How Does Men’s Drug Rehab Differ from Co-Ed Rehab?

Where and when you reach out for treatment for your drug/alcohol addiction is up to you. The first thing you have to do is accept the fact you are living in the cycle of an addiction disease. Yes, it is a disease that can never be cured but can be arrested and put to sleep for the rest of your life. Your ability to arrest your disease will depend a great deal on the quality of treatment you are able to get.

Any discussion about the quality of your treatment has to include the idea you need to get treatment in an environment that feels comfortable to you. While in rehab, you have to commit to the treatment process and open your mind and heart up to share with the people who can help you. That’s the primary reason why you want to make sure you pick a rehab that’s going to be able to address your specific needs.

If you are a man living with an addiction issue, you have several addiction treatment facility options at your disposal. If you have no issues getting treatment in a coed environment, that option is available. If you think you might feel more comfortable in a gender-specific treatment center for men only, that’s also an option you should be able to find.

At this point, it might be of value to if you had information about the differences between the coed and men’s only options. Please continue reading.

How Does Men’s Drug Rehab Differ from Co-Ed Rehab?

To be clear, there are significant differences between a men’s rehab and a coed facility. Of course, a coed facility is going to include female clients. Setting aside the obvious, there are a number of other material differences worth mentioning.

First, a gender specific rehab facility will include programs and amenities targeted at the gender that’s in house. A men’s only facility might include a decor more suitable for men, nutrition plans better suited for a man’s health and recreational equipment and programs that favor what men tend to enjoy.

As for treatment, it’s common for group therapy sessions to be held as a normal part of treatment. In a coed setting, the subject matter of group sessions would have to contain content that’s applicable to both sexes. In a men’s only group session, the subject matter could be built around topics and concerns that are very specific to a man’s world as society sits today.

The following are a few of the benefits male clients could derive from getting treatment in a gender specific facility. This list will help define some of the other potential differences.

  • Time is devoted to sharing among clients with a lot in common
  • Opportunity to build new friendships and support resources
  • Mitigating any potential issues from fraternization between the sexes


When men share without women around, they are more likely to open up about their thoughts, feelings and frailties. This warrants mentioning because society puts pressure on men to be strong and always in control. The presumption is addiction indicates a man is weak, something most men don’t want exposed in front of women.

Dealing with society’s expectations are just one of the things men have in common. By assembling people with things in common together in one setting, there’s apt to be more sharing, learning and understanding taking place.

Friendships and Support Resources

After treatment, most clients face the prospect of having to align themselves with different friends. In a men’s only rehab facility, men can focus on working together to forge new friendships. Sometimes, those friendships will evolve into the best possible support resources outside of rehab.

Mitigating Fraternization

When troubled men and women come together in a closed environment, there’s bound to be sexual tension. It’s a fact of life. Unfortunately, intimate fraternization has the capacity to totally disrupt the treatment process while permeating the entire rehab facility. A gender specific rehab facility eliminates many of these types of problems.

Before you worry about the type of treatment program you want or need, it’s important that you first commit to getting treatment. Once you are ready to commit, you should start the entire process by contacting us at 772-266-5320. At that point, we can begin a discussion about our facility and the addiction treatment services we have to offer. We can assure you we will help you find the treatment option that best meets your need.

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