Addiction is a highly personal disease, and treatment for each person should be specialized to suit individual needs to enhance long-term recovery. Men tend to have higher rates of illicit drug use, abuse, and dependence on drugs than women, and men and women experience addiction differently. Not only do men have a different biological makeup than women, they may also use drugs differently than women. For instance, men generally have more opportunities to use drugs than women do, and men often wait longer to seek treatment for issues surrounding problematic drug use.
Men are also typically expected to act a certain way. They are often not particularly encouraged to share feelings and experiences in mixed-gender situations. A male-only treatment program can alleviate gender pressures and allow men to interact with other men who can relate to what they are going through, giving them a forum that is free of judgment and biases related to their gender. Many treatment facilities offer programs that are gender-specific and cater to either women only or men only.