Over 21 Million Americans suffer from some kind of drug addiction, but only 10% of them get themselves treated. When using recreational or prescription drugs, many people end up suffering from substance abuse without even knowing it. Prolonged substance abuse can wreak havoc on you and your loved ones’ lives. If you or your loved ones are suffering from substance abuse, get immediate assistance.
Here’s how a drug or alcohol problem can negatively affect your life.
Drug use deteriorates physical health
The first thing that starts to get affected by substance use is your body. Most drugs release chemicals into your blood that severely impact your organs, nervous system, and brain. Various medications, such as painkillers, have a relaxing effect on your body, so you may not realize their impact on your physical health until it’s too late.
However, prolonged use of abusive substances can lead to various physical health problems, including organ damage, musculoskeletal issues, renal failure, withdrawal symptoms, and many more health consequences.
Drug abuse can lead to mental health issues
Regular use of mood-altering illicit drugs affects your mental health, including stimulants, opioids, sedative-hypnotics, and hallucinogens. Effects of drug use can lead to various mental health problems, including anxiety, chronic depression, insomnia, and paranoia.
Drug and alcohol addiction can break relationships
Drug use is another facet of life that is severely affected by your relationships. They can easily get ruined if your relationships with friends and family or professional relationships with colleagues or family members. Drug addicts often lie and push their loved ones away when they become regular users.
It can be due to various reasons, such as anger issues, violence, avoidance, and much more. Relationships are broken due to substances that often take a lifetime to heal, even with residential inpatient treatment, and it is not the same as before.
Another factor of life that is affected because of addiction is your finances. It is no surprise that drugs and alcohol don’t come cheap. A person drinking alcohol regularly can spend thousands of dollars on it for a month. Street drugs or recreational drugs are also costly.
At first, the addict uses the money they have to buy the abusive substance. Slowly, when that isn’t enough, they can tap into their savings to keep purchasing their choice drugs. Soon, things can get even worse when drug addicts borrow money from people to fund their vices. It can lead them to serious financial troubles at work and in their personal life.
Buying and using street drugs can lead you into legal troubles too. Any acts of violence, theft or cheating can lead to jail time and imprisonment. You may also get involved with the wrong people and turn into suspects for law enforcement.
About Iris Wellness Group/Chattanooga Drug & Alcohol Rehab
If you or your loved ones are struggling 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. Our Tennessee recovery center offers treatments for substance abuse and mental health disorders.