Not everyone takes the same path to addiction, and not everyone takes the same path out. The stories are as unique as fingerprints. That’s why Balboa Horizons tailors the recovery program to the individual. But gender, and gender identity, add another layer of complexity. Men and women have different perspectives on life and addiction that demand respect and attention, which is why our recovery programs are gender-specific.
Addiction and Recovery for Men
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, men are more likely than women to abuse drugs or alcohol, and more likely to require medical care as a result. There are many reasons why. Sometimes it’s the pressure of being the primary breadwinner in the family, or a stressful job. Emergency responders—one of the most at-risk groups for addiction—are predominantly male.
Men tend to direct their fears and worries inward, where they can fester. Often, drugs and alcohol are used to either soothe these psychological wounds or reduce their toll. A man is often expected to be in control and in charge, with mastery over his emotions and actions. When addiction takes hold, this can put him in a state of deep denial.
Balboa Horizons understands the unique challenges faced by men in recovery, regardless of sexual orientation. This knowledge translates to a recovery plan tailored to the individual. We provide a caring, compassionate environment free of judgment where men can be honest with themselves and their peers. Confronting the issues that led to an addiction can be uncomfortable or even painful, but it’s critical to success.
The Problem Behind the Problem
Addiction often springs from mental-health issues like stress or relationship issues. In turn, it can cause feelings of shame or guilt that cause a cycle of self-destruction. A man who’s constantly exposed to trauma or stressful situations, like a firefighter, may start drinking in order to forget what he’s seen or had to do. Another man may take stimulants in order to work through the night because he feels pressure to perform. We call these co-occurring disorders, or a dual diagnosis.
When a mental-health issue accompanies addiction (and it often does), it’s important that the disorders be treated separately. But their relationship to each other is important, too. The clinical staff at Balboa Horizons knows how to address co-occurring disorders in a way that leaves you not only clean and sober, but feeling better and more confident. We call this holistic care because it treats the whole person.
Inpatient to Outpatient and Beyond, All Under One Roof
Following our highly individualized residential care program, patients move on to day treatment and then to STRIVE—our clinically supervised intensive outpatient program. Recovery is a process that continues after you leave and we’re with you all the way. It’s not just about treating addiction. It’s about understanding why you became an addict, how to avoid a relapse, and learning new ways to cope. Whether your goals include education, family, or a new career, we’ll help you plan a future filled with happiness, health, and success.
All Identities and Cultures Welcome
Balboa Horizons has a long history of respecting both cultural and gender differences. Although we strive to deliver gender-specific care, we also realize that gender and cultural identity are complex matters. We respect all identities here and understand the unique challenges faced by individuals who don’t fall neatly into the “traditional” gender binary. When we say we create a judgment-free environment, we really mean it. The important thing is to customize care to the individual and help everyone live their best life.