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Are Men More Likely To Become Addicted?

Anyone can become addicted to alcohol or drugs at any time in life. There’s no such thing as the “typical” person experiencing addiction. But that doesn’t mean that some groups aren’t more likely than others to face addiction at high rates.

Men are one such group, making up a large percentage of those needing comprehensive addiction treatment services. But unfortunately, many men don’t seek the treatment they need. 

At Healing Pines Recovery, we’re dedicated to changing this fact with men’s only addiction treatment services that truly make a difference. Our men’s addiction treatment center in Colorado carefully considers the needs of men and establishes a welcoming community where you can focus on healing and creating a new, healthier lifestyle. Ready to get started? Give us a call today at (720) 706-7980.

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Are Men More Likely to Abuse Drugs?

Men and women both develop addictions or substance use disorders (SUDs) at similar rates. However, it is generally true that men are more likely than others to abuse drugs of any kind, particularly high-risk substances. While recent data on the differences in substance use behaviors between the sexes is limited, we do know that, historically, men use drugs more often across the board. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 15.5% of men reported using any illicit drug in the past year compared to just 10.7% of women (2019). 

But men aren’t only more likely to abuse drugs. They’re also more likely to end up in the hospital or experience a severe (even fatal) overdose as a result of their substance use. What’s more, estimates show that men tend to have higher rates of dependence on illicit drugs and alcohol than women. Finally, men face a higher risk of experiencing addiction in the long term, therefore increasing their chances of facing serious health consequences like chronic disease, injury, or cancer.

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Addiction in Men

Substance Use Trends for Men: Quick Facts

We know that men use substances more than women and others, but it’s also important to note that how men misuse substances is unique, too. Recent data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse reveals that men use some types of drugs more heavily and frequently than their female counterparts. Coupled with what we’ve already established about male substance use behaviors, these findings point out primary areas of need for men living with addiction: 

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Men and Addiction

Men Are Especially Likely to Face Long-Term Addiction

Why is it that men misuse substances more often than others, and why are they more likely to experience a long-term substance use disorder? There are many factors that can be at play here, from genetics to biology to social expectations. However, experts note that a large part of why men are more likely to struggle with a lasting addiction is because men often wait much longer than others to seek the treatment they need. The fear of being perceived as weak, not knowing how to seek help or the belief that it’s better to overcome addiction alone holds many men back from life-changing care. Likewise, since men tend to misuse substances more severely and regularly, they often enter treatment with a higher level of need, which can complicate finding support that works.

Many men also face more severe withdrawal symptoms, particularly for alcohol addictions. Since sobriety is often a requirement for starting treatment, some men find it too challenging to start on the road to recovery. These realities, coupled with the fact that men use drugs or alcohol more often than women to fit into group settings and form bonds, link substance use to happiness for many of our clients. This understandably makes focusing on recovery a scary and even threatening premise. But there are ways to break down these walls and get the help you deserve, no matter where you’re at on your sobriety journey.

The leadership and staff were committed to my success.

Paul is a man of integrity which flows through his team. I have been to other recovery programs and HPR stands far above them all. The small group structure offers a more intimate and personalized experience. This was so much more beneficial to my recovery than facilities preaching a "one-size-fits-all" solution to larger and fragmented groups. It was like having personal and knowledgeable therapists dedicated to me for a full month! They went out of their way to understand the root of my challenges and construct a path for improvement that is unique and relatable to me. This was a huge benefit!

Jay C

It saved my life, in every sense.

I spent a month at Healing Pines Recovery. The actual location itself is unreal. A beautiful cabin lodge, with gorgeous scenery. The rooms are large, queen beds, very comfortable! Great bathrooms with great showers! There is a pool table, slam jam, (Christine! 😉 frisbee golf, and daily access to a nearby gym. The property also has a pickle ball court that was used daily, Zoey the counselor beat us men constantly!

Clay M

My experience with Healing Pines Recovery has been wonderful.

My husband was their client, and they helped him be able to help himself. He is doing amazing! I think the combination of counseling, physical labor, meditation, AA, and just the beauty of the place itself all had a very positive impact on him. They really cared about him, and that did not stop just because he came home. Also they have counseling for the families and it has really helped me a lot. Heather is awesome! I thank God that we had them in our lives when we were most vulnerable.

Susan M

We wanted to share our gratitude to the staff.

Our son was under the care of Healing Pines recently and we wanted to share our gratitude to the staff. There were many challenges in his pursuing treatment, and thankfully Paul and Heather C helped us navigate all of them skillfully with patience and compassion.

Jim E

You'll get your life back!

Healing Pines Recovery is/was instrumental in setting me up for long term success in my recovery journey. I've been to treatment centers in the past and HPR is nothing like anything I've attended before. They're very small, intimate, and hands-on approach to recovery was exactly what I was looking for when seeking treatment. I knew that a large, one size fits all program like those offered by many other treatment centers in Colorado wouldn't provide me with the help I desperately needed. Paul and his Team are incredible and I would highly recommend HPR to anyone who needs help starting their recovery journey. Big shout out to James for all of his guidance during my time at HPR. His grace, knowledge, understanding, and direction were/are key to my continued success in recovery. One HUGE piece of the puzzle I love is the after care I've received from HPR... I am in constant contact with Paul, James, and many other staff members through the their alumni programs and it has helped me so much with life after HPR. This program was truly a miracle in my life and I know it will be for many other men struggling with addiction and/or alcoholism. You'll get your life back!

Nicholas P

This is truly a great recovery facility.

My learning experience here was something I’ll take with me throughout my whole life. The staff here will always be a part of my family and I am beyond thankful for everything they have done and continue to do for my well-being.

Gunnar P

I can't speak more highly of Healing Pines Recovery & Addiction Center.

It is located in a beautiful Colorado location with lots of outdoor activities and fresh air. They have a very knowledgeable and professional staff that goes above and beyond to meet your needs.

Riley K

I couldn’t have been at a more amazing place to begin this journey.

Seriously an amazing place. Everything from how beautiful the house and the property it sits on down to every person staffed there was nothing less than perfect. More than highly recommended in every sense. If you’re reading this and trying to find the right place for treatment and recovery I would absolutely look no further. Everyone’s recovery is different and we all need a comfortable place with people we can trust through this battle, healing pines understood that everyone’s path is different and they 100% cater to that. I couldn’t have been any luckier with finding Healing Pines. I won’t go any deeper and start to thank everyone there individually, But I want to express my gratitude to everyone on the HEALING PINES TEAM. Without you all, my path in sobriety would not look anywhere near the way it looks today. Seriously from the bottom of my heart thank you!

James M
Seeking Treatment

Understanding When to Seek Help

If you show signs of a SUD, are concerned about your substance use, or are experiencing a relapse, it’s likely time to reach out for help. Any inkling that you might benefit from professional support is worth paying attention to. While seeking help can feel like an isolating and intimidating experience, men are actually more likely (in general) than women to receive support from their peers and communities when pursuing treatment. There’s no shame or weakness in asking for help and receiving the care you need. Appropriate and tailored addiction treatment for men works to get to the heart of substance use behaviors and understand how to fully address them. Like any other chronic health condition, addiction should be taken seriously. How you feel now is not how you have to feel forever.

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Addiction Treatment for Men at Healing Pines Recovery

Here at Healing Pines Recovery, we understand the treatment challenges and experiences many men face. That’s why we’ve created our men’s addiction treatment services to consider and build upon the realities our clients bring to the table. Through our residential inpatient rehab program, we encourage clients to work on healing not only their addiction but their whole selves. To do that, we utilize a combination of traditional, experiential, and holistic treatment methodologies, which allows us to meet each client’s needs from all angles. Some of the treatment approaches we use in our facility include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Outdoor experiential therapy
  • Yoga therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Physical fitness therapy
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Men’s Addiction Resources: Learn More About Substance Abuse

Whether you live with a SUD yourself or know someone who does, it’s never a bad idea to familiarize yourself with some of the ways you can learn more about addiction. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to understanding and eliminating addiction’s causes. Managing your needs over time and knowing where to turn in a crisis is also a key part of recovery. It’s okay if your journey isn’t linear; what matters most is that you always get back on track. Resources like these can help you or a loved one do just that.

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Get the Help You Deserve at Healing Pines Recovery

Men may be more likely to use substances and become addicted to them in the long term, but that doesn’t mean men have to be less likely to successfully recover. In fact, many of the obstacles that hold men back can be easily overcome with a change in perspective. While we know it’s not always easy to take the first step, we do believe that there’s strength in knowing when it’s time to seek help. Sometimes, the best way to support those you love and achieve your goals is by putting yourself first.

Addiction can be an isolating experience, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Healing Pines Recovery is here to help. Our Colorado men’s drug rehab center is dedicated to giving people like you the tools they need to thrive. Your journey will be as unique as you are. Our goal is to provide the care, support, and encouragement you may need to discover what it looks like for you. Get started today by calling us at (720) 706-7980 or contact us using our online form.

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Michael Marrow, MS, LAC, MFTC

Lead Therapist

Mike is a Licensed Addiction Counselor with a passion for science and evidence-based practice. As an undergraduate Mike participated in the McNair Scholars program where he partnered with a highly published scientist to create an original project seeking to understand the intersection of trauma types and interpersonal behaviors. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Latino Studies, Mike went on to study at Cal State San Bernardino for a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology. Under the supervision of Dr. Christina Hassija, Mike learned the intricacies of trauma-focused therapy including Prolonged Exposure for PTSD and went on to co-author an encyclopedia chapter on trauma-focused treatments with his said mentor. After graduation, Mike worked in the addictions field applying trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) within various treatment settings including government mental health clinics, residential units, and outpatient non-profits. Mike has also completed post graduate training in addictions and obtained multiple certificates in various CBT modalities.

Despite the scholarly and clinical resume, Mike truly appreciates the process of change and seeks to find joy in the work of therapy. He believes that therapists are present to serve the milieu and that a custom approach to recovery is paramount. He takes personal stories of trauma, grief, and general loss seriously while finding humility in being a part of another’s recovery journey.

Dr. Heath D Canfield, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Canfield grew up in Southern California and graduated Cum Laude with his bachelor’s degree in psychology.  He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in California before moving to Colorado to complete his psychiatry residency at the University of Colorado where he served as chief resident.  He completed additional training in psychoanalysis at the University of Colorado.  He has worked in forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and physician mental health.  He strives to stay current with evidence based treatments in psychiatry.  When not working, Dr. Canfield is spending time with his wife and three boys.