Supporting the Unique Needs of Men in Recovery
Men face unique circumstances when battling their addiction and greatly benefit from having treatment geared toward their gender. Studies show that men begin using drugs at an earlier age, abuse drugs and alcohol more frequently and in larger amounts, and engage more often in binge drinking than women. Physiologically, men can consume greater quantities of drugs and alcohol, and have a high risk of suffering from long-term physical symptoms of substance abuse. Cirrhosis, pancreatitis, organ failure and decreased testosterone levels are just a few of the many medical problems men experience from chronic drug and alcohol use.
Faced with the social stigma of appearing “weak”, men who suffer from depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or panic disorder are also more likely to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, rather than seek treatment for their mental health disorder.
Men also have trouble creating stable, loving and healthy relationships when they suffer from addiction. Their ability to be good partners and parents is greatly compromised. Their substance abuse makes them more likely to engage in abusive patterns of behavior and higher incidents of infidelity. If left untreated, addiction can lead to a complete breakdown of the family unit including separation, divorce and greater instances of unpaid child support.
Addiction specialists that understand the specific challenges men face when dealing with substance abuse lead AARC’s Men’s Christian Rehab. Our gender-specific therapy groups integrate evidence-based treatment programming with a Christ-centered approach, applying the teachings of Christ as a core part of the curriculum. During each session, the group studies devotions from leading Christian pastors that deal directly with the temptations that men face and the challenges that have led to their addiction.
Having a gender-specific therapy group gives men the freedom to address the issues that are specific to them in a safe space with others who can relate to their experiences. Men are more likely to be vulnerable and share personal stories that they would normally keep to themselves. Men move forward with healthier coping skills and learn to handle their emotions more effectively with the strength they gain from their spirituality and the support they receive from others in recovery.
The Men’s Christian Rehab therapy group covers a variety of topics, including:
AARC’s Men’s Christian Rehab is founded on evidence-based approaches to treatment and the unconditional grace and love of God. Shame is a common core emotion experienced by men who are struggling with addiction. We believe that God does not shame or condemn anyone. Because of this, our approach always comes from a place of love and acceptance. Our curriculum provides assignments that always have a clear and defined intention behind it.
Our Christian Rehab Men’s services include: