Addiction does not discriminate, which means that it can tragically affect anyone from any background. However, it does present differing challenges for specific groups of people. For example, men face different problems in recovery than women do, laying out the need for these to be addressed. Many men can become deflated in recovery when they are unable to overcome problems on their own. By learning about these specific problems and how to move through them, men in recovery can get the help they need for lasting recovery.
Societal Expectations and Stereotypes
One of the first problems men often face in recovery is the societal expectations placed on them. They are expected to present as strong and fearless, no matter their suffering, which can make them avoid seeking out the help they desperately need. Delaying intervention can make the recovery process more challenging. However, those that are brave enough to realize they have a problem and admit they need help are the ones moving in the right direction.
Overlooked Mental Health Diagnoses
Many men struggle with mental health disorders that often go undiagnosed because their behaviors are seen as usual or expected. However, not addressing underlying mental health disorders in addiction recovery can make it challenging to maintain long-term sobriety. Asking for a proper mental health assessment or finding a facility specializing in co-occurring disorders in men can get you the help you need for a successful recovery.
Engaging in Treatment
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for men to be less engaged while in treatment. They may stay quieter than women during group counseling sessions or find it challenging to discuss underlying traumas. By starting small and discussing one thing at a time, you can overcome this and set yourself up for recovery. Engaging in treatment is also an excellent way to prevent relapse down the road.
Recovery can pose unique challenges for men that others do not understand. This can leave men feeling isolated, misunderstood, and defeated. However, learning about the distinct obstacles men face in addiction recovery and offering support as they try to overcome them can help those struggling to maintain long-term sobriety. At Alta Loma Transformational Services, our programs are designed to address men’s needs in recovery. Through various modalities, we teach men how to make recovery work for them and live a life they are proud of. Call us today to learn more at (866) 457-3843.