A targeted treatment program narrows its focus so that it can offer a more individualized approach to each client. Men who are struggling with drug abuse or alcoholism generally feel more comfortable in a treatment program where they do not have to hold their emotions in check. For a number of them, having female clients present makes them uncomfortable, especially if they began using drugs or alcohol as a result of sexual abuse or exploitation.
If a man finds it difficult to talk about the underlying reason he started using chemicals during group therapy in a mixed group, it will be more difficult for him to get the benefit out of this form of help. With a male-only group, it can be easier for men to talk about their experiences, whether they are abuse survivors or they started drinking or doing drugs due to a breakup, stress from work or another reason.