Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR)
About This Program
Target Population: Men with addictive disorders
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.
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
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.
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
One or two 90-minute sessions per week
18 sessions – approximately 2-5 months
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community Agency
- Outpatient Clinic
- Prison or prerelease center
- Residential Care Facility
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.
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
- Facilitator’s guide
- Flip chart
- Room with chairs in a circle
- A group facilitator
- Art supplies for collage work
Education and Training
Prerequisite/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.
- Stephanie S. Covington
phone: (858) 454-8528
- Griffin Recovery Enterprises, Inc
phone: (858) 454-8528(424) 254-9946
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.
Number of days/hours:
Generally 2-3 days
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
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR).
No reference materials are currently available for Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR).
- Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW
- Agency/Affiliation: Center for Gender and Justice
- Website: www.stephaniecovington.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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: November 2017
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2012