that are specific to their sex, as well as some that are typically associated with traditional gender roles. For example, women may face the unique obstacles associated with having an addiction during pregnancy and are more likely to be dealing with substance abuse while being the primary caregiver for small children. When men participate in gender-specific treatment programs, they will only encounter guidance that is relevant to their personal circumstances, rather than spend time discussing pregnancy and motherhood. More importantly, they will be around other men who are more likely to share similar life experiences, and due to social norms, they may feel more comfortable opening and being vulnerable than they would in the presence of women.
Gender is a complicated social construct, but the expectations and characteristics enforced on us from a young age based on our sex follow us throughout our lives, affecting our emotional intelligence and communication skills. These forces often influence the ways in which addiction develops, as well as what tools we have at our disposal in recovery. Separating men and women during treatment can create a more even playing ground, and for men, this can mean being surrounded by peers who are able to meet them where they are at in their personal evolution.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help. At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms. The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor, you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan. We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.