Since Alcohol Is Legal, Why Is It Addictive?

Since Alcohol Is Legal, Why Is It Addictive?

It’s an interesting conundrum to be honest. With alcohol being the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States and about 88,000 dying from alcohol-related deaths every year, what gives? 

Why alcohol is legal is perhaps a story for another day but it’s largely because it’s been around for millennia and easy to produce so its usage has been incredibly normalized over time. It’s even part of some religious ceremonies and traditions around the world. Add to that the fact it’s a 200+ billion dollar industry in the US (and of course even larger globally) and you can understand its staying power in our culture.

Nonetheless, despite its origins and money-making power, alcohol remains one of the most commonly used addictive substances with about 86% of people 18 or older reporting they drank it at some point in life.

Why Is Alcohol Addictive?

Alcohol doesn’t necessarily carry the same stigma of other addictive agents but it is very much an addictive substance with over 14 million adults struggling with an alcohol use disorder.

Why is alcohol addictive though? What gives it that hold over us?

First of all, alcohol makes people feel good and that feeling is itself addictive. Drinking alcohol releases dopamine and endorphins, otherwise known as feel-good chemicals. Repeated use is motivated by the brain craving more of those chemicals. The more you drink, the higher your tolerance becomes which in turn means you need to drink more to get that same hit of dopamine and endorphins. Ultimately that can slip you right into addiction.

The Difference Between Casual Drinking and an Addiction

The addictive nature and legality aside, this is a big distinction. The one between casual and alcoholism. While no set in stone number of drinks make someone an addict, there are significant differentiators in consumption habits.

The casual or social drinker isn’t relying on alcohol. It’s not their reason for going to an event or the reason they’re doing anything at all. It’s a compliment. If a casual drinker were invited to a dry barbeque or told a party wouldn’t have an open bar, it wouldn’t be a dealbreaker because their motivation isn’t the alcohol.

Put another way, casual drinkers have control.

As per the CDC, moderate drinking is defined as 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 for men. But again, it’s less about the numbers and more about the ability to control and moderate intake.

On the flip side, there is addiction. Alcoholism. Whatever you want to call it, when drinking becomes severe it’s given the medical diagnosis of an alcohol use disorder, which is defined as, “a chronic relapsing brain disorder characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.”

As you’ll note in the definition, it boils down to control.

For the person struggling with alcohol use disorder, the tables are turned. Where they at one point controlled their consumption, now their consumption is in the driver’s seat. You can see how this would change their relationship with alcohol and how something like being told an event is dry would drive them to skip it entirely.

Alcohol becomes the reason to do something. People that are addicted will prioritize drinking and find excuses to do it. They’ll have difficulty stopping once they start. You’ll find them drinking alone. Missing obligations at work, school or in their home life. They develop a high tolerance and experience withdrawal symptoms when they don’t drink.

They’re dependent on the drink and it controls them. That’s the difference.

Star Recovery Center Is Here to Help

If you or someone you know has that relationship with alcohol and can’t pull away from it despite the best efforts, get in touch with us at Star Recovery Center where a stay at our men’s only southern California treatment center can be just what you need to break the habit.

Opioid Addiction and Dependence: A Crisis in America

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have managed to completely avoid the news for the last decade-plus (which honestly seems like a great idea at times), you’re painfully aware of the ongoing opioid crisis that’s been ravaging America.

Data from 2018 showed that 128 people died every day from opioid overdoses.

While there seems to be some semblance of light at the end of the tunnel with overdose deaths declining a touch recently, there’s still a long way to go. The number of drug overdoses deaths was still 4 times higher in 2018 than 1999, with ~70% of those involving an opioid of some kind.

Pretty brutal stats for a class of drugs that can genuinely do some good for the people that truly need it.

What Are Opioids?

As per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others”.

As you’ll no doubt note, those brands are extremely familiar. Add to that Percocet and Lortab and the picture gets a little clearer on how widespread these drugs are. Principally they’re prescribed for relief of moderate pain. For severe pain, like advanced cancers, synthetic opioids like fentanyl are prescribed which are 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The power of these drugs is off the charts.

Doctors largely have our best interests in mind and there’s inherently well-deserved trust in the relationship but the scope of what opioids are prescribed for has expanded over the years and put more and more people at risk for falling into addiction. In 2017 alone, more than 191 million opioid prescriptions were filled. Overprescription and marketing of opioids have certainly played a sizable role in this ongoing crisis.

Other opioids, like Methadone, are used in the treatment of opioid addiction and themselves are inherently risky.

The last of the opioids worth mentioning is one that’s just entirely illegal: heroin. An absolute wrecking ball of a drug, heroin can be smoked and snorted but is most typically injected. There were 5 times more deaths from heroin in 2018 than there were in 2010.

Why Are Opioids Addictive?

Regardless of whether you’re taking a prescription or the illegal variety, opioid addiction and dependence principally stem from the same thing. They all act similarly in producing feelings of euphoria in addition to blocking pain to achieve the desired painkilling effect. It’s that euphoria from the release of endorphins that triggers the reward centers of your brain and gets the ball of addiction rolling.

Due to the strength of these drugs, even a short stint on opioids can activate that mechanism in the mind and have you chasing those euphoric sensations with larger and larger doses.

How to Get Help With an Opioid Addiction and Dependence

The process begins with an internal recognition that you’re ready to take your life back. Arguably the toughest thing to tackle before starting down the road of recovery is the detox. Depending on how long you’ve been hooked on opioids you’ll have built a strong dependence on the drugs to feel “normal”, therefore getting them out of your system can create some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

After detox, inpatient addiction treatment is a great way to address why you started using opioids in the first place. During this time, you’ll learn techniques and coping mechanisms for long term sobriety. 

Getting help with opioid addiction is genuinely a phone call away, so when you’re ready, reach out to us at Star Recovery Center and we’ll take you through the next steps.

A Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness in Sobriety

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The stress of substance abuse on the mind is a real challenge to cope with. It’s why treatment only starts when detox ends because the physical addiction is only a piece of the puzzle when working towards lasting sobriety. More importantly, it’s the reason they say recovery is a journey and not a destination. Chemical dependency changes the very wiring of our brains and healing the mind is an ongoing process. Meditation and mindfulness are tools that help us develop awareness and clarity towards that end and they serve to assist in repairing the mental damage done by substance abuse. Sobriety is about taking one step at a time and mediation and mindfulness break it down further to focusing on one breath.

What Is Meditation and Mindfulness?

Sitting still and chanting ommmm. That’s stereotypically the first thing that might come to mind at the mention of mediation. But for real, what is mediation? The easiest thing is to consult the dictionary which tells us that it means to “think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation”. Mindfulness expounds on the idea of meditation and takes it further, Mayo Clinic defines it as, “a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress”. The draw to both in the context of maintaining lasting sobriety is clear: if you can train yourself to be aware and in the moment the benefits can be revelatory.

How Does Meditation and Mindfulness Help in Sobriety?

While both are considered alternative therapies to the traditional course of action for treating substance abuse, getting into the habit of practicing meditation and mindfulness can feel like a godsend in terms of the positives it shines on your life. Both during treatment and for the long run after. The benefits to sobriety and your general health and wellbeing include: Better Self Awareness – The more you meditate the more you’ll come to understand your thoughts and emotions better and eventually you’ll simply have a better grasp of yourself as a whole. The more in tune with yourself that you are, the more easily you can recognize when something is amiss and catch issues before they become too big to handle. Through that, you’ll ultimately be able to make better decisions for you. Improve Self Esteem – As you come to know yourself better and develop a way to work through and manage negative thoughts meaningfully, your positivity increases. Additionally, when you know you’re in control of your thoughts and the meaning you ascribe to them, it’s easier to find the positives. Reduce Stress – Logically, taking time to relax and focus on your breathing will reduce stress. Being squarely in the moment is a means to overcome and control anxiety. As you continue to practice meditation it can make dealing with stressors in the future feel manageable. Additionally, lower stress levels can help your immune system function better. Manage Anxiety/Depression – Depression and anxiety can be sparked by a lot of things, but stress is a big one. With mindfulness and meditation, you’re able to calmly get yourself through those bouts without dipping into anxiety or depression. Better Focus – As you hone your skill in meditation a natural byproduct is that your focus will greatly improve.

Practice Meditation and Mindfulness at Star Recovery Center

At Star Recovery Center in Anaheim, CA we believe strongly in the living in the moment ourselves. We’ve seen the transformative power for ourselves in the clients that go through treatment with us. If it’s something that’s piqued your interest, reach out to us and we’ll happily walk you through what meditation and mindfulness look like at Star Recovery Center.  

Why Addiction Happens

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Addiction is somewhat of an enigmatic thing. There’s not one root cause of it for everyone. The uniqueness of what we see in nature and people is mirrored in the myriad of reasons why addiction can grab hold of someone so tightly.

A couple of things that aren’t causes are just purely bad decisions or inherent character flaws. That’s too simplified of a view and ultimately too easy. That type of view only takes into account the surface level of addiction.

Addiction runs deeper than that.

What Is Addiction?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine provides a thorough definition:

“Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences”.

And, importantly they go on, “prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases”.

You can see from that definition that some of the complexities of addiction are already being teased out. That the narrow view of, “hey, bad choices” doesn’t take a holistic view of the person.

Why Do Some People Get Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

Let’s break it down further and more in-depth, jumping off from the ASAM description.

Brain Circuitry

Drugs essentially toy with the wiring of our brains. As per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Drugs interfere with the way neurons send, receive, and process signals via neurotransmitters…Although these drugs mimic the brain’s own chemicals, they don’t activate neurons in the same way as a natural neurotransmitter, and they lead to abnormal messages being sent through the network”.

Each drug messes with that network in a different way and with varying intensity.

The dopamine and endorphins that drugs release create and reinforce the pleasure a user experiences and helps bolster the addiction.

Environmental Factors

The nurture part of nature vs nurture, the environment in which someone lives and breathes can have a profound effect on the chances that addiction touches their lives. This is where things like home, school and work-life play a role.

If the situation at home is unstable and volatile, bullying is happening at school, stress levels are high at work, any type of abuse is happening and beyond. You can begin to see the difficulty of dealing with such a chaotic environment. Add to that friend groups who are pulling you down the wrong path or simply just socioeconomic status.

Drugs and alcohol can become coping mechanisms to deal with what life throws at you.

Biological Factors

This is the flip side, the nature part. What you’re born with. There’s a genetic component to addiction and it’s not insignificant.

Going back to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and a pretty mind-blowing finding, “family studies that include identical twins, fraternal twins, adoptees, and siblings suggest that as much as half of a person’s risk of becoming addicted to nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs depends on his or her genetic makeup”.


Half of the risk comes from factors completely out of anyone’s control: our genetic makeup.

Knowing is half the battle though. Armed with this sort of knowledge, “physicians might soon be able to incorporate genetic tests in their practice, allowing them to better match specific treatments to individuals”, according to the American Psychological Association.

Sobriety Is Possible With Star Recovery Center

The reasons why addiction happens are complex but what to do if you or a loved one is suffering from addiction doesn’t have to be. At Star Recovery Center we welcome the unique challenges and difficulties that led you to addiction and work with you to unravel them and get you recovered. Reach out and let’s start.

Establishing the Signs of Drug Withdrawal

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Withdrawal is one of the toughest things a user or drinker must go through on their quest for sobriety. It’s something that wreaks havoc on the body as well as the mind and can get so bad that it makes an addict question if getting clean is worth the suffering.

That’s a testament to the power of these substances and how much they mess with the wiring of our systems. Knowing what withdrawal looks like from various substances can help you or your loved one get through it.

Withdrawal happens very shortly after you stop taking a substance. Even something as innocuous as skipping that standard coffee in the morning can lead to headaches in the afternoon.

Why Do Drug Withdrawals Occur?

Continual and persistent drug or alcohol use really does alter the circuitry of how our minds work. Constant abuse leads to increased cravings and ultimately a dependency on those chemicals to get through the day. Our minds and bodies yearn for the drugs or alcohol, scream for them in fact, which is why getting a drink or a hit starts to become priority number one for an addict.

This is also why withdrawals occur.

The brain simply gets used to the presence of a particular substance, as does the body. Your sense of normal is built on it and when you abruptly cut the supply, your body and mind react strongly to the break in that flow. The intensity of that reaction, of that withdrawal, and how long it lasts is dependent on the substance you were using.

Signs of Drug Withdrawal

Broadly speaking, some signs of withdrawal happen commonly across all types of drugs. Things like: changes in appetite and mood, nausea, fatigue, irritability, difficulties sleeping, sweating and vomiting are generally part of the experience of withdrawal.

There are however signs of withdrawal that are more specific to certain drugs and alcohol (please note this isn’t a comprehensive list):


Withdrawal from drinking comes with insomnia, anxiety and agitation.

Lighter drinkers are less likely to go through intense withdrawal but heavy drinkers are at a vastly increased risk of developing a serious form of withdrawal called delirium tremens (DT) which manifests in shaking, confusion and hallucinations. DTs are extremely severe and potentially fatal.


Opioids are exceptionally addictive so dependence can happen quickly. Withdrawal is characterized by increased anxiety, sweating, muscle and body aches, diarrhea and general flu-like symptoms. Medical detox is commonly used to mitigate the symptoms.



Another highly addictive substance, cocaine’s withdrawal signs are much more psychologically based than physical. After someone stops using, they become more depressed and irritable. They can have hallucinations, psychotic episodes and be in a constant state of tiredness.

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

In addition to the immediate effects that withdrawal has on an addict, it’s important to keep in mind that that isn’t necessarily the end of the withdrawal process.

Acute withdrawal is the initial phase in which the aforementioned signs and symptoms happen and a lot of it is related to the physical recalibration of the body. Post-acute withdrawal is experienced psychologically, in the mind, and can happen weeks, or even months, after the last trace of drugs or alcohol have left the body. This is essentially part of the process of your mind dealing with the changes from substance abuse and can come and go. 

How to Get Help With Drug Addiction

The best odds for beating addiction are when you or your loved one seeks outside help from professionals. Withdrawal can be dangerous when dealt with alone and detoxing is only part of the equation. Lasting sobriety is much more likely to be realized by committing to a thoughtful and holistic recovery program. That’s just part of what we offer at Star Recovery Center, give us a call if you need more information on withdrawal.

How to Prepare for Drug Rehab

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Making the decision to go to rehab is one of the most important things you will do in your entire life. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that more than 20 million Americans suffer from addiction every year, yet only 10 percent ever go on to receive treatment for it. Your decision to enter rehab is your declaration that you are not going to let yourself be another statistic, and you are ready to seize back control of your life. 

Now, as you’ve probably heard, rehab can be challenging, especially when it comes to inpatient treatment programs. Inpatient treatment is highly effective because it allows you to remove yourself from the drug abuse triggers and enables people in your everyday life. However, it will come with its own set of challenges that you will need to push through. The path to recovery isn’t necessarily easy, but it is a rewarding one.

Star Recovery Center knows it’s important to prepare yourself ahead of time in order to help yourself through the challenges of addiction treatment and get the most out of it as possible. 

Make Necessary Arrangements

The whole point of an inpatient addiction treatment program is to remove you from the influences and potential toxic spaces of daily life. If you’re like many people suffering from drug abuse though, you likely have important personal and professional commitments that aren’t just going to go away in your absence.

When preparing for drug rehab, it’s a good idea here to make a list of things that will need to be taken care of. If you have children or pets, for example, find a trusted relative or friend to care for them both while you are gone and upon your return while you are adjusting back into everyday life. Work is a little trickier, since you may be reluctant to tell people that you are going to rehab. The decision to do so will depend on your situation and work climate, but you will at least need to take a leave of absence (many people simply coworkers that they need to get treatment for a health issue). In most cases, your employer cannot fire you for seeking addiction treatment as per the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Know What You Can (And Can’t) Bring With You

Rehab centers have strict rules when it comes to what you are allowed to bring with you. In many cases, even cell phones must be turned in at check-in. It’s a good idea to reach out to your addiction treatment program ahead of time for a list of things you are encouraged to bring and those that are prohibited.

In most cases, you will not be permitted to bring along anything that may distract from your treatment or that of others. Even toiletries with alcohol or strong scents are often prohibited, as these can trigger addiction cravings in some cases. If you take any necessary medication, you will need to disclose it upfront. 

Generally speaking, here’s an example list of items you’ll want to bring with you to rehab:

  • At least one week’s worth of casual, comfortable clothing (no flashy jewelry, and if you bring a swimsuit, it must be modest). You may also want to bring along a nicer outfit for special occasions / when you check out of inpatient treatment feeling refreshed.
  • Basic, necessary toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, hairbrush/comb, hair bands, basic makeup, etc.)
  • A journal / notebook. Writing about your experience and thoughts will help you get more in touch with yourself as well as enable you to better keep track of your progress. 
  • Some cash, as you may have opportunities to make small purchases during outings or at vending machines.

Don’t Keep Comparing Your Progress to Others

The connections you form while in rehab are important ones that can serve as a strong support network. However, you will not do yourself any favors if you keep worrying that you’re not making the same kind of progress as others. The grass will often appear greener on others’ paths to recovery, but yours is the one you need to focus on. Completing addiction treatment and moving forward is a journey, not a race. 

How to Prepare for Drug Rehab – Go With an Open Mind

Going to rehab can be scary, and at first you might not understand the treatment methods or why there are so many rules for inpatient care. However, it’s important to go with an open mind. Be receptive to this new opportunity for a fresh start, and don’t be afraid to participate in new activities or explore new hobbies. And remember that you are not alone. The other patients are there to turn over a new leaf as well and learn how to overcome their own struggles with drug abuse. Making new connections with your fellow program participants is, in many ways, just as important as being receptive to the addiction treatment itself. 

Know That Addiction Treatment Is Just the Beginning

Many people leave rehab better than they’ve felt in a long time. At the very least, you should check out of your inpatient treatment program relaxed, completely sober and feeling confident in your skills to avoid drug abuse. This is the beginning of a new chapter in your life, after all. At times you will be tempted to fall back into old habits. Many people do relapse at least once following rehab. However, you will now have the ability to pick yourself up afterwards and get back on the right track. Addiction recovery is hard, but you’ll be well equipped for it with the right treatment program under your belt. 

We’re Here for You

Do you have questions about rehab, or are you still looking for the right addiction treatment program? We can help. We offer addiction and substance abuse treatment in Orange County, so you can relax and finally overcome drug abuse. Get in touch today; there’s no better time than the present to say “enough is enough.”

How to Beat a Heroin Addiction

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Addiction to any substance requires a battle to overcome. There is no easy way out of that minefield across the board but there are some drugs that take a much stronger hold. Some which don’t let go of your body or mind as easily. Heroin is one of those heavy hitters that’s highly, highly addictive and therefore exceedingly difficult to kick. At Star Recovery Center’s rehab centers in Orange County, we’re here to inform you of the dangers of heroin and how to break a heroin addiction. 

What Is Heroin?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes heroin as “an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin”.  They go on to describe that the addictive nature of heroin comes from it binding to opioid receptors on cells in many areas of the brain, particularly those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure. And long term usage changes the physical structure and physiology of the brain, creating long-term imbalances in neuronal and hormonal systems that are not easily reversed.

It’s an extreme rush and additionally, because it’s an opioid, it works to dampen and minimize pain and promote relaxation. What ends up happening is that a user begins to build a tolerance and needs ever-increasing amounts of the drug to achieve the same feeling of euphoria. The danger here is self-evident, the more you take in one dose, the higher the chances of overdosing become.

The hazards and risk don’t end there though, unlike prescription opioids which have regulated usage, dosage and quality controls, heroin is illegal. You or your loved one is purchasing it on the streets. What the means, of course, is that there is no guarantee of the quality or strength. You may end up buying a significantly more potent dose than expected without even knowing it.

And to reiterate, all of this is made substantially worse because it’s such a highly addictive drug. It’s possible to get hooked from the first time and the chance of that happening isn’t exactly slim.

Best Way to Get off Heroin

The simple thing to do is seek help. Naturally, that is easier said than done since admitting to and opening up about addiction is extraordinarily difficult. Users go to great lengths to mask their drug use and deny a problem exists in the first place. This is par for the course.

After breaking through that difficult initial stage of admitting there’s a problem in the first place, the next step is to work on getting clean. Like all powerful drugs, quitting heroin abruptly poses its own profoundly serious health risks. Quitting cold turkey is not only tough but it’s dangerous. Detoxing at a facility that knows how to deal with your withdrawal symptoms and understands on a visceral level what that experience is like is crucial. Not only that but detoxing under the supervision of medical professionals means it’s guided, there’s the possibility of being prescribed medication to manage those uncomfortable symptoms and get you to the other side more comfortably.

After that comes the work of recovery and getting your mind, body and life back on track. At Star Recovery Center, how to beat a heroin addiction often looks like participating in a residential inpatient treatment program where you stay with us for 30-60+ days and receive a high level of care and attention, separated from the outside world. Distraction-free and able to focus fully on the task of recovery.

Inpatient treatment transitions to outpatient care where you reintegrate back into your life, with our support the entire way, and come see us for continued therapy, counseling or whatever your recovery plan entails.

The Best Way to Get off Heroin Is at Star Recovery Center

Here at Star Recovery Center’s drug rehab in Anaheim, CA, we understand that men have unique and specific needs through this process which is why we offer gender-specific, men-only inpatient treatment. If you or a man in your life is struggling with heroin addiction, reach out to us today and we can get you started down the road to recovery.

Benefits of Men’s Only Inpatient Treatment

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Inpatient treatment, or treatment for addiction of any type really, is a very personal affair. One where an individual’s comfort with the process and the facility are supreme in the level of its efficacy. If you’re not feeling quite right at a particular rehab or treatment center, not in a place where you’re able to properly open up or that you believe yourself to be an outsider, the process and program simply aren’t going to work as well as designed.

Often, discomfort in inpatient treatment derives from it being a mixed-gender experience. Men and women perceive and interact with the world differently, their genetics and biology vary significantly and so gender-specific recovery programs can frequently be an easy remedy to avoid an unnecessarily complicated treatment regimen. 


What Is Men’s Only Addiction Treatment? 

Men’s only treatment is just as it sounds, a treatment center that’s purpose-built to accommodate the needs of men on their journey to sobriety. Pew notes that men are more likely to face substance abuse issues than women, specifically, the National Institute of Health adds, men are 2 to 3 times more likely than women to have a drug abuse disorder. Men are also more likely to drink excessively according to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention.

Truly astounding facts and figures and given those dramatic statistics, it would be foolhardy to paint treatment with broad strokes and lump everyone in together. Not to mention the fact that the source of addiction for some men is based on, and borne of, relations with the opposite sex. Of course, that’s not to say mixed-gender treatment doesn’t have it’s own very distinct benefits, it very much does, it’s just that some men need that space to themselves, particularly for addiction treatment. 


Benefits to Gender-Specific Treatment

As another study confirming from the National Survey on Drug Use & Health confirms, men are twice as likely to develop an addiction than women, so catering to them in treatment has distinct benefits. Chief among them are:


As mentioned earlier, being in a comfortable place makes sharing those painful or traumatizing experiences easier. There’s a basic emotional understanding which lends itself to more trust and bonding. The safety in that type of space creates an atmosphere that promotes more openness. 

Fewer Distractions

Let’s be honest, being with the opposite sex can create distractions that take away from the inpatient treatment. Potential romantic involvement between patients can have seriously catastrophic consequences to a recovery program since folks will put more attention there than to their treatment.

At the end of the day, removing as many distractions as possible allows men to focus squarely on the task at hand; getting clean and creating the foundation for a sober life.


Because men and women lead such different lives, mixed gendered inpatient treatment may end up delving into matters that both sexes find not particularly relevant to their recovery. Being surrounded by men means an inherent relatability factor is already built into the process. Moreover, being guided through the process by specialists and medical professionals who can fully relate makes the inpatient process all the more effective.


Get Help With Addiction Today!

If you’re a man suffering the scourge of addiction or substance abuse or it’s your brother, father, uncle or best friend, there’s no time like the present to get help for the men in your life. At Star Recovery Center in Costa Mesa, California we fully appreciate and understand the unique needs and lives of men dealing with these issues. Our men-only inpatient treatment exists for that very reason. Reach out to us today and we can tell you more about it.