NC Substance Abuse Help: The Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction
Drug abuse and addiction to illicit drugs or prescription pain killers can turn one’s life upside down. They can present a host of problems, including financial, legal, and even medical problems. Also, these problems can even extend well beyond the one doing the drugs.
The reason illicit drugs are so addictive is because they directly or indirectly target the brain's reward system. These chemically-based products flood the brain with dopamine, the neurotransmitter that regulates movement, emotion, cognition, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. But, after the euphoria wanes, the user craves the drug and the feeling it delivers. With each dose, the period of euphoria shortens, resulting in the user taking more of the drug more frequently in order to try and match the initial high. This is when abuse begins to turn into addiction.
Potential Health Effects of Drug Use
Drugs can have a dramatic and negative effect on virtually every organ in the human body. They weaken the immune system, damage the liver and kidneys, collapse veins, cause infections in blood vessels and heart valves, and damage the brain. The chemical by-products being introduced into the body have also been shown to produce global body changes, such as the development of breasts in males. Drug use also causes intense nausea, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain.
Changes in Behavior
Drug use also has a negative effect on the user’s behavior. Once addiction sets in, the user can suffer from extreme paranoia to the point that they will be incredibly aggressive and in some cases, even physically violent. Hallucinations are sometimes experienced and most users will suffer from impaired judgment. It is also not uncommon for someone addicted to drugs to become more impulsive in a negative way, such as being sexually promiscuous in the pursuit of obtaining the drug they crave. Many drug users suffer from broken relationships as a result of their out-of-control behavior or drastic personality shifts.
Financial and Legal Ramifications
Eventually, the drug use will catch up to the individual in the form of financial or legal problems. As the user’s addiction progresses, they may steal money from family, friends, or others in order to finance their habit. Not only will this lead to financial ruin for the user, but it can also bleed over into the financial lives of those they steal from. And, this can result in legal action being taken.
Drug Abuse and Addiction are Treatable – Get Help Today!
If you are suffering from a drug abuse or addiction problem or you know someone who is, help is available. Drug addiction is treatable, but the longer you avoid help, the harder your recovery will be. Don’t risk your health, get help today and start on the road to recovery. Coastal MD’s Healthcare / Anjan Medical is here to help. Call us today at (910) 793-4311 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. We can help you get the treatment you need so you can overcome drug addiction safely and effectively.