Addiction is addiction and recovery is recovery. That said, addiction takes twists in people’s lives and manifests itself differently based on many factors. Some of those factors are gender, age, drug used, other mental health issues, environment, socio-economic status, age of first use—and the list goes on.
Let’s start with gender. With addiction, women and men are created equal but different. While equal and different, men and women start using for different reasons, become addicted differently, progress differently, recover differently and relapse for some different reasons.