It used to be that addiction was seen as a behavioral or even a moral affliction. At the time, people who suffered from substance abuse disorders — who would be provided with clinical treatment options today — were written-off as bad people, relegated to asylums or convents and essentially left to their own devices.
With years of in-depth research and study at our disposal, we have the benefit of a more comprehensive and accurate conception of addiction. Whereas it used to be seen as a moral problem, addiction is now known to be a brain disease, characterized by chronic relapsing behavior and resulting from extended periods of habitual substance abuse.
Most diseases are either physical or psychological, but addiction is unique because, in spite of technically being classified as a brain disease, addiction has features of both physical and psychological disorders, which has historically made it very difficult to treat. Fortunately, there are numerous effective treatment options available for individuals suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction today.
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Men & Substance Abuse: Not a Small Difference
When we think of substance abuse and addiction, we don’t often think about gender differences. Instead, discussions of gender differences tend to revolve around social expectations, norms, and gender roles; women are feminine nurturers while men are masculine breadwinners and that’s all there is to it, right?
Actually, gender differences extend far beyond the obvious social implications. When you consider some of the fundamental biological differences between men and women, you remember that men tend to be larger from a physical perspective while women are generally smaller. Obviously, body mass would be a consideration when it comes to substance abuse, but even the psychological differences have importance. For example, women tend to be more communicative and expressive with their emotions while men have historically had poorer communication and tend to “bottle,” or repress, their emotions. Thus, at least when it comes to the emotional cues for substance abuse, we can expect the circumstances that lead to addiction in men and women to be a bit difference.
Research has shown us a number of key differences between men and women with regard to the development and experience of substance abuse problems. In particular, studies have found that men tend to begin abusing substances at a much younger age than their female counterparts. Additionally, men have shown to abuse mind-altering substances with greater frequency, even taking larger amounts in a single dose than a female would take in a sitting. As well, research has shown that men are noticeable more likely to abuse alcohol and tobacco than females with the latter being more inclined to abuse prescription drugs.