We still live in a society that upholds the idea that men are strong and don’t need help. Many men don’t like to admit they are struggling and need support, which is why so many are in denial about their addiction. But it’s OK to ask for help, especially if it means you can gain the skills to need to take back control of your life.
Immersion Recovery Center is a true 12-step addiction treatment center that caters specifically to the needs of men. The 12-step program is a lifestyle; one that requires members to fully immerse themselves in healing. At Immersion Recovery, we work hard to provide high-quality programming and a community that enables our clients to focus on getting well.
How Men Experience Addiction
There are a few differences in how men and women experience addiction. For example, men are typically more likely to use substances:
- Earlier in life
- To improve work performance
- To self-medicate for military-related PTSD
Men are drawn to substance abuse for a number of reasons, such as:
- Body image issues
- Career dissatisfaction
- Chronic pain
- History of substance abuse in the family
- History of trauma, such as abuse, sexual assault or PTSD
- Mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder
- Physical and sexual abuse, assault and violence
- Pressure to perform on the job
Benefits of Men-Only Addiction Treatment
The more specialized a type of treatment is, the more positive the outcome. It’s critical to choose a program that you feel suits your unique needs and circumstances. There are numerous specialized approaches to addiction treatment, and gender-specific treatment proves especially beneficial.
At Immersion Recovery Center, men find familiarity and community among a group of people who not only share similar experiences but understand the unique pressures men face. Men-only treatment:
- Fosters a less judgmental, more candid discussion.
- Addresses issues that affect men specifically.
- Promotes bonding and community through shared experiences.
- Eliminates the expectation to be “tough.”
- Reduces the possibility of romantic distractions.
True healing requires a person open up and become vulnerable, which is contingent upon how comfortable they feel in the treatment environment. Sharing stories of their past and what led them to addiction can be intimidating regardless of where a person is on their recovery journey. Men and women alike may be drawn to substance abuse for similar reasons, but when treatment is tailored to the needs of a specific gender, it establishes a more relaxed, open and honest environment.
The Immersion Treatment Experience
Our program is highly specialized, as we adhere to the 12-step philosophy and take a gender-specific approach. We gear our programming specifically toward the pressures men face, and we also take care in creating a community-based environment through shared experiences as it relates to the 12-step program.
Men can not only bond over shared experiences, but they have the opportunity to bond over new experiences. Community is crucial because it lays the foundation of a lifelong recovery and establishes a peer network of people with similar goals.
To establish that camaraderie, we regularly organize fun outings and excursions for our clients that offer many therapeutic benefits, including:
- Beach trips
- Nature hikes
Stop Letting Substances Control Your Life
Many men who struggle with substance abuse thrive in the Immersion Recovery environment because they feel safe addressing deeply personal issues and can focus solely on recovery and healing as members of the 12-step program. For more information about the 12-step immersion experience or our men-only approach, contact a Recovery Specialist at 561.419.3349.