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toxic masculinity

Why Toxic Masculinity Exponentially Affects Mens’ Health & How to Change It

A lot of men grew up hearing that they need to be strong and stoic, with pressure to look or act a certain way reinforced by cultural stereotypes of “manliness.” Exuding power, toughness and dominance was the name of the game, and for most of us, this meant bottling up our emotions, conforming to strict…
which level of care is right for you

Which Level of Care is Right for Me?

One of the most common questions that we get asked as treatment providers is, “What level of care is right for me?” Unfortunately, there is no right answer, as recovery isn’t a one-size-fits-all process. Overcoming addiction and mental health challenges is a deeply personal thing that has to come from within, and what works well…
Untreated Mental Health In African American Men

The Stats on Untreated Mental Health in African American Men

Mental health tends to be a taboo topic among men. Given a choice, most would rather not talk about it. Unfortunately, this is often more true for African American men, who experience mental health problems at about the same rate as others but continue to be underrecognized and undertreated in the recovery sphere. While the…
Opioid Relapse Risks

Why Risk Factors for Opioid Relapse Differ Between Men and Women

Substance abuse has increased dramatically since COVID-19 emerged. As more people report feeling stressed, anxious and uncertain about the future, many have turned to drugs or alcohol to find some form of relief and started self-medicating just to get through the day. Consequently, fatal overdoses are also on the rise, surging to over 81,000 deaths…
Is addiction bad enough it needs treatment

Is My Addiction Bad Enough To Need Treatment?

Some people are under the impression that addiction is a subjective thing. And yes, while certain beliefs, norms and attitudes do play a role in one’s drug or alcohol use, the damaging effects of addiction show that it is both real and tangible. In fact, substance abuse disorders are characterized as a disease with distinct…
healing power through hiking

The Healing Power of Hiking or Walking With Your Therapist

For centuries, humans have known the healing power of Mother Earth. Priests and doctors alike have looked to spring or mineral water for its therapeutic effects, while monks have sought out the peace and solitude of nature for prayer and meditation. Like those before them, they knew that something special happens when we spend time…
Emotions Punished

Are Men Who Show a Broader Range of Emotions Punished?

Gender stereotypes and stigmas exist for both men and women. For example, assertive women might be viewed as less likable or less hirable. Similarly, men are often penalized for straying from masculine stereotypes. Men often face backlash when they don’t adhere to the societal ideals of masculinity. If you show vulnerability, act nicer, display empathy,…
Mental Physicals, Disorders

Mental Physicals: Getting Regular Mental Health Check-Ups

Most people do not equate mental health checkups with physical health checkups. The mind and body are connected and function best when you look after your overall well-being. Still, you might neglect your mental health needs and your physical health needs because you are not comfortable seeing your family physician. While routine physical examinations can…
benefits of 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…