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Drug Abuse: The Dangers of Illegal Drug Use

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Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Mohsin Ali, MD

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Mohsin Ali, MD

Dr. Mohsin Ali MD is board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Trained in Syracuse NY, he has worked in Tennessee for the last sixteen years.

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According to CDC, there was a 13% increase in the use of illicit drugs after the pandemic in the US. Researchers predict this surge was a way to cope with the effects of the pandemic. Most illegal drugs like cocaine, opium, and marijuana tempt people due to their impact on the body and mind. However, one must not forget the dangers of using drugs that lurk under the shadows. 

Read on to know the dangers of illegal drug use: 

It hurts you physically

No matter the substance you use, it can significantly deteriorate your body. Depending on the drug, you can develop various cardiovascular diseases, various increased risks in types of cancers, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, organ failures, and much more. If not treated immediately, all these problems can quickly turn fatal with many health consequences. 


While other health issues happen over time and can be treated, overdose can kill you within a few minutes. Overdose is taking an excessive amount of the drug you use or taking a combination of drugs that react adversely with each other. In such situations, you cannot survive without immediate medical attention.  

It hurts your professional life

No matter the choice of drug, if you have drug abuse habits, you will find it difficult to land and keep a job. Not having a job can adversely affect your finances, social relationships, and family life. 

It hurts your mental health

Your mental health also deteriorates significantly by using illicit drugs. Long-term use can lead to mental health issues such as depression, severe anxiety, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, and insomnia. If you already suffer from these mental issues, drug use often exacerbates these. 

It hurts your finances

There is no denying that drugs cost a lot, and if you develop a drug addiction to them, you won’t stop using them just because you don’t have money. You will borrow money or tap into your savings till they are exhausted to buy drugs. Combine that with losing your job and you can end up in deep financial trouble. 

It hurts your relationships

Drug abuse brings significant behavioral changes that can push away many people. Whether it is your friends, family, or romantic partners, they can leave you due to your rash behavior and inability to stop using drugs. 

It hurts your community

With illicit drug abuse, people can lose a sense of right and wrong. They can do illegal activities such as theft, robbery, assault, and much more to get drugs or while under their influence. It can lead you into legal trouble and disrupt the peace and calm of the community you are a part of. 

About Iris Wellness Group/Chattanooga Drug & Alcohol Rehab

If you or your loved ones struggle with drug abuse, Iris Wellness Group will help you. We believe ‌ everyone deserves a second chance, and finances should stop no one from getting medical help. So we accept most major insurances. We offer treatments for all kinds of substance abuse and mental health disorders. You can reach us at 423-541-0656 or fill out our contact form to learn more about our drug rehab centers in Chattanooga, TN. Get your free insurance verification here.

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