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Facts About Men and Substance Use

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Important Information to Know During Recovery

As part of International Men's Month, North Georgia Recovery Center is taking a look at some key facts about men and substance use. Here are some of the unique challenges men face regarding recovery.

Fact #1: Substance Use is More Common in Men

Men are more likely than women to experience substance use disorders and mental illness. According to research from the Pew Trusts, men are up to twice as likely as women to have problems with drugs or alcohol, and they are also at greater risk for anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Fact #2: Those in Certain Careers Are More Likely to Struggle with Addiction

Men in male-dominated careers, such as construction or law enforcement, are more likely to struggle with addiction. This is thought to be partially due to the stress and pressure that these jobs often entail and the social dynamics of these male-dominated fields.

Fact #3: Men Have a Higher Risk of Overdose

Men are at higher risk of overdose, particularly when using opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. In fact, men are about four times as likely as women to die from a drug overdose.

Fact #4: Men Are Less Likely to Seek Treatment

Men are less likely to seek help for addiction and mental health issues. This can be partly due to social stigma and the belief that men should be tough and “man up” rather than seek treatment for their struggles. However, men can overcome substance use disorders and other mental health challenges with the proper support and resources.

Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Georgia

If you or a man you know is struggling with substance abuse, help is available. North Georgia Recovery Center offers a variety of programs and services specifically designed to support men in their recovery journey.

We understand the unique challenges that men face, and our team of trained professionals is here to help you get on the path to lasting sobriety. To learn more about our services and how we can support you or a loved one, contact us today.