Substance abuse and addiction can be devastating for both males and females; however, like most things, it affects each sex differently. Countless research studies have concluded that the manner in which mean use, abuse, and become addicted to drugs or alcohol is much different than the experiences of women. For example, the Gender Difference Research Findings reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse determined that more than 8% of males have used an illegal drug by the age of 12. This study also found that males were much more likely to be presented with opportunities to engage in drug or alcohol use, and that they were also more likely to use drugs more than women, overall. Other difference between male and female substance use and addiction include the following:
- Compared to women, men are far more likely to drink excessively. Furthermore, when men consume excessive amounts of alcohol, they are more likely to engage in dangerous or illegal activities.
- Men are more dependent on drugs than women: roughly 4% of men are substance dependent, while less than 2% of women are drug dependent.
- More men are hospitalized than women as a result of the excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Men are more likely to die as a result of alcohol.
The dangers of drug use by men are also astounding. Males fact multiple problems as a result of substance use, abuse, and addiction, some of which include:
- Drug-related crimes. According to the United States Justice Department Report on Drugs and Crimes, 19% of male prisoners are convicted for drug-related crimes. This statistic does not include the number of crimes that men have committed while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, such as acts of violence, vandalism, and theft.
- Domestic abuse. One of the largest problems that men face when they abuse substances is domestic abuse. According to Domestic Violence Statistics, a man beats a woman while under the influence of drugs or alcohol every 9 seconds in the US.
- Accidents. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and other accidents that are linked to substance use, males are far more likely than women to cause or be involved in accidents.
Given the marked difference in the how substance use, abuse, and addiction affects men and women, it is easy to see why there is a need for men only drug rehab centers.