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MICHAEL BERGER M.A, LCSW
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  • Drug Abuse in Men: Reasons, Signs, and Treatment

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    Why the Numbers are So High?

    To really understand the impact of addiction on men, it’s important to look at the statistics. Data put out by the Substance Abuse And Mental Health Administration reported that roughly 67% of all substance abuse admissions in the United States are male. It should also be noted that these numbers hold up, regardless of age, sexual preference, or ethnic group.

    But why are these numbers so disproportionately

    high?

    1) Men naturally partake in riskier behaviors. Men tend to be the ones that drive fast, scale buildings, and experiment with illicit drugs.

    2) Men also will turn to drugs to self-medicate their depression and anxiety.

    3) Men don’t typically seek help from a counselor. There is a sense in many men to reach out for help is an act of weakness.

    Drug Addiction: The Signs

    • Drinking or using drugs on a daily basis.
    • Drinking or using drugs alone.
    • Hiding their drug use.
    • One or more DUI.
    • Sudden problems at work or with friend/family relationships.
    • Spending time with new people who seem to be a bad influence.
    • Sudden weight loss or gain.
    • Losing interest in hobbies and other activities.

    Treatment for Drug Addiction

    Rehabilitation for drug addiction is a complex thing. Our loved one will not only have to detox his body to remove every trace of the drug; he’ll also have to commit to therapy to understand the psychological and behavioral reasons behind the drug addiction.

    Therapy can be done one-on-one or in a group setting.

    Joining a support group such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) can offer additional support and personal development.

    If you or a loved one are struggling with drug addiction and would like to explore treatment options, please be in touch with me. My goal is to help you navigate the healing process so you can live a happy and fulfilling life.

     

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