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Can Substance Abuse Lead to Other Medical Conditions?

Can Substance Abuse Lead to Other Medical Conditions?

Substance Abuse Can Lead to Depression

Substance abuse effects physical and mental health in a number of different ways. All substances that can get a person high can quickly become psychologically addictive, even if they do not create physical dependence. Individuals suffering from underlying emotional stress, depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues can come to crave any drug, drink, or behavior that gives them relief. This need for relief will often overpower any rational thought and can drive people to do things that can cause severe injury, illness, or even death.

The Effects of Substance Abuse on the Body

The following are just a handful of examples of diseases and ailments caused by the over-use of various intoxicating substances:

  • Nicotine via cigarette or cigar smoking (cancer, lung disease, heart disease, emphysema)
  • Heroin (central nervous system depression, organ failure, brain damage)
  • Alcohol (liver disease, brain damage, tremors, digestive track damage, hepatitis, cancer)
  • Cocaine (heart attack, stroke, sinus damage)
  • Prescription painkillers (tolerance leading to increased pain, dangerously slowed brain or cardiovascular function)

The following conditions can be caused by any kind of substance abuse:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Dangerous weight gain or loss
  • Appetite problems

There are also numerous medical conditions that can come as an indirect result of substance abuse. A person driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may kill or injure himself or others. Many people engage in violent or reckless behavior while intoxicated that can lead to injury.

Mental Effects of Substance Abuse

The negative effects of drug and alcohol abuse are not limited to physical repercussions. In fact, the psychological power of addiction is much harder to overcome than the physical aspects. Substance abuse damages mental health in all of the following ways and more:

  • Continuing to use drugs or alcohol despite obvious negative repercussions
  • Depression with possible suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Impulse control issues may cause a person to become reckless and dangerous to himself or others
  • Blaming others for your addiction or bad behaviors
  • Important relationships are often destroyed, leading to loneliness and isolation

Once the brain learns to cope with frustration, boredom, anger, fear, loneliness or any other negative emotion by getting drunk or high it becomes nearly impossible for that person to find new ways to navigate life.

Successfully Ending Substance Abuse Issues

If you are ready to end your abuse of drugs or alcohol, or if you are concerned about continuing substance abuse by a friend or loved one, please call our toll-free helpline right now. Our intake coordinators are available any time of day or night with immediate, professional, and confidential answers to all of your questions about addiction, health issues, and what it takes to get clean for good. Intoxicants are poisons. Don’t continue to risk your long-term physical or mental health. Call now and let us help you find lasting freedom from life and health-threatening substances.

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