How Would I Benefit from Inpatient Treatment Specifically for Men?
There are a lot of questions you are probably asking about entering rehab treatment for your drug and/or alcohol addiction. Obviously, cost and financing are biggies. Location probably figures prominently into your questions, as well. But, one important aspect of inpatient rehab that you might not be dedicating time to is gender specificity.
What is meant by “gender specificity”? It means treatment centers that cater to a specific gender. There are male only programs, female only programs, and LGBT centers that cater to transgendered addicts, as well as others who identify in a way that differs from the norm.
If you are a man preparing to enter inpatient rehab, you really should give some consideration to becoming a patient at a treatment center designed for men. There are many benefits—some obvious and others not so much—that bear thinking about.
If you have a question about gender specific rehab for men, a need for resources, or a desire to be connected with a treatment center that meets your needs, InpatientDrugRehabCenters.com will be the one-stop source you need. Call 800-681-7369 anytime, day or night, and speak to an expert who can help you find an appropriate inpatient facility.
It’s no surprise that men and women are different, although that doesn’t mean that men are burly providers and women are timid housekeepers. The differences being referred to are biological and behavioral ones, rather than the differences society creates. For instance, male and female hormones are different from one another, as is brain make-up.
Because of these differences, male and female addiction look different. For example, women with marijuana use disorders are more likely than men to have accompanying anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Whereas, men with the same disorder have more severe marijuana addictions and are more likely to have other substance abuse problems in addition.
When it comes to alcohol use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes men are more likely than women to drink to excess. They are also more likely to die of an alcohol related death or to be hospitalized because of their relationship with alcohol. Specifically, in motor vehicle crashes that are fatal, men are roughly twice as likely to have been intoxicated.
Addictions have gendered roots, results, and treatments.
As mentioned earlier, there are gender differences placed upon everyone by society. The male stereotype is a gruff, manly man who never cries and shows no weakness. In a society that also stereotypes addiction as a weakness, men may feel torn about expressing a need for help.
By attending a men’s only treatment program, a safe male space can be established where men can feel more comfortable revealing their true feelings. The rehab center creates its own society with different expectations: one being that you heal.
As all genders come with differences, support and clinical staff at an inpatient center need to know a little bit about everything. When the population is men only, the staff can dedicate more time to specialization of male addiction concerns.
The time spent studying addiction can’t be changed, but removing women from the equation leaves the same amount of time with half the things to study. Your staff will be twice as prepared to meet your needs.
As with staff specialization, therapists, in particular, need to understand addiction. But, they also need to be able to lead large conversations among addicts. As a patient, you may not relate to everything voiced by your peers and you may not feel served by your therapy. However, isolating the sessions to male participants only increases the likelihood that you will gain something from each session.
Often, men feel a closeness with their male peers, and attending a male only treatment center can allow you to focus on making the most of male friendships, without the distraction of women. You can bond truly, as you might in sports, the military, or gaming communities.
When researching treatment, give consideration to men’s rehab programs. It will be one of the most beneficial decisions you make. Call us at 800-681-7369 for more information and to be connected to an excellent inpatient drug rehab.