Men face many unique health risks, such as certain cancers and diseases. They also face an increased risk of addiction and dying from an overdose. Throughout the year, it is important to learn the issues men face with addiction and work to treat the condition early. Keep reading for more information statistics, why men are more likely to use, health risks men face with addiction and more.
Statistics on Men and Addiction
Why Are Men More Likely to Use?
As noted above, men are more likely to use and experience complications from addiction than women. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that men are greater risk-takers, men are more likely to self-medicate, and stereotypical masculinity gets in the way.
Men Are Greater Risk-Takers
According to a study by the American Psychological Association, across a wide range of real-world domains, men engage in more risky behaviors than women. This is because women tend to judge the negative outcomes earlier than men, and these judgments can impact a woman’s decision-making more than in men.
In addition, scientists at Newcastle University in the U.K. have discovered that girls tend to optimize brain connections earlier than boys. The researchers conclude that this may explain why females generally mature faster in certain cognitive and emotional areas than males during childhood and adolescence. This can also be one of the reasons that men are greater risk-takers than women, especially at a time where individuals are specifically vulnerable to peer-pressure.
Men Are More Likely to Self-Medicate
Depression, anxiety and PTSD are major underlying causes of addiction. Men are less likely to enter treatment than women, which leaves them more likely to self-medicate than women. Even though women are more likely to develop depression than men, men are less likely to get help, which puts them at a greater risk of worsening their depression. Luckily, underlying conditions such as these are treatable at facilities like ours through dual diagnosis treatment.
Self-medicating is a dangerous cycle. While it can leave an individual feeling temporarily relieved of symptoms for a few moments, it eventually causes the underlying symptom to worsen. Constantly chasing the temporary feeling of relief will quickly lead an individual down the path toward a deadly addiction. These worsening symptoms lead to more use, which leads to dependency and, eventually, an overdose which can be deadly.
Simply Put: Masculinity
Unfortunately, one of the unique issues men face as a barrier to treatment is the stigma of stereotypical masculinity. This means men can feel “less-than” or “out of control” if they admit any sort of weakness, such as an addiction. Because of this, men are less likely to admit their problems even if they know they have one. This can eventually cause deadly consequences.
Even if men are able to make it to addiction treatment, they are less likely to open up to their therapist and receive the full benefits of treatment than women. This is because it is more difficult for men to talk about their emotions in general, which makes choosing the right treatment center extremely important.
About New Hope
New Hope Ranch is a residential treatment center focusing on prevention, assessment, treatment, and reintegration for people suffering from substance abuse. Services are provided on our beautiful 49-acre ranch just 15 minutes from downtown Austin, Texas.
New Hope Ranch’s mission has two basic purposes: to improve social behavior and enhance personal recovery and growth. The organization has a culture of innovation that thrives on the creation of new services that meet the community’s needs while maintaining effectiveness, excellence, and professionalism. New Hope Ranch values an integrated system of high-quality care focused on best practices, easy access to services, and providing a full range of services in an efficient manner.
Our Treatment Philosophy consists of providing the highest quality services while ensuring that each patient has a personalized treatment plan. New Hope Ranch met the rigorous standards and regulations the Joint Commission requires for a behavioral health provider to achieve accreditation and we strive every day to represent our gold standard joint commission accreditation proudly.
With the eyes of the world on the developments surrounding the COVID 19 – coronavirus, our news feeds, social media feeds, and everyday conversations are focusing on the pandemic facing your communities. Each day more restrictions are imposed and closures are mandated for individuals, schools, and businesses across the nation. This coronavirus has disrupted the life of every individual in recent days and will likely continue for several more weeks. With campaigns encouraging social distancing and a break from your regular routine it is easy to become overwhelmed and stressed with all of the recent changes
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is an important measure and tool being implemented by the government and health officials during this health crisis to attempt to slow and reduce the spread of the coronavirus through your community. This measure helps not only lessen the number of people that contracts the disease but also helps the healthcare system to manage the impact more effectively rather than overloading it.
The Impacts of Social Distancing
The reality is that while social distancing is a much-needed step to protect the community during this dangerous threat from the coronavirus it can also present a number of struggles for individuals dealing with mental health issues or individuals who already live relatively solitary lives becoming more isolated.
It is critical to differentiate that social distance does not mean it is necessary to be socially isolated. Social distancing can make a positive impact for you and your community by reducing the transmission of the virus and potentially saving lives. However, social isolation by eliminating personal connections completely can be extremely detrimental to your own personal wellbeing and that of others.
Unfortunately, social distancing creates a challenge for individuals to remain connected and often brings to the forefront struggles with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. In fact, studies have found a correlation between the role of social contacts and their ability to buffer the negative effects of stress. While no one can predict the overall impacts and effects to society that social distancing will have it is highly likely to affect everyone in some capacity and those suffering from mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression as well as those combating substance abuse will be more susceptible and vulnerable in this situation.
How to Stay Connected During This Time
While the risk of isolation from social distancing can cause individuals to face mounting pressures and emotions there are several ways to prepare and connect to the outside world in a way that can still be fulfilling and therapeutic.
Use Social Media the Right Way
Social media can be a bit of a double-edged sword in a situation such as this. It is a great tool to remain connected with families and friends but can also be a source of anxiety if used to discuss current events and raise negativity rather than focusing on doom, gloom, and arguments.
Facetime & Phone Calls
There is nothing quite like hearing the reassuring voice of a close friend, mentor, or family member. Do not underestimate the power of a simple phone call to check up on another and have a quick chat. If you are missing the face to face interaction consider using your video messaging capabilities through your phone, Facebook, or Whatsapp.
Join a Virtual Session
Are you missing out on your exercise classes, meetings, or other activities? Through this crisis organizations and businesses have quickly adapted their business structures and are offering their clients and customers virtual options for exercise classes, therapy sessions, hobby-related meetings, and conferences. Contact your providers and see what options they have available for you to participate from home during this time.
Other Considerations to Make During Social Distancing
Maintaining a meaningful connection with your friends and family is critical during this difficult and uncertain time for your mental and physical wellbeing. In addition to incorporating the methods mentioned above to keep in touch with your contacts, it is also important to establish a productive routine during these social distancing measures even if you are stuck at home.
Find a Purpose
If you are a helper and doer at heart try to find outlets to become a valuable resource in your community from your home. You may be able to offer your assistance to organizations or local businesses that may be of need in providing essential services to the population.
Being home all day can lead to bored eating and excess consumption of processed foods. Try to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet that will leave you feeling your body at its best.
Sleep – It is easy to lose track of time and a schedule when you have nowhere to be, but establishing and following a healthy sleep schedule is important for your mental and physical wellness. Ensure you are getting a sufficient amount of restful sleep each night to tackle each day with a rested and clear mind.
Practice Your Skills
Take this unprecedented moment to focus on your favorite hobbies or develop your skills and if you do not have a hobby now is a great time to explore some options to keep your mind and body active and occupied. Whether it be painting, knitting, reading a book, a DIY project, or a new language; take advantage of all of this free time to better yourself and enjoy some of the simpler things in life.
One of the best tools you can use to keep your mind healthy is to keep your body moving and strong. If you have a backyard or patio, go outside to get some sun and maybe a workout or yoga session. If you are not ill, go for a long walk or hike to enjoy some fresh air while getting some exercise.
Being proactive about social distancing and knowing what to expect will help you through this time in a positive and productive manner. Look forward to each day as an opportunity to learn something new and accomplish a new goal.