Study Shows That Men Tend to Wait Longer Than Women to Seek Help for Drugs

Study Shows That Men Tend to Wait Longer Than Women to Seek Help for Drugs

A recent U.S. government report shows that the time lapsed between the beginning of substance abuse and the first trip to the doctor for treatment is shorter for women than it is for men.

Researchers studied over 600,000 adults who were admitted for treatment of substance abuse for the very first time in their life and found the average duration of time since the onset of use of drugs or alcohol was 15.6 years. According to the health section in U.S. News, men tended to wait 16.5 years, while women waited 13.8 years to seek treatment for substance abuse.

Researchers also found the median length of time between initial use and initial treatment was the longest when it involved alcohol use, as it was over 20 years before alcohol treatment was sought. Prescription painkillers were the shortest amount of time, with 7.8 years between first use and first seeking help for a drug problem.

Pamela S. Hyde, the administrator of SAMHSA, says the study shows the effects of substance abuse that are very damaging and sometimes have gone undetected or even unacknowledged for years. While time lapses, the damage undermines different aspects of a person’s health and also their well-being. It also affects the lives of those near them.

Hyde explains this is why it is so important to work to prevent the abuse of drugs and alcohol before it begins. If we can identify the root of the problem and get the help needed for people as soon as possible, then the drug abuser and also their friends and family don’t have to go through years of unnecessary suffering

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