Does Addiction Affect Men and Women Differently?

Many people wonder if drug and alcohol addiction is the same for both genders. This is not a simple question, but the answer is that yes, drug and alcohol addiction are different for men and women. This is because drugs and alcohol affect the brains of men and women in different ways. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons men and women have different experiences with addiction as this is definitely a topic that is important to explore.

First of all, men typically will abuse drugs harder and faster than women. This isn’t always the case, but it’s generally something that most people find to be true. In my experience, most women do things like take pills and smoke weed whereas men are more likely to use heroin and cocaine. All of these things are harmful. However, harder drugs can be more addictive and destructive.

Another thing is that typically, men are more likely to sell drugs. Selling drugs tends to carry with it a certain amount of danger, and those who sell drugs often end up in episodes of violence and arrest.

Women also tend to have a lower tolerance for alcohol and other drugs. Generally, this is because women tend to be smaller than men and it doesn’t take as much for a substance to overtake a woman’s body. Therefore, it’s easier for a woman to become chemically dependent on a substance than it is for a man.

Because addiction affects women and men differently, recovery often needs to be approached differently. It’s important if you are a woman who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction that you seek out help specific to women.


Marsha Scott