Gender-specific substance abuse treatment can help men tackle unique issues in recovery with like-minded peers. Detox for men is the first step in recovery from addiction. The Retreat of Atlanta offers gender-specific treatment options for men and women struggling to overcome addiction.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “men have higher rates of use or dependence on illicit drugs and alcohol than do women.” Men engage in different behaviors that leave them susceptible to substance abuse. In addition, there are other behaviors that men do not do, which creates issues regarding substance abuse and emotional health.
Examples of factors that influence substance abuse among men include:
As a result of these factors, treatment for men is crucial to dealing with substance use disorders. Gender-specific treatment centers can help men deal with unique issues surrounding substance abuse and mental health.
Gender-specific detox for men helps men get a chance to open up in a way that they might not share in gender-mixed groups. Secondly, men can feel supported by others who share similar struggles of being a man with a substance use disorder.
For example, from a young age, men are told not to show weakness. When they are able to speak freely with other men in recovery—such as group therapy—men are more likely to succeed. However, men are also less likely to display vulnerability and helplessness in the presence of women. Therefore, without truly opening up, men in recovery can continue to struggle with emotional health issues.
Additional benefits of gender-specific detox for men include:
Each person is unique in what they need during detox. Gender-specific detox for men can help find treatment that will suit patients’ needs in recovery. Additionally, they can consider other factors in a detox program, such as:
First, determine detox goals from the beginning. Not all rehab services are the same. Furthermore, it is important to match goals to the choices offered in the detox facility. Be certain the detox facility under consideration meets all expectations and priorities for rehabilitation.
The recovery process can be unpleasant. Despite this, detox centers with a variety of amenities help patients deal with discomfort during detox. However, providing certain amenities raises the cost of rehabilitation. Therefore, consider the cost and benefit of additional amenities to find an ideal detox facility.
At the Retreat of Atlanta, our men’s detox center uses a variety of recovery options. Before enrolling, it is a good idea to get familiar with your options. For instance, someone may prefer a type of care that the facility does not have. In short, before agreeing to treatment, learn about the treatment program.
For some men, being near family and familiar surroundings helps them engage in recovery. In contrast, however, other men might need a change of scenery to build new habits and distance themselves from toxic relationships. For this reason, it’s best to think about the location of the detox facility and how it may be most helpful.
Men’s detox typically lasts 1 to 2 weeks. The acute phases of detox occur over about 1 week, though you might need more time due to factors unique to your addiction. Generally, withdrawal symptoms will begin within hours after someone stops drinking or using. Fortunately, these symptoms will peak within a few days then decrease in intensity.
Common withdrawal symptoms include:
Severe withdrawal symptoms can occur for some men, including:
During medically-assisted men’s detox, someone primarily deals with the physical symptoms of withdrawal. However, mental health symptoms can linger for a few weeks or months. Entering a rehab facility after detox can help manage these symptoms and succeed in long-term recovery.
After men’s detox, it’s important to continue treating the addiction. Often, addictions are rooted in underlying issues, like trauma, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or other mental health concerns. Depending on your one’s, there are several options for continued drug and alcohol rehab after detox.
Rehab options for men include:
Most men will progress through each level of care until they feel comfortable maintaining their sobriety with minimal professional support. Thus, treatment programs can be tailored to suit your needs, with telehealth options and varying levels of supervision.
The Retreat of Atlanta offers detox for men struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. While individuals stay at the detox facility, they will experience a serene and restful detox process under the care of our medical and nursing staff. To add, our facility is staffed 24/7 by professionals trained and experienced in detox and addiction treatment. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, visit our admissions page to begin recovery today.
We want to help as many people recover from the disease of addiction as possible. We are here 24 hours a day to help you detox from drugs and alcohol, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Contact The Retreat of Atlanta Today by using the form below or by calling us at 762-366-0100
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