While addiction can affect anyone, it often presents itself differently depending upon biological and sociological factors. For example, research has shown that men are more likely than women to abuse drugs and alcohol. Not only do hormones like testosterone and progesterone metabolize drugs and alcohol differently between the biological sexes, but upbringing and other environmental factors often influence negative consumption habits in men.
Specific features of addiction in men
Both sociological and biological factors play a role in how men become addicted to substances and what that addiction looks like. For example, men are more likely to begin using drugs or alcohol because of peer pressure or the desire to fit in with others. The way men metabolize drugs and alcohol also means that their bodies become accustomed to daily consumption of substances.
Long-term use means:
- Heavier use of drugs or alcohol
- More acute withdrawal symptoms
- Ripple effects of substance abuse such as domestic violence
It’s important to know the signs of addiction and know what treatment options are available.
It is important to understand addiction at a physical, emotional, and social level if you are seeking help for a loved one or for yourself. Men often feel shame when talking about their own mental health problems and addiction, so giving yourself or a loved one the space to talk about problems like addiction can help seeking support easier.
When you’re ready to have the conversation about addiction, you can find resources here.