Substance abuse can ruin your life.
You get it.
But, are you aware of what it does to your body?
Drugs are chemicals, and depending on their structure, can affect your body in different ways.
Some drugs can permanently change your body–long after you’ve stopped taking them.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) points out that drug addiction is a brain disease.
Drugs affect your gene expression and brain circuitry.
This change affects your ability to make conscious decisions which leads to compulsive drug craving, seeking, and use.
Suffering the Physical Consequences of Substance Abuse
According to NIDA, the impact of addiction on our health can be far-reaching. Drug abuse can cause cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and lung disease.
Although these results usually happen when you’ve been using drugs in high doses or for a long time, you can get some of these diseases are one use.
Drug abuse and alcoholism can affect almost every organ in the human body, including:
• Weakening the immune system which increases susceptibility to infections;
• Cardiovascular conditions ranging from abnormal heart rate to heart attacks;
• Injected drugs can cause collapsed veins and diseases in the blood vessels and heart valves;
• Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain;
• Causing liver failure and damage because drugs make it work harder;
• Cause seizures, stroke and widespread, often permanent, brain damage;
• Increases in body temperature, which may impact a variety of health conditions.
Consequences for Others in Substance Abuse
The effects of drug abuse are not limited to the user.
The full extent of the consequences of prenatal drug exposure on a child is not known.
If you’re an addicted expectant mother, you can pass on health problems to your unborn baby.
Taking drugs during pregnancy can increase the chances of your baby having birth defects or be stillborn.
Also, babies born to women who use cocaine or alcohol during their pregnancy are more likely to have altered brain structures.
These changes don’t usually revert until early adolescence.