Drug addiction can ultimately change people’s lives and not for the better. This is because drug addiction doesn’t just affect a person physically. It can cause them to lose their job, their friends, their family, and everything else.
Some people can manage their life better even having a drug addiction. Usually, that is because they have a better support system than others.
The worst effect of drug addiction is of course on their health. The constant use of drugs can really take its tolls on your body and mind. No one is addicted to drugs who can avoid this issue.
Effects On Physical Health Due To Drug Addiction
Different drugs can have different side effects on the overall health of your body and mind. Some can cause fatigue and lowered blood pressure while others can increase blood pressure or depression.
Some possible effects on physical health include:
- Appetite changes
- Blood pressure changes
- Heart changes
- Heart attacks or stroke
Those are just the side effects that can happen while you are using a drug. They often coincide with the high or crash of the drug use. When you use drugs for a long time and in higher amounts, it can affect your health even if you aren’t using them.
Some long term side effects on physical health include:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Organ decline
- Effects on the nervous system and other body systems
- Skin Lesions
- Hair problems, such as baldness or facial hair in women
- Early death
Effects On Mental Health Due To Drug Addiction
Drug use itself can actually alter your brain chemistry. There are lots of drugs that rely on changing your brain when it comes to the effects or the addiction properties. Many people who have mental health problems might use drugs as a way to manage these mental health issues.
For people who haven’t had an active mental illness yet drug use can actually cause these mental issues to come forward. Drugs can really affect your mood and perception which is the perfect time for mental illness to manifest.
As stated earlier drugs change how your brain works and can rewire it. Becoming dependent on a drug can really screw up your brains reward system. Some people can’t even feel pleasure at all anymore without the help of drugs.
This can overall change whether you can learn, make decisions, judge a situation or even your memory long term.
Physical Damage To Your Health
Many drugs can cause sickness or health problems that can be hard to overcome. Here are some of those issues:
- Dental problems (“meth mouth”) from methamphetamine
- HIV or other infections from sharing drug injection tools
- Overdose from opioids
- Nerve cell damage from inhalants
- Nose bleeds, holes in the nasal septum, and other nasal problems from snorting cocaine
- Collapsed veins from injecting