Many people who turn to drug and alcohol abuse feel alone and abandoned. They often believe no one else understands what they’re going through. In rehab, they find out how untrue this is. They meet peers who have experienced the same struggles, doubts, and problems due to substance dependency. Addiction support groups for men — in and after rehab — can give men the motivation they need to stay clean.
Benefits of Addiction Support Groups for Men
Whether you attend an inpatient or outpatient rehab program (or a combination of the two), counseling will be a large part of your recovery experience. You’ll meet one-on-one with a skilled therapist, but you’ll also take part in group sessions.
Many treatment centers are co-ed but offer gender-specific housing and counseling. This can be very beneficial for both sexes.
When men meet in male-only support groups, they can freely share topics and issues that men are more likely to understand. Their peers know all about the pressures today’s man faces, including communication issues, job stresses, and family problems. They’re usually more willing to open up and share in such a setting.
Many men don’t have positive outlets for self-expression. They may also buy into the viewpoint that men don’t cry or have feelings. Instead of freely expressing themselves, they turned to drug and alcohol abuse as a way to cope.
In addiction support groups for men, they may experience encouragement and support for the first time in their lives. They’ll learn that their feelings are valid and that they can show them.
Addiction Support Groups in Long-Term Recovery
Once rehab ends, the benefits of addiction peer support groups for men don’t have to stop. You can find support groups through churches, sober living homes, and social services.
In the early stages of recovery, meeting with like-minded men can help you manage cravings and triggers. You don’t have to go through recovery alone, and you shouldn’t have to. With other people motivating and inspiring you, you may find it easier to avoid drug and alcohol abuse. Just being accountable to others can give you the strength you need to push through and stay the course.
In addition to traditional addiction support groups, there are more and more online options that can provide you with additional resources and accountability. Online forums can help you connect with other men in recovery who understand what you’re going through. You can also find helpful articles, tips, and advice on how to stay sober and avoid relapse.
Men’s Addiction Therapy at Crestview Recovery
Our Oregon men’s drug rehab program includes addiction support groups that will aid your recovery. We’re located in Portland, where we accept men and women from throughout the Pacific Northwest.
We’re staffed by dedicated, compassionate professionals who design individualized treatment plans for all of our clients. We created a safe, comfortable atmosphere with a small staff-to-client ratio.
The services we offer include:
- Men’s alcohol rehab: If you’re struggling with alcohol abuse, our men’s rehab program offers the support you need to recover. We offer a variety of treatment options, including detoxification, individual therapy, group therapy, and 12-step programs.
- 12-step program: Our 12-step program is designed to help you overcome your addiction and develop a support system to maintain your sobriety.
- Group therapy: Group therapy allows you to share your experiences with other men who are also struggling with addiction.
- Rehab aftercare: After you complete your rehab program, we offer aftercare services to help you transition back into your life. We can connect you with resources in your community, such as sober living homes and 12-step groups.
Whether it’s heroin, alcohol, or another substance you’re trying to break free of, there are addiction support groups for men that can help you. Call Crestview Recovery at 866.262.0531 to find out how you can leave drug and alcohol addiction behind.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.