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Hormonal Balance and Prescription Drug Use

Hormonal Balance and Prescription Drug UseHormones are chemicals in the human body that are released by select cells and endocrine glands. Although mostly associated with sexual functioning, hormones affect much more than just reproduction and desire. Endocrine glands are located throughout the body, including the brain, the pancreas, the neck and above the kidneys. The hormones they release are responsible for growth, immune system functioning, metabolism and mood.

How Prescription Drug Addiction Affects Hormonal Balance

Like any other system in the body, the endocrine system and the hormones it releases interact with what the body takes in, whether it is food, alcohol, or drugs. Addiction to prescription drugs can lead to major damage to the body. Side effects of prescription drug abuse include the following:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Pancreatic malfunctioning

The pancreas and the liver both affect hormone functioning, so addiction to prescription drugs can cause hormonal imbalance. Unfortunately, in this scenario, the interplay between hormones and drugs can create an intense cycle of addiction. Extended prescription drug abuse causes hormone imbalance, which can cause mood irregularities. The depression and anxiety produced by the hormone imbalance can serve as an emotional trigger to use drugs. Taking prescription drugs can reduce the anxiety and depression for a time, which in turn, affects the hormonal balance. And so the cycle is created.

How Hormonal Imbalance Affects Prescription Drug Abuse

People can experience hormonal imbalances for a variety of reasons. These reasons can often go unnoticed but initially have nothing to do with drug addiction. Common causes of hormonal imbalance include the following:

  • Birth control pills
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Tumors

This low hormonal balance can cause a person to feel anxious, withdrawn, sad, depressed and unable to sleep. When this occurs, some people may use drugs to alleviate those feelings. While this may ease the negative emotions for a while, eventually they will return. If a person takes prescription drugs too frequently or in increasing amounts to deal with those negative feelings, addiction can occur. Again, the cycle of hormonal imbalance and prescription drug addiction is perpetuated.

Getting Help with Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug addiction is a serious problem, but we can help. You can call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to talk with one of our addiction recovery specialists. We will discuss the symptoms you are experiencing and talk about the best options for your unique situation. Don’t live the life of prescription drug addiction and hormonal imbalance any longer. Call us today.

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