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What is Gender-Specific Treatment?

Mar 23, 2021

Addiction recovery centers which provide gender-specific treatment create programs that address the innate differences between men and women. The experiences of men with a substance use disorder (SUD) often differ from those of women. We tailor treatment programs at Origins Recovery Center to address the specific needs of men.

Men experience unique stresses and issues that often complicate and contribute to the development of addiction. Statistically, men are more likely than women to develop a substance use disorder. They have a greater risk of hospitalization or death due to an overdose. Men are also less likely to admit they need treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders. Although addiction can have a devastating effect on both genders, men and women experience different difficulties during the recovery process.

Is Gender-Specific Treatment Right for Me?

Often, men feel compelled to present as “masculine” when interacting with women. Being around other men who have similar substance use disorders can help decrease their defensiveness and make them more receptive to treatment.

Men also suffer from trauma which is best treated in a safe, gender-specific environment. Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder can have a lasting impact on a person’s health and well-being, whether the outcome is the result of abuse, neglect, or participation in the military. Origins Recovery Center offers biofeedback and neurofeedback therapies as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for trauma.

Through gender-specific treatments, each patient can experience the power of honesty that comes from being part of a supportive, relatable group. In our tailored program, men have the opportunity to create lasting personal relationships that carry over into daily life. When men are together, they can provide insight into past behaviors without judgment and support each other.

Origins Recovery Center’s residential program for men in South Padre creates an atmosphere of support and trust. Our comfortable tropical environment offers a safe place to challenge destructive behaviors and replace them with constructive actions and coping mechanisms.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Origins Recovery Center

Another advantage of pursuing a gender-specific treatment program is the opportunity to get mental health treatment at the same time. Mental health problems are frequently co-occurring with addiction. Anxiety or depression may cause men to use drugs or alcohol as a form of self-medication. This method of dealing with a mental health issue can quickly turn into an addiction.

On the other hand, someone who may be using drugs or alcohol may develop a mental health disorder. Many addictive substances have psychological effects that have a detrimental impact on a person’s ability to function daily. Fortunately, our multidisciplinary team of doctors, psychiatrists, and addiction professionals can treat both disorders simultaneously.

Treatment at Origins Recovery Center

Origins Recovery Center helps men become the best versions of themselves. We design our treatment to address the mental health and addiction issues that may be holding men back from living healthy, happy lives. Our mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration.


Origins Recovery Center is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety. For information on our programs, call us today: 866-875-1558.

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