At Phoenix Rising in Palm Springs, California, we understand everyone’s journey is stressful enough without adding unnecessary pressure. One of those undesirable strains may be having to share your experiences with people who may have different life struggles than yours. By enrolling in a men’s rehabiliation program, you can bypass that strain. If you are a man looking for a rehab center, then consider checking into the men’s rehab program at Phoenix Rising.

What is a Men’s Rehabiliation Program?

A man smiles as he thinks about going to a men's rehab program. A men’s rehabilitation program at our California facility only accepts men. As a result, you can feel confident in knowing that your peers will have at least some of the same experiences that you have had since they are also men. While all the patients in a men’s rehabilitation program are men, that is not the case with the staff and workers.

Men often have different struggles from women. This is true in most circumstances, but particularly for treatment. We want you to be able to complete treatment and move on to living your best life. For this reason, we have developed a program dedicated to the unique problems that you may face. This way, you can get the tools you need to succeed. You can also learn how to conquer your stumbling blocks.

What Are the Differences Between The Genders During Each Stage of Addiction? 

There are significant differences in the ways that men and women deal with drugs. These differences range from the way that they become addicted to drugs to how they maintain a drug problem and even the relapse. Men, for instance, are more likely to start taking drugs or alcohol as part of a group. They want to fit in, and they don’t want to look unmanly or weak. As a result, they tend to crumble under the peer pressure if they’re out at a party or a club. Women, on the other hand, are often prescribed medication for anxiety or other mental disorders and end up self-medicating.

Additionally, the escalation of drugs is different. The process for men becoming addicted takes longer than it does for women. This is true for alcohol, gambling, or drugs. Men also end up becoming addicted at a lower dose than women do, but side effects affect them less frequently. Men also face less of a stigma when they are addicted, perhaps due to society’s general stereotypes of gender roles.

Sadly, there is also a difference in mortality rates. Men are more than three times more likely to have a health problem caused by a substance abuse addiction. They are also more likely to die from alcohol use. 

During the withdrawal process, men tend to have more severe symptoms than women, especially from alcohol. However, men have lengthier periods of abstinence. Some research indicates that this may be due to men receiving more support from their friends and family or their jobs. Women’s partners tend not to support them in their abstinence at home. 

You should not feel ashamed if this sounds familiar to you. Many men have experienced the same struggles you have. It doesn’t make you weak or unmanly. Seeking treatment can be a life-changing decision, and you will not regret it. If you know you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, you also know you need help. A men’s rehab program could be your best chance for recovery.

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Why Do Men Abuse Drugs or Alcohol?

Research suggests that men start to abuse drugs or alcohol for a variety of reasons. One, as indicated above, is social. When you’re in college or working a job, most social events involve alcohol. Additionally, due to social stigmas, men are reluctant to talk about their feelings and can turn to an addictive substance to help them cope with new or challenging emotions. In many cases, they feel that using alcohol and drugs to suppress their feelings is a better alternative than talking about them.

After men become addicted to a substance, they may be reluctant to seek help due to shame or guilt. They may believe that they shouldn’t go to treatment because, in their minds, they should “be strong enough” not to become addicted in the first place. However, it is important to remember that addiction isn’t something that anyone, including men, has control over. 

As medical professionals are learning more and more often today, addiction is a disease, just like any other. If someone had a cold or the flu, they wouldn’t believe it to be a weakness. They would go to the doctor and get something to help cure them of their illness. Addiction works the exact same way. It’s a sickness or disease that can also be treated, just in a different way than a cold or the flu would be.

Are Men More Likely To Abuse Certain Substances More Than Women?

While women are just as likely to use the same types of drugs and alcohol as men, there are certain substances that, according to studies, are more likely to be used by men more than women. This is seen more with illicit substances than anything else. Some of the substances that have a higher usage and addiction rate in men as opposed to women include:

  • Marijuana
  • Stimulants such as cocaine and meth
  • MDMA
  • Heroin
  • Prescription opioids

What Are Some Advantages to a Men’s Rehabiliation Program?

Though there are countless benefits to a program that only accepts men, there are a few benefits that stand out more than others. Three specific ones are:

Reasons to choose our program:

  • Overcoming Society’s Expectations
  • American culture generally expects men to be strong and heroic, which could lead some to be hesitant to enroll in a rehab program. Society demonstrates that men aren’t supposed to show signs of weakness and vulnerability, especially in front of women. However, if you are in a treatment program that only has other men in it, you might feel more comfortable letting your guard down and sharing your feelings and concerns.At Phoenix Rising, we believe that this will help lessen the undertone of disapproval associated with men’s rehabilitation. Making you feel more comfortable during the treatment process will only better your chances of recovering from your addiction and living a clean and sober life.
  • Shared Viewpoint
  • Men and women have different viewpoints when it comes to the majority of the aspects of their lives. This includes the way men and women each view addiction. By entering a men’s only treatment program, the instructors and counselors can use these male-dominant viewpoints as a teaching tool. Staff can better focus on these feelings that men have that are unique to them. This leads to a more comfortable setting for the man, which in turn leads to a better chance of him achieving sobriety.
  • Male-Centric Discussion
  • Without the addition of the female viewpoint, men can feel more comfortable truly opening up and sharing their feelings. With nobody around to “impress” with their macho attitude, they can focus on the issues that are unique to them as men. This reduces or completely negates the gender-specific issues traditionally related to women, which in turn allows men to concentrate on the problems faced by them in treatment.This also allows for bonding and a support system to be created that can help all the participants on their road to recovery. Having a support system consisting of other men can go a long way in not just getting sober, but staying sober as well.

These benefits aside, a man’s body is different from a woman’s, so it also recovers differently. By enrolling in a men’s rehab program, men can focus solely on their recovery without any outside distractions or fears.

What is Available at Phoenix Rising?

Located in beautiful Palm Springs, California, our four-story ranch is secluded from the outside world. Here, you can focus on your recovery instead of the external pressures of everyday life. It is also equipped with an in-house pool, gym, rec-room, and a jacuzzi. This allows you to use fitness and physical well-being to bring you closer to recovery.

Most importantly, we offer several rehabilitation programs, including:

Additionally, we want to be sensitive to your cultural and ethnic needs. For this reason, we provide kosher diets and allow Shabbat observances upon your request. Phoenix Rising, located in scenic Palm Springs, California, offers plenty of services to get you on the road to treatment.

Are You Looking For a Men’s Rehabilitation Program?

The road to recovery can be difficult. The last thing you need to worry about is being around people that you don’t feel comfortable being around while you undergo treatment. That’s why, at Phoenix Rising, we are proud to offer a men’s specific rehab program. Our caring staff at our facility will help you every step of the way as you travel down your road to recovery. If you or your loved one needs help, don’t wait. Contact us today!