No one chooses to be addicted to drugs. While they may have chosen to “try” a drug, becoming an addict isn’t a choice. Drug addiction is a disease, and like many other diseases it actually causes a lot of other issues. To an addict, life without their drug of choice isn’t worth living. The lack of this drug may cause them to feel as if they are drowning, desperate for their next fix. In this post, we will discuss some issues that are commonly associated with drug addiction:
Addicts tend to participate in risky and illegal behavior because their reasoning is clouded by the drugs. They may drive under the influence and wind up with a DUI, or worse, hurt someone. Or they may end up arrested because of possession or the choices that they make while ‘high’.
Drug use causes a variety of medical issues, including:
Drug addiction doesn’t just affect the addict. Unfortunately, many addicts end up making decisions that put a strain in their relationships and end up losing the trust of their family and friends. It can also cause the addict to use his or her family’s money to fund their addiction, causing their family to have financial problems. Drug addiction can also cause an addict to emotionally or physically abuse their family and friends, or remain in an abusive environment even though it is clear that the individual is hurting them mentally or physically.
It should be no surprise that drug addiction causes personal issues. An addict may have had a normal life at one point and perhaps even hid their addiction from the world succesfully, but that can only be temporary. Addicts often end up loosing their jobs, often causing a domino affect where they end up loosing their homes and their transportation as well. Their decisions cause them to damage their relationships with their loved ones, often leading to low self esteem and self worth. Along with the accessive loss of self esteem comes the desire to self harm or commit suicide, especially once they’ve lost everything and feel completely alone.
Addicts tend to do drugs for a prolonged period of time, increasing the amount of drugs they consume, smoke, or inject as their tolerance increases. These drugs can take a toll not only on the body, but also on the mind. Drug addicts often suffer from depression, memory loss, extreme paranoia, anxiety, aggression, and mood swings. Sometimes the drugs can harm the brain to the extent of causing disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
If you or someone you know is an addict, all hope is not lost! There are effective rehabilitation programs that can help! However, the addict has to admit they are an addict and be willing to get help. Understanding and accepting their addiction is important to the recovery process and can help them become motivated to save themselves. Don’t lose hope!