Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR)

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About This Program

Target Population: Men with addictive disorders

Brief Description

HMR is a gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment program for men. The materials include a facilitator’s guide and a participant’s workbook. This is the men’s version of the women’s curriculum, Helping Women Recover, which is highlighted on the CEBC as part of a combined Helping Women Recover & Beyond Trauma (HWR/BT) intervention. HMR addresses what is often missing in prevailing treatment modes: a clear understanding of the impact of male socialization on the recovery process, a consideration of the relational needs of men, and a focus on the issues of abuse and trauma (both experienced and perpetrated). The Helping Men Recover Facilitator’s Guide for the 18-session program is a step-by-step manual containing the theory, structure, and content needed for running groups. The participant’s workbook allows men to process and record the therapeutic experience. The program model is organized into four modules that emphasize the core areas of men’s recovery: Self, Relationships, Sexuality, and Spirituality. The materials are designed to be user-friendly and self-instructive.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Helping Men Recover (HMR) are:

  • Decrease in substance abuse
  • Increase in acknowledgement of trauma (both experienced and perpetrated)
  • Decrease in PTSD
  • Decrease in other trauma symptoms
  • Increase in self-efficacy
  • Stabilize recovery

Contact Information

Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW
Agency/Affiliation: Center for Gender and Justice
Phone: (858) 454-8528
Fax: (858) 454-8598
Dan Griffin, MA
Agency/Affiliation: Griffin Recovery Enterprises, Inc
Phone: (424) 254-9946

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2012