When it comes to various types of drugs and how they affect the body, mind, and spirit, the reality is much worse than it may seem.
While seemingly harmless or somewhat innocuous in moderation, the truth is that drugs not only have a huge effect on the physical health of the body, but they also have a negative effect on the emotional and mental health of the body as well.
Drugs affect the user instantly, as well as later down the road, in many different ways. Some of these ways include changes to the motor and brain functioning in the body, physical changes to the skin, teeth, bones, and organs, as well as blood pressure problems and heart rate issues.
Depending on the drug used, the heart rate of the user might slow down or speed up, the motor functioning of the user might worsen, and the blood pressure of the user very likely could skyrocket.
The negative and altering effects of drugs are practically endless, and the worst part of it all is that those who use drugs over a period of time exhibit negative effects from the drug use itself, long after they have stopped using; which is frightening, to say the least.
When most people think of their health and how they are feeling on a day to day basis, they might not immediately think of the times when they did drugs previously, especially if it was many years prior.
But when people engage in drug use, even if it was when they were much younger, they probably didn’t often think of the long withstanding negative effects that they could face in the future from that drug use.
And sadly, there is a large amount of evidence out there that shows just how much drugs actually do affect those that have used, even long after they have stopped using altogether.
But, these long-term effects are often hard to recognize or even test by medical professionals, and, as a result, many of them don’t get documented whatsoever.
Aside from the physical problems that past drug use can uncover, a lot of issues that surround past drug use have a lot to do with mental and emotional problems, including anxiety, depression, social problems, sexual problems, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and even schizophrenia.
Some of these detrimental results from past drug use can last years, decades, and even for a lifetime, depending on the types of drugs that were used, the frequency of their use, and the specific body composition and genetic makeup of each individual in question.
As it goes to show, when it comes to drug use, no one really knows all the problems that they will experience long after they have stopped using.
And for those who don’t show any immediate signs of physical changes or problems occurring from previous drug use, harmful problems from this past drug use could very well spring up in the future.
Since everyone is different and made with a completely different genetic makeup, there is no way to know just how a drug might affect each individual.
Since there is still a lot of mystery surrounding just how harmful drugs are to the body and the mind, the actual results of the negative effects of drug use are probably much worse than many actually realize, especially in terms of mental and emotional problems being uncovered down the road.
While different from illegal drugs, due to its legality, alcohol abuse exhibits much of the same results and negative effects as drugs often do.
Physical changes to the skin, teeth, bones, and organs are commonplace with alcohol abuse, as are problems with motor and brain functioning, as well as changes to the blood pressure rates in the body, and overall heart rate.
But, truth be told, the worst part of alcohol abuse is not necessarily the physical effects it has on the body, but the mental and emotional effects.
For those who might find themselves addicted to alcohol, a majority of these people don’t immediately notice the negative issues surrounding their alcohol abuse, that is, until it is too late.
The reason for this is that since alcohol is not an illegal substance, and not seen as negative in the eyes of the public when taken on a regular basis, alcohol abuse is somewhat easy to hide, and harder to uncover than drug use is.
There is no doubt that illegal drugs have a very negative connotation in this society, whereas alcohol does not, which makes alcohol abuse much harder to spot.
And since a lot of people were raised around alcohol, watching their parents, loved ones, and other trustworthy adults that were in their lives drinking alcohol on a regular basis, many don’t necessarily see alcohol in the same negative light as they would with illegal drug use.
But, the problems that result from alcohol abuse are just as detrimental as they are with drug use.
Alcohol has an extremely depressive effect on the body, which means it lowers the heart rate and slows the brain and motor functioning to a large degree. It also greatly affects short and long-term memory, cuts off oxygen to the brain, and dehydrates the body in a big way.
Alcohol is physically taxing, and the signs of its wear and tear on the body are evident. Even without long-term use, alcohol abuse can and usually is very problematic, especially in regards to sustaining personal relationships and keeping up with important responsibilities.
At the end of the day, alcohol lowers inhibitions and makes individuals more susceptible to negative requests, which means that they might act in a way that is not true to who they are inside, and who they have no intention of wanting to be.
Those who abuse alcohol might also find themselves getting into physical and emotional altercations, due to the negative effects of the alcohol itself.
They might also find themselves being put in dangerous situations since they are not as clear as to what is the healthiest choice that they should be making once they are intoxicated.
This is especially true for women who might encounter problems when they abuse alcohol or become intoxicated, such as putting themselves at risk for rape or unwanted sexual advances.
There is truly no doubt that at the end of the day, alcohol is a drug. It affects the body, mind, and spirit in a multitude of negative ways.
People of all ages, from all different backgrounds, and from all different demographics can and do experience alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse affects all types of people, and that is what truly makes it such a harmful and dangerous substance.
It can make people act in ways that are damaging to their lives, such as family problems, issues at work, self-destructive tendencies, and even personal self-esteem and self-confidence problems.
Just because alcohol is legal does not make it harmless. Alcohol abuse is a very serious problem that often leads to horrible consequences, and it should never be taken lightly.
Another big problem that those who abuse drugs and alcohol face are the infections that they tend to get once intoxicated that are difficult to heal.
Abusing alcohol and drugs puts the body dramatically at risk for contracting various diseases and sicknesses, and it has been shown, time and time again, that those who abuse alcohol and drugs stay sicker for much longer than those who don’t abuse these harmful substances.
Additionally, those who abuse alcohol and drugs also tend to have more infections and are apt to get more diseases than those who don’t abuse alcohol or drugs, and this is due to the effects that these substances have on weakening the immune system in the body.
Also, there is no doubt those who engage in drug use using needles are much more susceptible to contracting infections and diseases that are caused by the needles itself.
It has been shown that death rates from drug use have doubled since the early 1980’s, and this can be found on the website, www.drugabuse.com.
The website also states that alcohol results in 5.2 million accidental injuries and 1.8 million deaths every single year.
According to The World Health Organization, 1 in 4 deaths have been caused by either drug or alcohol abuse, which is alarming, to say the least.
It has been shown that alcohol and drug abuse negatively affects the bowels of the body as well as the heart, which can sometimes even lead to sudden heart attacks.
Drug abuse can result in collapsed veins from where the needles have been injected, as well as infections that occur in the heart valves of the body. Muscle cramping, weakness, and damage to the kidneys and the liver are also negative physical effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
Another issue surrounding drug and alcohol abuse is that many users simply don’t use each substance individually, but instead, use them together.
Abusing alcohol on its own is harmful enough to the body and to the mind, but when alcohol abuse is coupled with drug use, the negative effects dramatically compound.
This is true for alcohol taken in conjunction with cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, amphetamines, such as speed, and even with cannabis (marijuana).
For example, those that abuse alcohol and cocaine at the same time, show an increase in both heart attacks and sudden death.
Cocaine works to increase the effects of the alcohol, which leads to problematic results. According to the website www.drinkingware.co.uk, mixing alcohol and cocaine can be fatal up to 12 hours after it has been taken.
Aside from all of the horrible effects of alcohol abuse, the list above shows just some of the short-term effects alcohol has on the user.
The long-term effects of alcohol abuse are much more problematic and serious than the short-term effects.
According to the website, www.drugfreeworld.org, the long-term effects of alcohol abuse include alcohol poisoning, high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, nerve damage, sexual problems, brain damage, vitamin B1 deficiency, ulcers, gastritis, and even cancer.
One of the biggest problems with alcohol is the fact that it impacts nearly all of the organs in the body in an extremely negative way, whenever it is ingested.
Alcohol passes through and affects the body through the mouth, stomach, circulatory system, brain, kidneys, lungs, and finally, the liver.
According to the website, www.drugs.ie, it has been shown that alcohol abuse may be a major factor in early-onset dementia.
There was a study done between the years 2008 and 2013, and researchers found that heavy drinkers could be three times as likely to develop early-onset dementia, as opposed to non-heavy drinkers.
The study also found that chronic drinking could lead to “permanent structural and permanent brain damage”.
According to The World Health Organization, heavy drinking is referred to as more than 60g (6 drinks) of alcohol per day for men, and more than 40g (4 drinks) of alcohol per day for women.
Aside from the physical effects of drug use, there are also numerous behavioral problems associated with drug use as well.
According to the website www.recoverygateway.org, the behavioral effects of drug use include paranoia, aggressiveness, hallucinations, impaired judgment, impulsiveness, and loss of self-control.
And even more importantly, women who use drugs while they are pregnant can and do experience a whole other set of problematic issues for both themselves and their unborn babies.
All in all, there are so many negative health effects of drug and alcohol abuse that the results are astounding. Poorly affecting the mind, body, and spirit, drug and alcohol abuse is a massive problem that must be taken seriously at all times.
If you or your family member or loved one has proven issues with drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, a good physical examination is in order and a health screening must be considered along with your recovery and treatment program.
The help line and intake councilors at the treatment centers are experts at knowing exactly what to do and what steps to take and they will gladly assist you in obtaining a physical assessment and exam as part of your intake at the treatment center.
The highly trained staff at the Chateau Recovery Treatment Center works every day with the recovery and treatment of drug addicts and alcoholics and will assist you to not only find the best treatment program for you or your loved one but also they will help you with completing a physical assessment.
They have highly trained professionals on staff and will be available to you by phone for a consultation and in all likelihood will be able to assist you in your physical assessment.
To help you find answers to your questions and to learn about your recovery and treatment options, call 888.971.3018 You will be able to speak with an addiction treatment advisor. It’s the place to start.
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