Acknowledging that the time is now for change and that you’re finally ready to take the steps necessary to shift the course of your life is a momentous occasion. Truly a decision worth celebrating in its own right.
However, that first big step leads directly to another important choice and an accompanying question.
Where do you go for rehab?
A quick Google search yields a seemingly endless array of results for treatment and it can all get overwhelming quickly. There are some quick ways to narrow it down though and among them is deciding whether men only rehab is right for you. There are plenty of benefits that are touched on below but the main thing it does, at least initially, is narrow the field of view and make picking a rehab just that little bit easier.
Signs I Need to Go to Rehab
Before delving into that though, perhaps you haven’t quite come to the conclusion you need rehab or maybe you’re concerned about a loved one whom you think might be abusing drugs or alcohol.
Knowing the signs of addiction and if it’s severe enough to warrant treatment go a long way in making an informed determination. Here are some things to look for that might mean it’s time to start considering treatment or some type of intervention:
- Lost control of usage taking more drugs or drinking more than planned
- Spending a disproportionate amount of time getting, using or recovering from drugs or alcohol
- Inability to quit or cut back despite sincere efforts to do so
- Drugs or drinking has become the main priority in your life
- Strained relationships with friends and family around you
- Missing important events, skipping activities, etc. in favor of drug use or drinking
- Work, school and the ability to stick with responsibilities all-around has gone down
- Drinking or doing drugs despite the clear negative repercussions
- Legal and financial issues related to using
- Taking more or drinking more to achieve the same level of intoxication aka developing a tolerance
Why Go to a Men Only Rehab?
There are plenty of reasons why going to a rehab center for men only could be advantageous for you but the most basic is this: addiction affects men and women differently.
From how drugs are taken to the rates of addiction to particular drugs to the effects, there are differences across the board and gender-specific treatment could be more helpful for some people.
On emotional, relational, behavioral and physiological levels, men and women differ. Men only rehab allows for specialized treatment that is catered to the male experience.
Shared Experience Makes It Easy to Relate and Creates Better Communication
There’s an innate baseline of relatability when you’re around people that have likely lived through similar experiences to you from childhood to situations as an adult. A fundamental level on which everyone “gets it” and has some degree of a shared lived reality.
The better you understand someone, the easier it is to have meaningful conversations.
If you’re surrounded by people who understand you it’s easier to feel comfortable and open up around them, something that could very well take longer in a mixed treatment center. If your drug or alcohol use was related to a relationship, for example, it might be tough to be honest about if women are present. Similarly, with exploring feelings and fears. The comfort to be candid is priceless when it comes to treatment.
Getting into a relationship in rehab is generally considered a no-no because it distracts you from the task at hand. Rehab requires focus and a new relationship or even just sexual attraction or tension is something that can derail the process.
Let Valley Recovery Center Agua Dulce Help You Get Sober
If you’re at the point that you’re ready to commit to men only rehab or have any questions or concerns about whether it’s right for you, give us a shout at Valley Recovery Center at Agua Dulce and we can walk you through everything you need to know.