Successful treatment of chemical dependency (alcoholism and drug addiction) requires that the individual not only be free from the substance and practice abstinence, the addict must eliminate thought processes that accompany the addiction.
Addictive Thoughts and Behaviors
The thinking of an alcoholic and/or drug addict (hereinafter referred to simply as “addict”) is faulty. It is self-centered, self-seeking and delusional, to the extent that the addict truly believes he is “right” and that everyone else is “wrong.” Often the individual suffers from multiple addictions, i.e. sex and love addiction, food, gambling, work, internet and more, and these addictions must also be treated along with the chemical dependency. Additionally, most addicts suffer from some form of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD and personality disorders. These too must be treated simultaneously with the addiction(s).
Once the addict gives up his drug of choice, he most often turns to sex and/or food. Why? Without the chemical, the addict is going to act out his emotions.
And for a male, the easiest target is a sexual one. This is the primary reason for gender specific treatment: eliminate the ‘drug’ and the excuse to act out.
Another major reason for gender specific treatment is therapeutic. For those who suffer from trauma (and most addicts do) being in a gender specific treatment program makes a significant difference in his recovery. While the experience of various types of trauma is generally the same for men and women – the response to trauma is different for men and women.
Male Roles, Emotions and the Recovery Process
The roles men adapt in Western society make it difficult for them to deal with emotions in a healthy way. The result is that most male addicts are out of touch with their emotions . This results in their self-seeking, selfish behavior – which is the direct result of a thinking process adapted due to some traumatic event(s) earlier in life. The trauma may have occurred in early childhood, adolescence and/or adulthood. When it occurred is less important than how the addict responded to it and what behavior(s) they employed to survive the trauma.
Creating an Emotionally Safe Environment
Finally, gender specific treatment helps individuals to let their guard down so that they can recover on multiple levels: physically, mentally and emotionally and spiritually. The latter is paramount, for without a spiritual healing, there is little hope for core emotional healing and a lasting recovery from addiction.
At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we offer treatment solutions for men who suffer from alcoholism and/or drug addiction, as well as other addictions and underlying psychiatric issues such as depression, mood disorders, PTSD and more.
Our long-term program is geared toward men who have careers, family and the typical stressors of responsible daily life. Arrowhead Lodge Recovery provides a safe place for a man to ‘fall apart’ and rebuild his life with the assistance of other like-minded men. And with the assistance of our holistically-oriented and very talented Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff.
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