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Group Therapy

What Are the Benefits of Group Therapy?

Seeking therapy is not always easy. Men especially have a difficult time opening up to a therapist because of the stigma and stereotypes placed around men seeking help. Men could also become hesitant because therapy is a very personal experience that involves disclosing information about yourself and emotions that you might not even share with…

Are Men Less Social?

Loneliness can occur in anybody’s life at any given time, including men. However, loneliness in men often derives from how they develop, maintain their social skills, and fulfill their social needs. While men might not nourish their social needs the same way as women, that does not mean that they do not long for friendship…

What if My Spouse Also Uses Substances?

Standing up to addiction requires more effort when your spouse is at your side. What if your spouse uses substances, too? Once you have become sober but your spouse is not ready to give up substances, you might wonder if you can succeed in recovery. Ideally, everyone in your network should be supportive of your…
Traumatic Childhood

How Do Traumatic Childhood Experiences Lead to SUDs?

Childhood trauma is defined as events that occur in childhood that were dangerous, life-threatening, or scary. Following such life-altering events, a child develops emotional responses—like fear, shock, or denial—that are not easily forgotten, consequently shaping the way they develop throughout adolescence and into adulthood. These developments can create mental challenges that prevent them from healthily…
Self-Medicate for Stress and Anxiety

Why Do Men Self-Medicate for Stress and Anxiety?

Using substances to change your mood, handle stress, or deal with painful emotions is a common coping mechanism among men. Sometimes, you might not be aware that you are using substances to cope and, therefore, develop a severe addiction. When this occurs, you risk developing other mental and substance use disorders that can create lasting…
Prepare for SAD Before the Holiday Season

How Do I Prepare for SAD Before the Holiday Season?

The holiday season can bring about experiences that create extra stress and anxiety. The stress and anxiety of attending holiday events and seeing people you don’t necessarily want to see could set you on a path to feeling depressed and tempted to use substances. You might also experience thoughts of grief because there are friends…
Men Experience Depression

Do Men Experience Depression Differently?

Women and men both experience depression; however, depression will be different for both. Therefore, when depression occurs in men, it may be masked by unhealthy coping behaviors. Further, many cases of depression in men go undiagnosed for various reasons, including stigma, lack of knowledge, and lack of awareness. If your depression goes undiagnosed, it can…
Household Projects

How Household Projects Aid Addiction Recovery

Working on and completing household projects play an essential role in your recovery journey. By performing certain duties and obligations on your living space, you build structure and confidence within that is necessary to face challenges that threaten substance use. They not only better the home, but they also prepare you for other challenges and…
PTSD

Helping Men Manage Their PTSD

Men often hear phrases like “get tough” or “suck it up” when dealing with traumatic experiences. While most post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) are associated with the military and combat experiences, many other factors could also contribute to PTSD. Understanding and fully recognizing the complexities of men’s trauma takes some education to help more men come…
Transitioning Into a Relaxed State

Sleep Deprivation and Addiction: Transitioning Into a Relaxed State

If you have struggled with a substance use disorder, it is likely that you have experienced sleep issues at some point, too. Substances like drugs and alcohol significantly impact your body, even when substances are absent from the system. It can be especially troubling in recovery. You might still experience sleep deprivation because your past…