While both men and women suffer from drug addiction, the reality is that men tend to suffer at a rate much higher than women. The result is in this country, we are seeing an epidemic of men with drug addictions.
Why are the Numbers So High?
To really understand the impact of addiction on men, it’s important to look at the statistics. Data put out by the Substance Abuse And Mental Health Administration reported that roughly 67% of all substance abuse admissions in the United States are male. It should also be noted that these numbers hold up, regardless of age, sexual preference, or ethnic group.
But why are these numbers so disproportionately high? One explanation might be that men naturally partake in riskier behaviors. Men tend to be the ones that drive fast, scale buildings, and experiment with illicit drugs.
Men also will turn to drugs to self-medicate their depression and anxiety. While men and women both suffer from depression and anxiety, men don’t typically seek help from a counselor. There is a sense in many men to reach out for help is an act of weakness. And so they go it alone, using alcohol and other drugs to soothe their pain.
Signs of Drug Addiction
Now that we understand a bit more about why drug addiction is a bigger issue for men, let’s take a look at some of the most common signs:
- Drinking or using drugs on a daily basis.
- Drinking or using drugs alone.
- Hiding their drug use.
- One or more DUI.
- Sudden problems at work or with friend/family relationships.
- Spending time with new people who seem to be a bad influence.
- Sudden weight loss or gain.
- Losing interest in hobbies and other activities.
If someone you love is showing one or more of these signs, it may be time to intervene and speak to them about a treatment plan.
Treatment for Drug Addiction
Rehabilitation for drug addiction is a complex thing. Our loved one will not only have to detox his body to remove every trace of the drug; he’ll also have to commit to therapy to understand the psychological and behavioral reasons behind the drug addiction.
Therapy can be done one-on-one or in a group setting. And of course, he will need to join a support group such as AA to make sure he stays on track.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drug addiction and would like to explore treatment options, please be in touch with me. My goal is to help you navigate the healing process so you can live a happy and fulfilling life.
Hey! My name is Stacy, and I am a licensed mental health counselor working in Broward County. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with a variety of addictions. I have also worked with clients whose loved ones are struggling with addiction, individuals who experience a variety of mental health struggles including depression, anxiety, and other co-occurring disorders as well as phase of life issues, low self-esteem, and anger.