“‘Drugs are bad,’ is not necessarily breaking news. But for those trapped in addiction, the negative side effects may not feel as obvious. However, they are a present danger, and occur whether or not an addict recognizes them.” Individuals who abuse drugs are negatively affected in different areas of their lives because, addiction adversely leads to outcomes that impact them both personally and socially. The dangers of drug abuse include health issues, legal consequences, and familial/relationship complications.
Drug Abuse Affects One’s Heath Physically and Psychologically.
Individuals who abuse drugs build up a tolerance to the effects, and as a result they become more addicted, leading to more health issues. Physical risks to an individual’s health include heart problems, HIV/AIDS, damage to the lungs, and seizures. Possible psychological consequences include anxiety, poor judgment, impaired memory, and psychosis. Substance abuse also creates a much higher risk of death. The article states that according to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) statistics, approximately one quarter of deaths are due to drug addiction.
Individuals who use drugs are at a high risk of legal consequences that may affect one’s personal life. Many drugs are illegal under federal law, and the charges for serious drug offenses come with very high costs. According to the NADCP, “80% of offenders abuse alcohol or other drugs. In 2004 alone, 17% of state prisoners and 18% of federal inmates said they committed their current offense to obtain money for drugs. Meanwhile, 26% of the victims of violence reported that the offender was using drugs or alcohol (Bureau of Justice).”
Addiction and Relationships
Finally, drug addiction often leads to serious difficulties in social relationships. Family members and friends are affected by the health and legal consequences of drug abuse brought on by the addicted individual. Consequences may include divorce, loss of child custody, and loss of friendships or relationships. To learn more about the consequences of abusing drugs, see the source article at the Balboa Horizons website.
Despite its risks and consequences, drug addiction is a condition that can be addressed and treated. Health professionals, as well as supportive family members or friends, can help one to recover from an addiction. Our goal at Hayver is to help ensure that once someone is on the path to recovery, they stay on that path and have a successful, long-term recovery. Learn more about our platform to help overcome drug and alcohol addiction through monitoring and rewards. Visit our website at www.hayver.com or contact us at info(at)hayver.com.