When it comes to drugs or alcohol, you might be surprised to learn that there are differences in how both men and women abuse them—which drugs they use and how frequently. Of course, it is a disease that affects millions of both men and women, but their experiences with use differ dramatically. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, men are more likely than women to try a variety of drugs and with more frequency. And, if the emergency room statistics in the United States are true, then men are more likely to fatally overdose than women. It’s staggering to learn that these statistics also apply to the frequency of marijuana use and abuse of prescription drugs. Is it just that men are more fearless, while women are more cautious? Whatever the reason, women are still just as likely to develop a substance abuse addiction as men. At Sunshine Recovery Center, we recognize that drug and alcohol abuse is gender specific and we have developed a program specifically geared to help men battle a disease that statistically grows higher every year.
What Factors Contribute to the Differences Between Men and Women Substance Abusers?
It’s no secret that men and women differ biologically (weight-wise) and that has a direct effect on how the body processes a drug. Here are some of the way’s men may abuse drugs differently:
- While women tend to use drugs more in a social setting, men are drawn to the substance for the particular effect.
- Women and men also differ in how they express their emotions. While women tend to be more open with their feelings, men often bottle them up inside. They may use drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate to treat a mental health issue or other emotional pain.
- Men may also take drugs to boost their productivity at work or in competitive sports. Women tend to be less competitive than men in general.
- Men tend to have more of a thrill-seeking nature than women which, as a result, may cause them to experiment with more of a variety of drugs than women.
At Sunshine Recovery Center, we have developed a specific program to help men deal with their addictions. We offer group counseling as a way to help men express their emotions in a comfortable non-judgmental setting. Our male-specific treatment environment encourages our men patients to bond with male patients and share their stories in a group or out. At Sunshine Recovery Center, we believe that once a bond is formed, it becomes easier for men to discuss feelings like shame, guilt aggression and love, self-esteem, relationships and more. If you are a male struggling with drugs or alcohol, we have a program geared especially for you. Through our group counseling and one-on-one sessions with our skilled counselors and clinicians, we will begin to get to the root of your addiction and set you on the path to recovery. We can help you regain your life and live drug-free once more! Call us today on our confidential 24-hour hotline at (561) 517-9934 to see how our gender-specific program can help you break free of your addiction once and for all!