here are no limits on who can be impacted by a drug addiction. Drugs can affect any person, no matter how much they earn, what color their skin, or what religion they practice. This is all very true; however, studies have shown that men are more likely to develop substance abuse disorders than women.
A report from 2014 found that more males are addicted than females to harmful substances. The study found that men are three times more likely to develop substance abuse disorders than women. Without a doubt, gender can play a major role in a person’s development. Following social norms has a great influence on how people develop and changes in their personalities.
Men account for close to 66% of all opioid deaths in 2016. There are many reasons as to why there is such a wide gap between male and female usage.
The Cycle of Misuse
Some psychiatrists believe that men are more prone to taking risks in life. Drug use in itself is a major risk that falls in line with this type of lifestyle. Additionally, males are more likely to be exposed to substance misuse in their lives. They have a higher chance of exposure and more common exposure during adolescence by friends. Male teens have an astonishing power of being able to convince other males to experiment with drugs or alcohol. This type of influence directly contributes to the spread of drug misuse and addiction.
Having one friend able to convince others to do drugs is scary. What’s more confusing is what causes that one friend to want to convince others to experiment with drugs or alcohol? A study by the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health found that 53% of children with drug or alcohol use disorders have parents that misuse drugs or alcohol themselves.
Men have a more difficult time dealing with parental addiction problems, which makes them more susceptible to developing an addiction of their own.
How You Can Help
Even if a person does not appear to have a substance abuse problem, they may still be dealing with addiction either directly or indirectly through people around them. It is important for these individuals to know that they do not have to use. Just because a parent deals with addiction does not mean they have to as well.
Social and academic challenges can create intense anxiety and depression in teens and young adults, which increase the likelihood they will turn to drugs as a method of coping. Encourage individuals to try healthier activities to clear their mind. Join a sports team together, sign up for a 5K and train, or just get a gym membership to help each other become more fit.
Being a male doesn’t mean you have to deal with addiction. At Asana Recovery, we understand that life can be challenging. We work with addicts daily to develop healthy eating and exercise routines that help them manage their emotions better. If you or someone you know is dealing with an addiction, call us today at (949) 416- 3341 to get help.