It’s obvious that drug addiction is not beneficial. But, often times, those struggling with active addiction don’t understand just how dangerous the effects of drug addiction can be. Not only does drug addiction hurt and damage a number of aspects of the individual’s life, but the lives of those who love him or her as well. In this article, we uncover some of the most dangerous effects of drug addiction, which can help families and individuals struggling with addiction to recognize the negative consequences of addiction in their own lives.
While this is one of the most universally known dangers of addiction, it’s the most important. The specific physical effects depend on how long a drug is used and what drug is being used. But, some of the long term physical effects of drug addiction can include:
Those who are just starting down the road of addiction can also expect short term physical effects of drug use including:
According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIH), drug addiction can lead to the development of mental illness. In fact, it’s noted that more than 40% of people who seek help with drug addiction through treatment are considered “dual diagnosis”, which means they struggle with both drug addiction and mental health issues concurrently. Some of the most commonly diagnosed mental health issues in addiction patients include:
Along with how drug addiction affects both mental and physical health, it can also be dangerous to how the body receives proper nutrition. In many cases, drug addiction affects how people:
When it comes to getting and keeping a career, addiction can certainly play a part in negative consequences and eventual job loss. Obviously, the effects of addiction like irresponsible behaviors and erratic sleep schedule can lead to poor decisions in the workplace, lack of effort, and absences/tardiness. Certainly, these behaviors can all lead to job loss. Furthermore, for those struggling with long term addiction, lying, stealing, manipulating employees, and being unmanageable can also lead to job loss.
Sadly, many people who struggle with addiction aren’t aware of the impact their behaviors have on those around them. Specifically, romantic relationships, friendships, and family relationships may all be in jeopardy for someone struggling with addiction. In many cases, those struggling with addiction will try to manipulate those closest to them in order to get what they want. This can come in the form of asking for money, lying about where they are and are going, asking for favors like calling out of work with an excuse for them, and even directly stealing from loved ones. In any case, it’s challenging for loved ones to accept these negative behaviors from someone they care about. And, they often may feel like they have no other choice but to distance themselves from the addicted person. Or, they feel used and hurt to the point where forgiveness isn’t an option. While a person in recovery may be able to ask for forgiveness and work towards repairing damaged relationships, those hurt by someone in active addiction may never be willing to accept what has already happened or a sincere apology.
Fortunately, if you or a loved one is struggling with these effects of drug addiction, hope can be found through treatment. A life free from addiction is possible. But, it’s important for the individual struggling with drug addiction to recognize they need help. If you or a loved one is ready to steer clear of these dangerous effects of drug addiction, Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services can offer the medical and psychological support that’s needed to achieve lasting recovery. Contact us today to tell us more about your story and to begin the journey to healing today.