Let’s revisit the important topic of male bonding in recovery. Often jokingly called “bromance,” bonding between guys is really important for an optimal recovery experience. Let’s talk about some of the benefits of male bonding for recovery and beyond while working to debunk some of the stereotypes that only serve to keep men separate. Let’s come together in harmony and brotherly love for the betterment of all of us.
Male bonding has actually been shown to boost mood, thereby helping recovery and general well-being. A study conducted at the University of California-Berkeley concluded that social interactions between men increase oxytocin levels in the brain. Oxytocin is called the bonding hormone, as it gets released when people feel truly at ease with one another. It’s one of the hormonal foundations of friendship, empathy, and comfort. While this study is great, we don’t need a study to know that it just feels better when we’re able to engage in real friendships with men.
Vulnerability and Healing
Our culture often encourages men to be tough and avoid open displays of emotion. This only serves to separate men and does some serious psychological damage in the process. It’s only when we become vulnerable and open ourselves up to loving friendships that we can truly begin to heal. The camaraderie amongst guys is vital. Let’s debunk the stereotypes of male aggression and the tough guy act and embrace vulnerability, realness, and brotherly love.
Male Bonding and Recovery
While embracing bromances in recovery, you’ll find that your levels of trust increase and you’ll just feel happier. Solid support systems amongst men in recovery are vital. We understand each other and there’s always someone there to catch you if you fall.
Tree House Recovery of Orange County, California is a premiere men’s addiction treatment facility that uses eight different modalities to help our men become the best versions of themselves they can be. We teach our men that every day of their journey is something to celebrate and that recovery isn’t a sprint– it’s a marathon. To get started with Tree House Recovery, call us today at (855) 202-2138