Learning to build connections, be vulnerable, and communicate are all important aspects of recovery. For some people, these things can be very difficult to do. This is especially true for men due to the many stigmas about them and being vulnerable with their emotions. Having a community in recovery is very important; without such a network, it can make the journey feel very lonely.
Healing Pines Recovery is an all-men’s treatment center that provides support and guidance for those working through recovery. Being in a gender-specific treatment center can be greatly beneficial for men who are struggling to open up and build connections with others. Exclusively in treatment with other men, it can make it feel easier to connect because others may have similar experiences to your own.
The Benefits of Men’s-Only Treatment
Many benefits come with being in men’s-only treatment. Some of these benefits include building deeper connections with your peers. This is because your peers can share stories and experiences that may be more similar to yours. These connections are usually made during group therapy sessions.
Other benefits of gender-specific treatment can include feeling more comfortable in your environment and having more courage to open up. Opening up can be challenging for many men because of the stigmas that exist – for example, that “men don’t cry.” But being vulnerable and opening up is crucial to your success during treatment. Being surrounded by other men who understand such stigmas can make you feel more inclined to share your own experiences.
At Healing Pines Recovery, we offer men the chance to share their recovery journey with others through group therapy sessions. This is a highly effective method for overcoming substance use disorder (SUD) and trauma. We believe that group therapy is essential to the healing process. It allows you to view different perspectives on recovery from others who are actively working through their own treatment plan.
How Men’s-Only Treatment Can Help Build Deeper Connections
Men’s-only treatment can also help to build deeper connections and a solid support system. Through the use of group therapy, you are not only able to discuss your addiction recovery but your mental health as well. A study done by the National Library of Medicine states that many scholars have acknowledged that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health.
Being able to share your feelings about mental health disorders you struggle with can be relieving and freeing. Addiction recovery can improve your overall mental health as well. Sharing your struggles can even inspire other men to speak up about their own.
This type of group sharing allows a community to develop and grow as one. Being with other men breaks down the stigmas and stereotypes that hold men back from speaking up. With a positive community backing you and the support of peers that are dealing with similar situations, it can make recovery less lonely.
The Struggles Men Face With Addiction Recovery
While everyone struggles with addiction recovery, there are still struggles that are specific to men. Again, this has to do with the stigmas that the world has created, believing that men are not “tough” if they show emotions. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) publication Addressing the Specific Behavioral Health Needs of Men, men are expected to be competitive and, at times, aggressive, which can affect their mental health.
This type of thinking can breed hesitation toward sharing feelings and being vulnerable with others. It can also make men hesitant to share due to not knowing how others will respond to their feelings. While women are viewed as nurturing and emotionally in tune with each other, men are not viewed in that same light. In traditional gender roles, men are told to tough it out and not talk about their emotions. This can often lead to toxic masculinity, which can be a hard mindset to break.
At Healing Pines Recovery, we strive to break those gender-related stigmas. With an expert staff to help guide you throughout your whole recovery process, we provide you with a safe and understanding environment to heal. Being able to communicate your feelings entirely is necessary for proper treatment. With a group of men that understand that importance, we can break down the walls that society has built up, which hold men back.
Going through your recovery journey alone can impact your treatment in a negative way. Having a support group and being able to share your feelings can help change that. At Healing Pines Recovery, we help to ease our clients into trusting each other. You do not have to feel alone during this difficult time of your life. We are here to support you in a nurturing, healing environment among other peers.
Building connections can be an important part of addiction recovery. For some people, this can be very hard – especially for men. Gender-specific treatment can make opening up and be vulnerable easier and more appealing. There are many different issues that men may face in recovery and not being able to connect to others is a major one. At Healing Pines Recovery, we are here to help men struggling through addiction recovery and who need help building connections. Being in an all-male environment promotes healthy behaviors and open communication. If you are seeking treatment and identify as male, do not hesitate to reach out to Healing Pines Recovery today at (720) 575-2621.