If you’ve explored addiction programs, you’ll notice many have one thing in common: they use role modelling as part of the lifelong journey toward recovery.

If you dive into the “why”, you’ll uncover a wide range of studies that support this approach.

But aside from the data, you’ll also hear countless stories of how men have been able to help each other by either finding or becoming role models.

Two Celebrities Share Their Addiction Recovery Journeys

A great example is found in a recent episode of the Armchair Expert podcast.

During the show, host Dax Shepard enjoys a candid discussion with actor and comedian Russell Brand.

Both are extremely gifted conversationalists.

And both are in recovery.

In discussing their recovery journeys, both tell how the lack of male role models impacted their actions later in life. That missing piece left a void that influenced how they treated themselves and the women they had relationships with.

Ultimately, they both wound up with addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex. As Russell Brand said, “I ended up using material things to solve spiritual needs.”

Positive Networks of Men in Addiction Recovery

After seeking help, Russell realized that the same thing that contributed to him becoming addicted could help him recover—male relationships.

He’s since formed many strong, open, honest relationships with men who respect females and understand the unhealthy trappings that can accompany fame.

As part of their recovery, Dax and Russell have older male mentors they lean on when they need support. And both have become sponsors themselves, committing their support to other men during their early stages of recovery.

One of their secrets to successful recovery is the network of support they’ve each built.

The networks act like a chain of accountability that motivates everyone within that chain. It reminds everyone how far they’ve come and how far they have to go.

And it allows them to learn from other men who understand what it’s like to walk a mile in their shoes.

In-Your-Face Proof that You Can Do It Too

At times, recovery can seem insurmountable.

One of the great things about connecting with other role models is that you can see how they’ve made the impossible possible.

They can share their struggles and show you that you really can come out OK.

And let’s face it—success breeds success.

Positivity can be contagious.

And having someone in your corner you can relate to can provide the hope, inspiration, and real-life solutions to get you through to the other side.

We Can Help You

Ledgehill’s two facilities in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, provide gender-specific treatment for men and women who need to heal in a peaceful, supportive environment free from fear or distraction. If you’d like to learn more about the addiction and mental health treatment programs provided by Ledgehill, enrol yourself in one of our programs, or refer someone else, please call us at 902-905-3586.