Successful treatment of chemical dependency (alcoholism and drug addiction) requires that the individual not only be free from the substance and practice abstinence – the addict must eliminate thought processes that accompany the addiction.
Once the addict gives up his drug of choice, he most often turns to sex and/or food. Why? Without the chemical, the addict is going to act out his emotions.
And for a male, the easiest target is a sexual one. This is the primary reason for gender specific treatment: eliminate the ‘drug’ and the excuse to act out.
Another major reason for gender specific treatment is therapeutic. For those who suffer from trauma (and most addicts do) being in a gender specific treatment program makes a significant difference in his recovery. While the experience of various types of trauma is generally the same for men and women – the response to trauma is different for men and women.
Male Roles, Emotions and the Recovery Process
The roles men adapt in Western society make it difficult for them to deal with emotions in a healthy way. The result is that most male addicts are out of touch with their emotions. This results in their self-seeking, selfish behavior – which is the direct result of a thinking process adapted due to some traumatic event(s) earlier in life. The trauma may have occurred in early childhood, adolescence and/or adulthood. When it occurred is less important than how the addict responded to it and what behavior(s) they employed to survive the trauma.
Creating an Emotionally Safe Environment
Gender specific treatment helps individuals to let their guard down so that they can recover on multiple levels: physically, mentally and emotionally and spiritually. The latter is paramount; without a spiritual healing, there is little hope for core emotional healing and a lasting recovery from addiction.
Our long-term program is geared toward men who have careers, family and the typical stressors of responsible daily life. Arrowhead Lodge Recovery provides a safe place for a man to ‘fall apart’ and rebuild his life with the assistance of other like-minded men. Our holistically-oriented and very talented Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff provides licensed therapy, counseling and emotional support.
Who is an Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Client?
The age of our average client is 45-65. Our clients include physicians, attorneys, pilots, business owners, executives, managers and blue-collar workers.
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Personalized Care
Not everyone has the same needs so why have the same treatment plan?
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery: Privacy and Seclusion Equal a Safe Therapeutic Environment
Privacy and seclusion equals a safe therapeutic environment. By maintaining a high staff-to-client ratio, Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is able to focus intensive therapy and attention to each man, and to deliver truly individualized care.
When men live among others of similar life experience and when they encounter kindred spirits as committed to recovery as they are themselves, they can feel more comfortable, share more openly, and address their deepest issues.
Most men have buried their emotions so deeply that they become out of touch with their true nature, as well as those who are closest to them. They stay “busy” doing things; working, achieving, reading email, surfing the web, watching TV, Netflix and much, much more. What these men need in order to heal from their addiction is a place where there are no distractions like internet, email, cell phones and “busyness” in general.
Our private mountain retreat provides quiet, seclusion and spaciousness; allowing our clients to unplug so they can “hear” their quiet, inner voice and discover their authentic Self. That is when the healing starts.
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Goal
We not only desire to help our residents return sober to their families and careers. We help our patients discover how to thrive in life without the use of mood-altering drugs or alcohol; and to find fulfillment, peace and lasting joy.