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Men’s Drug Rehab Centers

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs. In addition, illicit drug use is more likely to result in emergency department visits or overdose deaths for men than women.1 A higher number of men than women are also in treatment for substance use disorders.2

Male and female substance abusers are not the same.4 Men’s addiction treatment addresses problems specific to the male population. Recovery offerings for men include inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), detoxification, and other residential and non-residential rehab for men.

Drug rehab for men takes into consideration differences in types of drugs abused and frequency of use when establishing treatment goals. It offers treatment for substance use disorders and/or co-occurring mental health issues in a gender-friendly environment.

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Unique Needs of Men in Addiction Treatment

Effective treatment programs address all of the person’s needs, not just the drug use.5

Men who abuse drugs often suffer from co-occurring issues, and targeting such factors may enhance the effectiveness of treatment.6 Some of the issues faced by this group include but are not limited to:4,5

  • Trauma from war and/or abuse.
  • Anger issues.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Mental illness.
  • Job-related stress.
  • Homelessness.

Discuss issues openly around other men who are going through similar struggles.Drug rehab for men provides treatment for substance use and mental health issues unique to males. Therapy and medical treatment in these programs are geared toward male-specific problems. For example, medical staff are aware of certain health risks men face from alcohol and drug use and screen for and address these problems. For example, alcohol use increases the risk of mouth, throat, liver, and colon cancer in men. 12

Additionally, sex and porn addiction are common with male substance users.7 Men’s rehab programs may be more conducive to treating these cross-addictions.

Substance abuse recovery centers for men addresses these issues in a single-gender setting, which allows men to discuss issues openly around other men who are going through similar struggles.

What These Facilities Offer

Two men high-fiving in rehab outsideRehab for men may offer a range of care with specific treatments tailored to the individual, which is most effective in treating addiction.5 Counseling and other forms of behavioral therapy are the most commonly used types of men’s addiction treatment, and treatment plans are often modified according to the patient’s changing needs.5

Men-only rehab centers may offer a variety of clinical and therapeutic services, including:5,9,10

  • Detoxification. This first stage of recovery may involve supervision and medically assisted treatments and is used to manage the potentially dangerous physiological effects of stopping use.
  • Educational groups. These groups cover a variety of topics on men’s issues, including anger management and trauma.
  • Individual counseling. Counselors use different therapies depending on the person, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
  • Family counseling and education. Family members are often encouraged to engage in treatment by attending family and educational sessions.
  • Recreational activities. Fitness workouts, outdoor excursions, movies, games, and sober activities can be part of treatment.
  • Adventure therapy. Facilities may use physical activities that enhance cognitive skills, such as challenge courses.
  • Mindfulness. Some programs may offer yoga, meditation, and other holistic practices.
  • Nutritional education. Patients may attend groups on improving health and nutrition.
  • 12-step meetings. Patients may attend Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12-step meetings while in treatment.
  • Relapse prevention. Many programs offer recovery maintenance and relapse prevention skills groups to help patients stay on track after leaving treatment.
  • Aftercare planning. Treatment team members and medical staff work together to assess the person’s needs and develop an ongoing treatment regimen upon discharge.
  • Community service projects. Residents may take part in service work and community projects.
  • Employment training. Programs may offer services for residents in need of employment or job skills training.

Types of Rehab Programs

There are several different options for professional substance abuse treatment, such as short-term or long-term inpatient or outpatient rehab.9

Some men’s rehab program options include:8,9

  • State-funded rehabs. These programs take state-funded insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Inpatient residential. These rehab programs provide a 24-hour structured routine, generally in a non-hospital setting. The length of stay can range from 30 days to 12 months, depending on the individual treatment recommendations.
  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs). These programs vary in structure and intensity, generally cost less than residential inpatient treatment, and are more suitable for people with jobs and strong social support.
  • Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs). These programs take place in hospital settings and provide access to select hospital services for those who need them but allow participants to return to their home or other living situations when they are not participating in daily treatment.
  • Executive rehabs. These programs cater to busy entrepreneurs or high-profile individuals, are usually more expensive than other programs, and allow residents to work while in treatment.
  • Luxury rehabs. These rehab facilities are typically pricier and provide a range of cutting-edge treatments, traditional therapy techniques, and holistic care in a luxurious, scenic, private setting.
  • Youth rehabs.These inpatient and outpatient programs cater to adolescents and young adult populations with substance use, mental health, and/or addiction issues.

Male patients with co-occurring psychiatric disorders typically require more outpatient visits, more intensive outpatient treatment, and more residential days than individuals without another disorder.8

Male Substance Abuse Statistics

The following are a list of male substance abuse statistics:1,2,3,4,11

  • Men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs.
  • For most age groups, men have higher rates of use or dependence on illicit drugs and alcohol than women.
  • Men are more likely to report marijuana and alcohol use than females.
  • Men aged 18 and older have almost twice the rate of substance dependence as adult women.
  • Other frequently abused substances by males include heroin and prescription pain relievers.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, call 1-888-968-9816 today to speak to a men’s rehab placement specialist who can guide you towards the best addiction treatment facility for your needs. Rehab works, and recovery is possible.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Sex and gender differences in substance abuse.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Sex and gender differences in substance use disorder treatment.
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Gender differences in primary substance of abuse across age groups.
  4. Brady, K. & Randall, C. (1999). Gender differences in substance use disorders. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 22(2), 241-252.
  5. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Treatment approaches for drug addiction.
  6. Grenn, C., Polen, M., Lynch, F., Dickinson, D., & Bennett, M. (2004). Gender differences in outcomes in an HMO-based substance abuse treatment program. Journal of Addictive Disorders, 23(2), 47-70.
  7. Rosenberg, K. P., & Feder, L. C. (2014). Behavioral Addictions. London: Academic Press.
  8. Greenfield, S., Azzone, V., Huskamp, H., Cuffel, B., Croghan, T., Goldman, W., & Frank, R. (2004). Treatment for substance use disorders in a privately insured population under managed care: Costs and services use. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 27(1), 265-275.
  9. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Principles of drug addiction treatment: A research-based guide.
  10. Khanna, S., & Greeson, J. (2013). A narrative review of yoga and mindfulness as complementary therapies for addiction. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 21, 244-252.
  11. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). Substance use in women and men.
  12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Fact Sheets: Excessive Alcohol Use and Risks to Men’s Health.