When you are transitioning to daily life while in recovery from addiction, the less distractions and temptations you experience, the better off you are. Consider a gender specific sober living home to help accomplish your goal of independent living; it will help make the shift smoother. When you are in an all-male environment—meaning your fellow residents and your counselors—it relieves a lot of pressures and temptations so you can heal more effectively.
A Safe Place
A sober living home is a safe place for you to continue your journey to a healthy and rewarding life without drugs or alcohol. It’s made even safer when you’re in a setting with men only. Gone are the hesitations you may have when you want to express yourself about relationships with the opposite sex.
You can speak freely, and you’ll also hear from other men who have experienced similar issues and frustrations. Your male peers can help you work through your concerns based on their own experiences.
Effective Treatment Methods for Gender Specific Sober Living
Men can benefit from treatment in an all-male environment. Here are a few ways the effectiveness of a gender specific sober living setting can benefit men:
- One study found that men are uncomfortable with expressing emotions and have difficulties identifying and understanding their own feelings (1). Women are often more in touch with their feelings, and due to these diversities, it’s important to have gender-specific treatment in sober living homes so individual and group sessions can focus on these differences for maximum effectiveness.
- There is also research to support that men will disclose feelings and thoughts more readily to other men. One study showed that Hispanic men were more open about their risk-taking behaviors to other men than to women.
Save Romance for Another Time
For heterosexual men, living in an all-male sober home eliminates one important factor that can negatively affect recovery: romantic relationships with women. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends a rule of no romantic involvement among members of a treatment group because these types of relationships can sabotage treatment for either party (2).
When a man in a sober living environment is exposed to the distractions and temptations of a relationship with a woman, it can undermine what he is there to do: to learn how to establish healthy relationships that are not co-dependent. It’s easy to fall back into unhealthy patterns before treatment is completed.
When you are in a male environment, you are giving yourself the opportunity to learn about yourself. When you’re in one of the final stages of treatment in a sober house, you can transition into daily life while learning how to choose relationships based on positive aspects.
Once living in a gender specific sober living facility, you’ll be more likely to seek someone supportive and loving who doesn’t enable you. It’s an important distinction you’ll discover, as well as learning other things about yourself, in an all-male sober house free from distractions and temptations.