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Men and Addiction

Not surprisingly, men and women are very different when it comes to addiction and treatment for addiction.  Research is often geared at gender differences when it comes to drug abuse and addiction.

Some recent statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute on Drug Abuse point out some interesting facts about men and addiction. These key facts are listed below:

  • Men are four times more likely than women to be heavy drinkers and two times as likely to be dependent upon alcohol.
  • About 5 million men report past-year misuse of drugs or alcohol.
  • Men are more likely to develop an addiction disorder and abuse more than one substance.
  • Most often, men begin using substances at an earlier age, and use them more often.
  • Men are 2.3 times more likely than women to enter treatment for their addiction, however, many men enter via the criminal justice system.
  • Men are more likely to struggle with pride and denial as well as relapse triggers such as depression and anxiety during addiction recovery.
  • Interestingly, more than half of men who struggle with addiction also have another mental illness, including depression, bipolar disorder and PSTD.
  • Men are almost 4 times more likely to commit suicide while drinking.
  • Men are nine times more likely to die of an alcohol-associated heart disease.
  • Men are more at risk than women to drink alcohol excessively and are therefore more likely to take other risks (for example: reckless driving, or driving without a seat belt). These risks further increase the possibility of injury or death.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction,whether they be a man or a woman, addiction treatment can help them get back on the right track with recovery.