There are more men in rehabilitation centers for substance use disorder (SUD) than women, according to an article published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in April 2020. For this reason, there are many different types of treatment facilities and methods. One form would be Spero Recovery’s residential treatment for men. Our recovery program is separated by gender because we want to ensure everyone is getting the treatment they need to thrive in their recovery journey.
What Is Residential Treatment?
There are a lot of treatment options for SUD, including live-in programs called residential. This means staying in the facility throughout the duration of treatment.
Participating in residential treatment can be a good fit for those that have had multiple unsuccessful attempts with treatment, and that have relapsed. It can also really help those that live in environments that don’t promote sobriety and can put you at risk of returning to your substance use.
Benefits of Residential Treatment for Men
There are a lot of benefits to participating in residential treatment, such as:
- Being in a nonjudgmental community.
- Knowing you are not alone on this journey, and others have experienced similar events.
- Seeing other men that are showing emotions can make it easier for you to do the same.
- Allowing you to confide in others in a more comfortable setting.
- Providing a safe and sober environment for you to get treatment.
- Having the ability to experience multiple therapies.
- Having access to constant care.
- Finding the underlying cause of your addiction, so that it can be addressed directly.
- Keeping you away from triggers that can lead to relapse.
Men specifically can benefit through residential treatment. It allows you to witness other men opening up and relinquishing the idea of “being a man” that has been instilled in you. You can feel safer and more comfortable being vulnerable, as well as learn new ways of thinking that will allow you to continue this habit outside of treatment. Learning to better communicate can help improve your relationships and increase your chances of reaching long-term sobriety.
Spero Recovery’s Residential Treatment for Men
We are a residential treatment facility in Evergreen, Colorado. With the use of grants and donations to keep our costs lower than the national average we can provide effective and affordable care. This makes us the perfect match for under and uninsured individuals seeking out help.
Men and women have different programs because we understand that each gender has different obstacles and needs to be met to give them the best chance of reaching long-term sobriety. Both programs emphasize peer support and using community in the recovery process. We bring alumni back to teach experiential therapy sessions. This allows you to connect with people who have been successful in the program.
The alumni are also people that understand what you are going through. This way you are able to confide in a nonjudgmental individual that has experience with SUD. It gives them the chance to be around people also on their recovery journey, to give back to their community, and find a sense of purpose.
The residential programs use experiential treatment that has a lot of benefits. They can be used to help connect you to your peers, provide different experiences, teach you new skills that can help you in your new sober life, and give you a way to decompress. Some of the experiences we use include sand volleyball, hiking, meditation, woodworking, nature walks, cooking classes, and rock climbing. Our vast land in Colorado provides us with the ability to do many different activities.
The stigma around “being a man” means that showing emotion, asking for help, and being vulnerable are all signs of weakness. This thought process can make it difficult for men to reach out for help, enter treatment, and stick with it. At Spero Recovery, we work to change this way of thinking so that we can be sure you have the best chance of maintaining your sobriety.
Changing this way of thinking can also help in your relationships by allowing you to better communicate with your partner, and to be able to open yourself up to intimacy. This can help you build a stronger support system and improve your chances of reaching long-term sobriety.
The program is a minimum of 30 days but can be extended up to 90 days to ensure you are getting what you need. We also offer sober living afterward. This acts as a transition between treatment and returning to society. It can help you find your footing and provide you the chance to get your work and living situation prepared. There is no time frame for how long you stay, which means it may be two weeks or two years. The goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident in your ability to prevent relapse and reach long-term sobriety.
Addiction can be a difficult mental health illness to accept, especially for men. The challenges that men face can make it harder for you to reach out for help, and for those that don’t struggle with substance use disorder to understand what you are going through. Men have a societal image and pressure put on them to act a certain way and trying to live up to this image can make it feel impossible for you to get the treatment you need. If you feel like you are struggling to find the right program for your recovery journey, reach out to Spero Recovery at (303) 351-7888 for more information today. We understand your unique challenges and are here to help.