Substance abuse, whether drugs or alcohol, can have more negative effects on your life than you might have imagined. While it can cause strains on your family and your job, it can also cause strains internally. Alcoholism and drug abuse can even lead to death, but for some people it could be a slow and painful one.
If you or someone in your family is suffering from addiction it is important to get help. Aside from messing up your family and maybe even causing you to lose your job, here are some other things that could mess up your life, and health, when it comes to substance abuse.
Damage To Internal Organs
Both drugs and alcohol go straight to your liver, and they can damage it beyond repair. Chronic drinkers can suffer from cirrhosis of the liver, which means that the liver begins to die. Normally the liver can heal itself, but the constant work it does to clean toxins in addicts literally kills it.
Once cirrhosis of the liver has set in the only thing to save you is a liver transplant. These substances can pretty much damage every organ in your system over time, and they even get into your bloodstream, which can lead to brain damage.
Change In Mood
Mood and actions can greatly change when it comes to substance abuse. You may become more agitated and angry. It can have a permanent change on your attitude toward life, making you unhappy, which can make the other people you spend time with in your life unhappy as well.
A continued unhappiness can turn into depression. With depression comes the possibility of suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Can Affect Skin Health
While alcohol and drug abuse of any kind can lead to imbalances in your skin, some of them, like heroin, can make an addict pick at their skin incessantly which can cause scarring and infection. Much like stress, drug abuse can cause nervous habits, like nail biting or pulling out your hair.
Some drugs can cause dry skin, and dry patches, and may require extra moisturizers to keep your skin from giving
Drains Energy And Motivation
While some drugs may make you feel motivated when you take them, in the long run, they can drain your energy and make it difficult for you to get to work and take care of your life. You may not have the energy to take care of your children, or even to get up and go to work in the morning.
By getting into rehab and getting off the addictive substances you can win your life and health back. Exchange the need for drugs for working out, which can build up energy. Start eating healthy and your body can start to heal.