They are fun, they are always friendly, and they’re the life of the party. They’re able to work a very challenging job (with which they may also have compulsion issues) and they support their families in an enviable style (there may also be financial issues). The hard-driving and very traditional male gender stereotype makes it difficult for some men to seek treatment when they are suffering from addiction. The shame, guilt and fear which follow so many addicts around can also be preventatives for some men. Admitting that they need help can be particularly hard in the modern day cultural concept of masculinity.
For some men, the turning point toward seeking treatment comes when there’s a real problem brought to their attention; one which cannot be fixed. For instance, an alcoholic who drives drunk and injures his child cannot undo the choices that led to that moment. He has caused irreparable harm to someone he loves. The top-earning salesman who has a problem with cocaine, but justifies it as a pick-me-up technique that helps his sales, will be brought up short and shocked when he is fired for making too many careless errors. There are hundreds of thousands of tales of wives begging husbands to lay off their escapist, addicted behaviors; only to have the husband realize their loss through a very tragic and sad situation.
When a man finally does admit that he needs help with his addiction, there’s no shortage of treatment resources available in Orange County. The best treatment programs will offer men-only programs and will also offer some particularly focused educational programming for men. The ability to freely express himself in a safe situation with individual therapy, group therapy and with the help of the professional treatment staff will help the man learn to draw better boundaries in his life. These treatment resources will also help to heal the relationships inside his family.
For many men, letting go of the shame, ego damage, pride and guilt is the hardest part of recovery. There’s nothing standing in the way of an addict achieving treatment for addiction except those horrible, emotional monsters which addicts struggle with, every single day. The opportunity to bring a life back to sobriety and ensure that a loved one once again realizes their own worth is something that can’t be passed up.
Distributed by Client Initiatives
Company Name: Able to Change Recovery
Contact Person: Christopher Mitchell
Address:31501 Rancho Viejo Road #101
City: San Juan Capistrano
Country: United States