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Men's Recovery Program - Dual Diagnosis & Holistic Treatment

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Holistic Recovery Center For Men

On many treatment program's websites, you will discover that many of these companies promote a "holistic" model of care or, more specifically, individualized attention. We hope to shed light on holistic drug rehab centers, address limitations for all programs about providing a holistic framework for treating addiction, and how Peaks Recovery achieves a holistic framework.

When it comes to treating young adult men gripped by alcohol and drug addiction, including underlying mental health disorders, medical detox is used to remove all drugs and alcohol from the system, and once medically stable we must discover the causes for the use in the first place.

Causes may include:

  • Past trauma such as emotional or physical abuse.
  • Underlying mental-health disorders such as bipolar, depressive, or anxiety disorders
  • Fundamentally related to adolescent behaviors and mentalities.

Clinically speaking, if we don’t promote psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, and cognitive healing, then we have done nothing to undo the causes of the substance use disorder, and the chance of relapse is almost guaranteed.

For young adults, it is challenging to undo all the causes for a variety of reasons. In the case of trauma, for example, there is a great deal of shame and guilt often associated with past traumatic experiences.

Undoing recurring trauma is nearly impossible if the shame and guilt are not dealt with as well. In fact, working with trauma or mental health disorders and developing real-world coping mechanisms requires a substantial investment of the individuals time. Often, clients tell their families that thirty days is all they need. This is true for some, however, for the vast majority of people, it takes time, many years at times to thoroughly work through their issues.

We at Peaks Recovery Centers understand that both the addiction and underlying causes of the addiction manifest themselves differently for men and women. This is why we promote a gender-specific, evidence-based treatment approach which has been empirically shown to be effective in the treatment of addiction and dual diagnosis. In fact, we are among a tiny handful of holistic treatment programs here in the state of Colorado that offer gender-specific treatment. We also offer prolonged stay options to provide long-term work surrounding the underlying disorders.

The Best Types of Individual Therapy for Men

It's becoming more socially acceptable for men to seek assistance with mental health disorders and substance abuse. However, it can still take a lot of inner strength to take that first step and make an appointment with a medical doctor, counselor, or psychotherapist. Knowing where to turn and what type of therapy to choose can be another problematic aspect.

Motivational Interviewing

The purpose of Motivational Interviewing (MI) is to help an individual move from a place of uncertainty into a place where there is motivation to make healthier decisions and accomplish personal goals. Motivational Interviewing is often used for drug abuse, sex addiction, gambling addiction, depression, and anxiety.

The way that men are often socialized leads to a feeling of uncertainty when it comes to expressing deep emotions. Motivational Interviewing induces a comfortable place for men to talk about the things that are plaguing them in an agreeable and relaxing environment. This type of therapy is low-key with a therapist listening to what the individual has to say and helping them feel supported in the decisions they make, and will make.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) applies a broad range of mental disorders and addiction methods. It is used for PTSD, OCD, depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and more. CBT is incredibly structured and offers clear individual goals and the solutions for attaining those goals.

Something often devastating for men is the feeling that they’re not in control. CBT is a therapy found to help alleviate that feeling for many people. The structured methodology of CBT helps an individual feel more emotionally and mentally grounded and in better control of their life. This aspect alone helps remove some of the distress that a person may feel. CBT is something people may continue to use in other aspects of daily life. CBT is also addressed through fellowship within the community through programs like Smart Recovery. This might appeal to someone who prefers to learn coping methods and leave formal therapy.

Trauma Therapy

Men experience trauma just like anyone else. While not as commonly discussed in our society, men are victims of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. As a male, this kind of trauma can be devastating, but it often seems the correct social response is to downplay those feelings or remain silent about them. In other aspects of life, trauma can occur.

PTSD is characteristic of those who have served in the armed forces or those who have endured recurring abuse, both of which are addressed through trauma therapy.

Talking about the trauma is a great first step, and often suggested by mental health professionals. By pulling back the layers of suffering that the trauma has caused, it gives a new base to heal from. Men may feel more comfortable talking about their emotions and trauma with someone in a professional atmosphere where confidentiality is assured.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is commonly confused with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), but they are not the same. CBT helps a person understand their thoughts and behaviors, thereby helping that person change them.

DBT looks at a person’s life and experiences and doesn’t shy away from them, but instead, helps a person confront them. As such, patients using DBT will learn ways to better cope with issues that are often stressful or otherwise negative.

Men may find that DBT is an excellent fit for their needs. Like CBT, DBT is used with numerous disorders and addictions. It is straightforward and involves working with a therapist, participating in skills groups, and having access to additional support as needed. It is a logic-oriented type of therapy, which appeals to a great number of men who require therapy.

Psychiatry Sessions

Another option for men's treatment is to engage in private sessions with a psychiatrist. As a medical doctor, this is more comfortable for some men as it doesn't have the same feel as having a therapist. Instead, people see a fully-licensed medical professional who is skilled in mental illness and treating addiction.

A psychiatrist can listen to a person's problems and help in a variety of ways. For instance, the psychiatrist may do evaluations and tests to determine what your underlying mental disorder is. Once diagnosed, the doctor can treat the patient using various methods. They might suggest psychotherapy for one person, brain stimulation treatment for another person, and prescribe a medication for a third person. Often, a psychiatrist can point a patient in the right direction for additional resources. This is especially helpful for those who prefer to keep their problems private.

At Peaks Recovery, we have an onsite psychiatrist available to visit clients on a weekly basis, if needed, for updated psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We also have a full-time psychologist who is a primary therapist in our men's program. For more intensive needs, such as psychiatric disorders, our clients are offered additional clinical services help with underlying disorders.

Conclusion

If you are a young adult male experiencing mental illness or alcohol and drug addiction, many treatment options are available. The Peaks Recovery model of care seeks to address underlying disorders or issues that perpetuate your cycle of addiction. Each client of ours deserves to feel empowered and in control of your life. Therapy is a way toward that experience, and we offer a variety of onsite and external therapy sessions to help you work on your issues. Call to learn more today.

Five Benefits of Group Therapy for Men

Starting group therapy can be a massive undertaking for anyone, and merely determining whether it is the right thing for you often takes a lot of consideration. While both men and women seek therapy, they often have very different reasons for doing so. There are various causes for which the substance abuse or mental disorders to manifest in the first place. That's why it is so essential that therapy focuses on the real needs of the individuals.

Group therapy with other men provides a safe, relaxed, and comfortable environment. It has a different feel than everyday life, which is often appreciated by men who are in situations where they feel they lack control. Here’s some insight into the most significant benefits that men often experience with participating in group therapy.

  1. Lessening the Stigma

    Our society has an expansive list of expectations for men, which may or may not be easy to uphold, especially when also dealing with mental illness or substance addiction. Men are traditionally expected to show less emotion than women, be strong both physically and mentally, and bury their deepest feelings. This is also why so many men find it challenging to seek therapy in the first place. Simply put, asking someone for help can be the antithesis of what many men believe they should be doing.

    In a group therapy setting with other men, an individual may find those societal expectations fall away. With other men present, sharing issues and emotions of their own, that societal requirement doesn't seem as pressing. Every man is there for the same reasons, so there's nothing to prove to anyone else. As such, conversation and discussion can be more focused on pressing topics to find positive solutions.

  2. Fewer Judgments

    Being in a group with other men often leads to the feeling of being judged. In groups with both men and women, there can be considerable differences in experiences between men and women. For instance, a woman may have experiences with men who have been aggressive or abusive, which can mean discussing these things is more difficult and nuanced. Men may also have experience as aggressors which can be very hard to articulate, especially in mixed company.

    Of course, co-ed therapy groups don’t remove the ability to discuss these challenging topics, but comfort is often found in groups made up exclusively of men. The sexual tension between the opposite sex is also absent in gender-specific groups. A reduction in different reactions allows men to focus on and discuss topics about how other men have experienced and dealt with the same problems. This lack of gender-biased judgment makes a huge difference when it comes to issues such as these.

  3. Male-Specific Issues

    There are specific issues and needs concerning either gender. In a group comprised of men only, more time is focused on topics specific to men. While it can be essential to understanding the way other people experience mental illness or substance abuse, it’s more important for therapy to offer solutions and discussions that everyone present can relate to.

    Some of the things that can be talked about in a male group therapy session are reasons for mental illness and addiction, the way that men have specific pressures as husbands, boyfriends, fathers, and sons, and how to cope with the various stressors that are specific only to men.

  4. Level Of Comfort

    Men participating in group therapy are more likely to find themselves interested in contributing and continuing therapy if they feel the environment is a comfortable one. Men tend to feel more comfortable in groups with other men, for a variety of individual reasons. As such, a men’s therapy group may allow for a higher level of bonding and trust. While this, in itself, is important, it also leads to higher-level discussions.

    For instance, those who are comfortable and relaxed in an environment with those of their gender may find it easier to open up about their actual feelings. They may also be more comfortable talking about sex, relationships, and self-esteem. Conversations about control and how it affects their lives, as well as fears about their illness or addiction are more likely to be brought up, which means they can be worked through.

  5. Shared Experiences

    While men in group therapy sessions may not have the same problems, the same background, or the same lifestyle – they do have similar experiences based solely on gender and its effect on life. For men who are in group therapy for alcoholism or drug addiction, those shared experiences and the shared problem can lead to healthier interactions and a better understanding of one another.

    Also, men who have experienced abuse may find it easier to accept and talk about with those who are similar to them. While abuse often is thought of as a female-only issue, nothing could be further from the truth. Men experience emotional, physical, mental, and sexual abuse, just like women. This can bring up powerful emotions that may be able to be expressed in a situation where a man feels they’re in a shared, comfortable environment.

Conclusion

Men who are considering therapy for a mental illness or substance abuse should consider group therapy. A group that consists of other men can provide understanding, relaxation, and a place where challenging topics are more comfortable to discuss. If you are considering therapy yourself, for whatever reason, electing to try group therapy or even supplement individual therapy in addition to group therapy can be a great decision.