Addiction in Women Versus Men

Susan Stader

Susan Stader

Addiction is a disease that affects people of all ages, genders, nationalities, and races. With that said, there are some differences between the sexes. Whether you are male or female, though, if you are struggling with addiction, it is important to seek help. For men, Next Step Recovery is here to provide you with the support you need to get through the challenges of early sobriety.

Next Step Recovery provides men with the tools they need to get and stay sober. It is our goal for our patients to find happiness in sobriety and live a life of fulfillment and joy. In order to do this, we provide men with a variety of different therapeutic methods that are proven to help with the treatment of alcohol and drug dependence.

For more information about Next Step Recovery and the services we offer, reach out today!

Sex Differences in Substance Use

Drugs and alcohol affect men and women in a similar way. With that said, men are more likely to suffer from addiction to a variety of different substances than women. Men are also more likely to end up in the emergency room and die from overdose (1).

At Next Step Recovery, we focus on treating men and meeting their unique needs. Our program is designed to create a sense of companionship, comradery, and compassion between the men in our program. No one should have to fight addiction on their own. Next Step Recovery provides a support network for our patients to lean on and help each other through challenging times.

Intensive Outpatient Alcohol Rehab and Drug Rehab

The intensive outpatient alcohol and drug rehab program at Next Step Recovery is designed to provide patients with the care they need. Patients learn valuable skills that help not only with early recovery but also long-term recovery. The IOP (intensive outpatient) program at Next Step Recovery is a 12-week program that involves patients visiting the facility 3 to 5 days a week for a few hours at a time. This level of care is perfect for those that have at-home obligations like work or family but still need professional support.

The IOP program at Next Step Recovery is multi-faceted. We offer DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), yoga, meditation, Wilderness Adventure Therapy, and more. With the diversity of services we provide, we are able to ensure the needs of all of our patients are met.

Wilderness Adventure Therapy

Wilderness Adventure Therapy is the perfect way for the men in our program to bond, get some exercise, connect with nature, and have a ton of fun in sobriety! A major concern patients have when they get sober is whether or not they will be able to have a good time without the use of substances. Our Wilderness Adventure Therapy offers a variety of activities that patients love, which include:

  • Watersports
  • Hiking
  • Paintball
  • High Rope Courses
  • And More

Along with having a good time, patients are able to practice mindfulness and find peace in the moment. We know how important it is for patients in early sobriety to clear their heads and relax. Outdoor activities like hiking are the perfect way to do so.

Community is extremely important for recovery. Our Wilderness Adventure Therapy program allows the men in our care to form a sense of brotherhood and community. The relationships they form are often lifelong.

12-Step Programs Support

12-step programs provide additional support for patients both while they are patients at Next Step Recovery and after they’ve graduated the program. Most 12-step programs are anonymous, which allows individuals to open up and share without fear of judgment.

12-step programs offer a community approach. Those in 12-step programs are encouraged to work together to meet their common goals. They work with others and provide each other with support.

We highly encourage our patients to participate in a 12-step program.

Exercise Therapy

Exercise is extremely important for both the mind and the body. The men in our program love the various forms of exercise that we provide for them. These include martial arts, meditation, and more. With skill-based exercise, the men in our treatment program are able to feel a sense of accomplishment and mastery. This helps to build self-esteem at a time when patients are at their lowest. Exercise programs like BJJ also allow patients to deepen their bonds and find comradery.

Why Next Step Recovery?

With there being a variety of treatment centers in the area, you may be wondering why Next Step Recovery. Below are some of the top reasons for choosing Next Step Recovery: 

  • Multiple Methods of Healing. We employ a multi-faceted treatment approach at Next Step Recovery. Addiction looks different from patient to patient. That’s why we take the individual needs of the patient in mind.
  • Male-Focused Treatment. Men and women have similar, yet different journeys. Men have individual needs, and Next Step Recovery helps to meet the needs of the men in our program.
  • Structure. In order to create a sense of calm and normalcy, we provide patients with structure.
  • A Staff That Cares. Our staff cares about each and every patient that walks through our doors. You are never just another patient to us. We see our patients as individuals and treat them as such.
  • Community. Next Step Recovery understands how important community is to growth and recovery. We provide lots of opportunities for patients to connect and grow together.
  • Our Code of Ethics. Our strong Code of Ethics is built around integrity, professionalism, respect, and care. We respect people of all cultures and backgrounds. It is our mission to treat each patient with the dignity they deserve.

We’re Here to Help!

If you are suffering from drug or alcohol dependence, reach out to Next Step Recovery today! We are here to help. Our admissions team will answer any questions you may have and help to get you enrolled in our program. We look forward to helping you along your journey of recovery!

Share This Article