What Are the Signs of Drug Abuse in Men?

Men are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction at higher rates than ever before. Stress at work, and at home, is driving men to find other avenues of coping. Stress, trauma, and unaddressed past issues also are precursors to drug abuse. When people understand the signs of drug abuse in men, they are more likely to cope with them effectively and help their loved one find support.

Alcohol Addiction

Men are five times more likely than women to have serious alcohol problems. This is a physically addictive drug that makes it hard to stop drinking. When you mix in emotions, past trauma, and other issues, it is difficult to find a way to stop drinking and start living life in sobriety. Men will exhibit certain signs when they are drinking too much. This can include:

  • Drinking heavily more often
  • Spending time at the bar more often than not
  • Physically craving alcohol
  • Experiencing nausea, anxiety, or other problems after they quit drinking
  • Work issues, including drinking on the job

Even though drinking is cultural and socially acceptable, people who are struggling with alcoholism will drink anywhere, anytime, because they are not able to manage their drinking behavior at a certain point. It becomes like picking up a glass of water and is just something they do regularly enough that it is habitual. Eventually, they will need to seek help for drinking too much if they want to avoid health or relationship complications.

Dependence on Marijuana

Dependence issues can pop up when a person uses marijuana. It is a reliable drug that they come to count on being there for them when they need to cope with what is going on in life. Since marijuana relaxes a person, it helps them deal with stress and anxiety. It is self-medicating, producing calming effects to help them stay focused. This may also result in spending a ton of money. When men become addicted to marijuana, they are likely smoking it every day or close to it, and will have objects in their home for smoking marijuana. Their behavior will change and they will show signs of anxiety or frustration when they cannot smoke.

Treatment Options

Men have several options for treatment of their disorders and substance use challenges. The hardest part is admitting the need for help. This takes time and energy away from work, family, and other commitments to seek support in recovery. Treatment varies depending on the drug, but most facilities treat myriad conditions and help people find hope and healing in the journey of recovery. Counseling alone and in groups, medication-assisted therapy, inpatient, outpatient, and lots of variations in between exist for those who are seeking help. If a loved one is having trouble quitting drugs, there is hope to get better if they are ready to pursue treatment.

The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.