Addiction was once known as a “man’s disease”. It was seen as a problem that men had because of their reputation for going to the bar, frequently getting drunk, and getting aggressive or violent.
However, as the field of drug counseling evolves, not only have experts recognized how men and women experience addiction and recovery differently, they have also uncovered more specifically the needs of men in their experience of substance abuse treatment.
For instance, many men struggle with anger and aggression, and this can be particularly true for those men who also struggle with an addiction. In fact, some men might drink to suppress their anger; while at the same time, drinking for some men might exacerbate their anger. Tending to anger and the ability to manage anger should be a part of substance abuse treatment, particularly exploring how the management of anger can help to sustain long-term sobriety.