It has been repeatedly proven that patients are most successful in their recovery when they participate in treatment with peers who share similar life circumstances and experiences. For this reason, amongst several others, both gender and age-specific treatment settings have proven exceedingly beneficial in facilitating long-term sobriety. We at Next Chapter strive to provide our patients with the close-knit recovery community and instantaneous peer support group that is essential to an optimal experience in addiction treatment.
Age-Specific Addiction Treatment
Every individual is extremely unique, and because of this, recovery is far from a one-size-fits-all experience. Despite our innate uniqueness, however, many of us will undergo similar life stages. Childhood, followed by high school, college, young adulthood, eventual parenthood, and retirement, for example. Sharing experiences such as these can help us to better understand and relate to one another. On the other hand, there are often barriers between specific age groups and generations, and these barriers can make effectively communicating somewhat difficult. An adolescent may feel that someone his father’s age cannot possibly begin to understand the angst and inner turmoil he is experiencing, while someone his father’s age may feel he lacks respect and maturity. In order to effectively remove potential friction and help the men in our program more readily relate to one another, we at Next Chapter separate our two residential properties based on age. One of our residential properties is geared towards men in early adulthood, typically aged 19 through 25. Men of this age are typically still heavily dependent upon their parents, and are often not yet married. Our second house is geared towards middle-aged men, typically ranging from ages 26 through 64. Men of this age are typically married (or have been), may or may not have children of their own, and have been self-sufficient for quite some time.
Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment
It has also been repeatedly proven that those seeking treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction are far more likely to achieve and maintain fulfilled recovery when they stick with peers of their same sex. Gender-specific treatment allows for an increased ability to relate while eliminating potential distractions. Many men will feel uncomfortable thoroughly opening up about past traumatic experiences in front of women, for fear of appearing overly vulnerable and emasculated. However, it is exceedingly important that men feel comfortable openly speaking about their feelings and experiences – seeing as this is how the root causes of addiction are uncovered and treated. Separating the genders in a treatment setting allows masks and pretenses to be effectively shed, leading to a more thorough and authentic recovery. Additionally, many traumatic experiences tend to involve members of the opposite sex. Not only does gender-specific treatment provide a safe environment for trauma sufferers, but it allows men to openly express issues they may have with members of the opposite sex without the fear of offending or emotionally wounding anyone. Because Next Chapter is a male-exclusive rehab facility, therapeutic group leaders are given the ability to focus exclusively on issues and experiences specific to males. Some of the topics we tend to focus on include:
- Anger-related issues
- Relational trauma
- Issues pertaining to sex and sexuality
- Effective communication and boundary setting
Male-Exclusive Addiction Treatment at Next Chapter
While many of these issues do affect both men and women, the way each gender internalizes and reacts to certain circumstances and experiences will differ greatly. We at Next Chapter work exclusively with men, focusing intensely on relational trauma, developmental disorders, and other underlying, contributing factors related directly to substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. For more information on our specific program of addiction recovery, please feel free to contact us today.