The Effects of Addiction in Men
Addiction can affect anyone regardless of ages, gender, and race. While women are more likely to face multiple barriers before developing a substance abuse addiction. Women are more hesitant to enter a substance abuse program and are geared more towards mental health or therapeutic programs; which can lead to poor treatment outcomes. Men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with substance dependency as woman.
Men face unique challenges that make them more susceptible to substance abuse. Most men begin using mind altering substances at an earlier age and use them more often. Society tolerates adolescent men’s risky behavior and even encourages it. This social encouragement mixed with the natural instinct to prove one’s ‘manliness’ can lead to substance abuse and addiction in men.
Research has shown that more than 50% of men who struggle with drug and/or alcohol addiction have also been diagnosed with another mental illness. Men suffering from depression, bi-polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other mental illnesses are less likely to seek treatment than women. This can lead men to self-medicate using illegal drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both. The substances tend to worsen the underlying disease (ex. Alcohol is a depressant which can cause an already depressed individual an even deeper onset of symptoms). Men also struggle with expressing emotions, which can further addiction in men by suppressing their feeling of guilt, shame, sadness, and self-esteem.
Relationships can be beneficial for men who suffer from addiction. Married men, or those who are in committed relationships, are more likely to complete treatment and avoid addiction relapse. Drug and/or alcohol abuse can compromise a man’s ability to be a good husband and father. Strong support systems can help men of addition successfully complete a substance abuse treatment program.
Men who suffer from addiction are more likely to engage in promiscuous behavior with partners who suffer the same or similar addictions. Men of dependence are twice as likely to be emotionally and physically abusive. An estimated 25%-50% of men who commit acts of violence have a history of substance abuse.
If left untreated, substance abuse and addiction in men can lead to separation, divorce, trouble with the law, and other severe consequences. Boca House is a substance abuse treatment center in Florida that specializes in substance abuse programs for men. If you or a man you love is suffering from drug abuse or alcohol dependence, the addiction specialists at Boca House can help. We have helped thousands of men suffering from addiction since our establishment. Call 877-957-8187 today to learn more about our male-only substance abuse program.