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Men’s Drug Rehab in New Jersey

Men and women often differ regarding how addiction develops, what the signs and symptoms look like, and the most effective treatment approaches. For many men dealing with a substance use disorder, a gender-specific rehab program is the right option.

Liberty Wellness NJ offers men’s drug rehab in New Jersey, with flexible options to suit a wide variety of needs to put you on a path to recovery.

Liberty Wellness is a top-rated drug and alcohol rehab center in New Jersey. Contact us today to learn more about our outpatient drug rehab.

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Addiction in Men vs. Women

For many decades, the impact of addiction was only studied on men. Researchers focused exclusively on how drugs and alcohol affected men, and they were the only participants in the studies. This, unfortunately, led to a lot of medical bias against women facing addiction, but now in the past couple of decades, this has changed. Women are being studied within the context of addiction, which also helps researchers and treatment providers understand the differences between men who struggle with addiction. For example, men are more likely to misuse drugs or alcohol, but by contrast, women are more likely to go to the emergency department or experience a fatal overdose due to substance use.

There are biological differences as well as societal differences that lead to different addiction symptoms and outcomes between men and women. While there’s not one specific factor that leads to the development of an addiction to substances, many complex factors often affect one another. Some of the risk factors for addiction that may be unique to men include:

  • Reduced perception of harm. Men are less likely to see drugs or alcohol as harmful compared to women. Men might see drinking heavily as something that’s normal, accepted in their peer group, or masculine.
  • Men might have the desire to get approval from their male peers or be accepted to the point that they use substances more often than they would otherwise, putting them at risk for a substance use disorder.
  • Compared to women, men are more likely to externalize their emotions and have a hard time processing them in healthy ways. When emotions are externalized, it can lead to impulsivity and aggression, and these behaviors are associated with higher rates of substance use disorders.
  • From an early age, many men are taught that it’s “weak” to share their feelings or emotions, and they bottle them up and don’t learn healthy coping mechanisms. A lack of healthy coping mechanisms can be a major risk factor for the development of an addiction.
  • There’s a link between having strong social support and connections and a reduced risk of addiction. Men are less likely to have strong friendships than women, so they could be more vulnerable to a substance use disorder.
  • Men are often reluctant to seek help or treatment. Men will often think they can solve their problems on their own, so this can lead them to remain in denial until things become very problematic. Women tend to be more open to asking for help throughout all aspects of their lives, including with substance use.
  • Co-occurring mental illness such as depression or anxiety is one of the primary contributors to addiction. Men are less likely to seek mental health treatment than women, so an untreated mental health disorder can lead to self-medication, which can become an addiction.
  • For some men, substance use disorders stem from pain or injuries. If someone has an injury that isn’t healing or chronic pain, they might turn to substances to self-medicate.

At Liberty Wellness NJ, we provide men’s drug rehab in New Jersey that speaks to the unique needs of this population. We encourage you to contact our team if you’re looking for an evidence-based New Jersey men’s addiction treatment program.

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Signs of Addiction in Men

While there are often differences in what leads to the development of an addiction, the signs and symptoms of addiction in men are similar to what’s seen in women. Addiction is a chronic disease, and it’s characterized by being unable to control the use of a substance even though it’s causing known negative effects.

Some of the physical signs that a man could be struggling with addiction include:

  • Changes in physical appearance
  • Secretive behavior
  • Changes in appetite, weight loss, or gain
  • Low energy
  • Financial problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Defensiveness

Behavioral signs of addiction can include:

  • Appearing anxious or on-edge
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Being inattentive
  • Loss of motivation
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Spending more money than is typical
  • Hiding or denying substance use
  • Ignoring the risks

At Liberty Wellness NJ, we offer a men’s drug and alcohol rehab center in New Jersey, that focuses on the specific needs of each client in a holistic, meaningful way.


Men’s Addiction Treatment in New Jersey

If you’re looking for a New Jersey men’s addiction treatment program, there are some things to know. First, there are unique benefits to a gender-specific treatment program. Men tend to be more open to talking about things they wouldn’t otherwise when they feel as if they’re among their peers. Being able to delve deeply into feelings and experiences is critical in addiction treatment.

During addiction treatment, the plan might focus on helping men identify the beliefs they hold about themselves and the world around them and see how those negatively affect their behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one approach to treatment that helps men learn how to be more vulnerable and look inward rather than externalizing negative feelings.

If you’d like to learn more about men’s drug rehab in New Jersey, contact Liberty Wellness NJ.

Types of Treatment Programs

For some men, the first step in addiction treatment is an inpatient program where they live onsite for a period of time. This tends to have good outcomes, but it’s not feasible for everyone. You might have to continue living at home for work or family responsibilities.

There are other options, including an intensive outpatient program or IOP. An IOP gives the flexibility to return home in the evenings, but it’s paired with a high level of support and structure. After completing an IOP or higher level of care, you might then move down into a traditional outpatient program as you’re ready.

When you’re looking for a men’s drug rehab in New Jersey, it’s important to choose a facility that offers treatment for co-occurring disorders like depression.

At Liberty Wellness, we offer compassionate addiction treatment in New Jersey, including programs specifically geared toward the needs of men. We also offer long-term options when needed, family therapy, and medication-assisted treatment. Our collaborative programs are geared toward the needs of the individual, so you can begin to enjoy life in recovery.

We encourage you to contact us if you’re ready to take the next step with a New Jersey men’s addiction treatment program or want to learn more.

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