Drug and alcohol use interferes with every aspect of your life and the lives of loved ones. Using drugs or alcohol can cause relationship problems, job loss, financial instability, and serious health complications. Each person who uses drugs or alcohol can be affected in different ways. How a person is affected depends on the drug used, duration of use, family history, and co-occurring mental health conditions.
The effects of addiction
Drug and alcohol use changes brain chemistry. With excessive use, your brain becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, which then develops into an addiction. Addiction takes priority over all responsibilities, creates distance between you and your loved ones, and destroys relationships. Addiction is isolating and can make you withdraw from social interactions. Addiction changes your mood, can inflate symptoms of depression and anxiety, and lead to severe health complications, such as liver failure, heart attack, stroke, and death.
Drug and alcohol use can result in job loss. Frequent absences, coming in late, and a decrease in job productivity can be signs of a substance use disorder or addiction. Sometimes, employers offer assistance for an employee’s treatment.
Finances are impacted by drug and alcohol addiction. All of your savings is spent on buying more substances. Important bills are neglected, and your credit is impacted. Addiction can put you at risk of housing issues. Many people become homeless by spending all of their money on drugs and alcohol.
Health problems due to substance use disorders
Addiction alters physical health and appearance. Different substances can affect your body in different ways. Some can provoke a heart attack or stroke. Others can lead to lung infections, a rapid heartbeat, and an overdose or death. Some drugs cause a lack of appetite, rapid weight loss, weight gain, and liver damage. Drugs and alcohol lead to changes in behavior and coordination.
Drug and alcohol use can cause problems with your mental health. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “As much as substance abuse can increase the risk of, exacerbate, or cause medical conditions, medical disorders can also increase substance abuse as a means of self-medicating symptoms or mental distress associated with the disorder.” Some can make you paranoid, fearful, depressed, and anxious. If you already live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD or other psychological problems, the possibility of addiction increases, and symptoms of mental health disorders can increase due to substance use disorders.
Treatment is available
Addiction is treatable and recovery is possible. If you or a loved one is fighting addiction or a substance use disorder, get help now. Do not let the stigma of addiction prevent you from getting help. Make today the first day of your journey to recovery.
The Fort Worth Recovery umbrella covers medically supervised detox, as well as residential programs for men and women alike. Our programs are abstinence-based and combine a 12-step approach with a strong mental health component, integrating cutting-edge techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, and Motivational Interviewing. For more information or to start your healing journey, please fill out a contact request form and one of our recovery experts will connect with you shortly.