Men and fathers are culturally inhibited when seeking assistance for themselves or family members. They are expected to “handle problems themselves” and often feel isolated and alone when attempting to deal with complicated issues, including alcohol/substance abuse, gambling addiction, sex and love addiction, depression and anxiety, conflict in relationships with their wife/partner, children, or family, and work-related stressors.
Groups of educated, honest, and supportive men offer a welcoming, supportive environment to work through issues in a healthy way. By offering connection with men who suffer from similar problems, who can identify with common personal experiences, and who offer one another emotional comfort, moral support, and educational and practical information, groups for men can help facilitate coping.
Benefits of participating in groups for men include:
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
- Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
- Improving coping skills and sense of adjustment
- Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
- Reducing distress, depression and anxiety
- Learning relapse prevention techniques
- Developing communications skills to improve relationships
- Identifying “family of origin patterns” that perpetuate negative thoughts and behaviors
- Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
- Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options