The Benefits of Gender Specific Treatment

At the Prescott House, we offer gender specific treatment options for males struggling with a wide variety of addictions. We’re a nationally recognized residential treatment and extended care center that can help you or a loved one treat numerous personal issues. Our men’s rehab program provides a structured therapeutic environment where our clients are truly able to focus on healing and developing necessary life skills to aid them in their recovery journey.  We believe being a gender specific program is important in meeting our client’s level of comfort, focus, and therapeutic needs especially in the case of men specific issues.

Comfort

At the Prescott House, our clients experience therapeutic sessions in both group and individual settings. Especially in group therapy sessions, it is important for our client’s to present themselves as their true self, to be honest and open. As such, many men feel more comfortable sharing and opening up in a non-coed environment of peers. In group therapy, the best results are achieved from those that open up and truly share themselves, and their struggles, with the other members of the group. Due to this feeling of vulnerability, men are often more comfortable opening up to other groups of men, rather than in a co-ed environment.

Focus

While the primary focus in rehabilitation is sobriety, unnecessary distractions such as looking your very best, or worrying that the things you say in group may offend or cast you in an unfavorable light to the opposite sex are often detrimental to treatment. These small distractions from the primary focus on sobriety can prevent someone in early recovery from honestly participating in the necessary self-reflection to have a successful group therapy experience.

Differing Needs

What most people fail to realize is that men and women handle addiction differently, both on a physical and psychological basis. While men and women develop dependency similarly, the way the body and mind react to it are completely different. Women experience addiction in a multifaceted way that is often closely tied to violence and abuse, risky sexual behavior and often unwanted pregnancy and complications from said pregnancy should it occur. Men experience some of these associations as well, but when asked, men often cite employment and legal concerns as reasons for seeking treatment while women cite health and family problems. Although the addiction is the same, the treatment and recovery for male and female addicted persons are often very different. While the nature of the program is often similar (therapy, group, 12-step program, etc.) the gender specific centers are often vastly different in topics discussed in groups, concerns, and overall mental health and physical well-being.

In group therapy, for example, women often discuss issues such as unhealthy intimate relationships, eating disorders, parenting and child custody, physical health, appearance, hygiene and familial issues while men’s issues tend to gravitate toward father and son relationships, anger, aggression, feelings of isolation, sexual issues or dysfunction, and job or career related concerns. As such, separating the two groups by sex not only leads to more impactful dialogue, but a relative ease to opening up for men who often have difficulty showing vulnerability or opening up around women.

At Prescott House, we recognize the differing needs for both men and women, and as such we have decided to cater our program to suit the needs of men and men’s issues. We feel that by separating the sexes, we can better serve our clients and give them the best chance for on-going success.

If you or a loved one is in need of rehabilitation to battle a new or on-going addiction, please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about our gender specific program.

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