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 facilitatorâ€™s guide and a participantâ€™s workbook. This is the menâ€™s version of the womenâ€™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 Facilitatorâ€™s Guide for the 18-session program is a step-by-step manual containing the theory, structure, and content needed for running groups. The participantâ€™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 menâ€™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 misuse
- Increase in acknowledgement of trauma (both experienced and perpetrated)
- Decrease in PTSD
- Decrease in other trauma symptoms
- Increase in self-efficacy
- Stabilize recovery
The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (HMR).
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 misuse, interpersonal violence, symptoms from experiencing trauma
One or two 90-minute sessions per week
18 sessions â€“ approximately 2-5 months
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Outpatient Clinic
- Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider
- Group or Residential Care
- Justice Setting (Juvenile Detention, Jail, Prison, Courtroom, etc.)
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:
- Facilitatorâ€™s guide
- Flip chart
- Room with chairs in a circle
- A group facilitator
- Art supplies for collage work
Manuals and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
Licensed addiction counselor with experience in the field and leading with groups or a bachelorâ€™s degree in a human services field are the standard qualifications. It can be used with peer facilitation as well.
There is a manual that describes how to deliver this program.
There is training available for this program.
- Stephanie S. Covington
phone: (858) 454-8528
- Griffin Recovery Enterprises, Inc
phone: (424) 254-9946
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: email@example.com
- 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: March 2020
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2012