Addiction recovery impacts men differently than women for many reasons. Substances affect everyone differently and the way men handle addiction is also different. For many decades, people assumed substance abuse problems were exclusive to men but there are unique challenges facing men with addiction. Find out what they are and how men can push past them for a healthier recovery.
Unique Challenges Facing Men in Recovery
Men are expected to be strong and silent types who deal with problems quietly. The stereotype of a man who can handle it all puts pressure on men who are facing addiction because they are afraid of looking weak. Biologically, a man may be able to use drugs or alcohol for longer periods of time before it has a detrimental impact on physical health and so he’s able to hide it longer from family and friends.
One of the main reasons women may put off treatment is due to being primary caretaker of the children but for men the shame and guilt may come from being primary breadwinner (or one of them) for the family. Leaving for extended periods may seem like a financial impossibility. Finding a treatment center close to home that offers various programs can alleviate stress and help men achieve success.
Men and women often go through treatment and recover from addiction only to find that upon leaving the program they fall back into the same habits. Men who have friends who drink or use drugs may pressure buddies to do the same. Men have a higher rate of relapse and it is important to have mentors and strong aftercare support networks set up to achieve success in recovery.
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