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

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult), but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

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

Essential Components

The essential components of Helping Men Recover (HMR) include:

  • Four modules with specific topic areas for each of the 18 sessions (there is also a self-administered recovery scale for each module):
    • Module A - Self (5 sessions with a total of 11 activities):
      • Session 1: Defining Self
      • Session 2: Men in Recovery
      • Session 3: Sense of Self
      • Session 4: Men: Inside & Out
      • Session 5: Men and Feelings
    • Module B - Relationships (6 sessions with a total of 14 activities):
      • Session 6: Family of Origin
      • Session 7: Barriers to Relationships
      • Session 8: Fathers
      • Session 9: Mothers
      • Session 10: Creating Healthy Relationships and Support Systems
      • Session 11: Effective Communication & Intimacy
    • Module C - Sexuality (4 sessions with a total of 11 activities):
      • Session 12: Sexuality and Addiction
      • Session 13: Sexual Identity
      • Session 14: Barriers to Sexual Health
      • Session 15: Healthy Sexuality
    • Module D - Spirituality (3 sessions with a total of 11 activities):
      • Session 16: What is Spirituality?
      • Session 17: Real Men
      • Session 18: Creating a Vision
  • Helping Men Recover is designed to be a group intervention with one facilitator and 6-12 men per group.

Adult Services

Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR) directly provides services to adults (regardless of whether they are parents or caregivers) and addresses the following:

  • Substance abuse, interpersonal violence, symptoms from experiencing trauma

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Community Agency
  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Prison or pre-release center
  • Residential Care Facility

Homework

Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR) includes a homework component:

Men have a journal to process their group experience and practice skills.

Languages

Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR) does not have materials available in a language other than English.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • Facilitator’s guide
  • Flip chart
  • Workbooks
  • Room with chairs in a circle
  • A group facilitator
  • Art supplies for collage work

Minimum Provider Qualifications

Licensed addiction counselor with experience in the field and leading with groups or a bachelor’s degree in a human services field.

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

Training can be provided onsite. There are also trainings available at various sites in California and other parts of the U.S.

For more information see, www.stephaniecovington.com and www.centerforgenderandjustice.org

Number of days/hours:

Generally 2 days

Additional Resources:

There currently are additional qualified resources for training:

Please contact the Training Contact above for a list of certified trainers.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR).

References

No reference materials are currently available for Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR).

Contact Information

Name: Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW
Agency/Affiliation: Center for Gender and Justice
Website: www.stephaniecovington.com
Email:
Phone: (858) 454-8528
Fax: (858) 454-8598

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