Health Hub logo
men-1081843_1920-1

Addiction in Men

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.

Finding treatment

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.

Share :

Health Hub

family-g7e9d51d1e_1920_web

Self-sabotage happens when someone participates in one or more behaviors that undermine their wellbeing and …

early-morning-gaf5c26e10_1920_web

Research indicates that brain function tends to decline with age, but it also shows that …

AdobeStock_175690023_web

Empathy is the glue that holds humanity together. Through it, we’re able to feel concern …

family-g7e9d51d1e_1920_web

Self-sabotage happens when someone participates in one or more behaviors that undermine their wellbeing and …

early-morning-gaf5c26e10_1920_web

Research indicates that brain function tends to decline with age, but it also shows that …

AdobeStock_175690023_web

Empathy is the glue that holds humanity together. Through it, we’re able to feel concern …

piano-g353ab396e_1920_web

A person’s quality of life largely depends on their ability to be productive. Whether it’s …