Addiction marks every area of a person’s life. They end up struggling with mental and physical issues as a result of drinking, using drugs, or some combination of the two. What people don’t consider in recovery is the negative health ramifications of persistent, long-term drug use over time. When people navigate the health consequences of addiction, it can lead to finding some hope and healing for the challenges they face.
The brain is very sensitive to changes in environment as well as what type of food is put into the body. Neurons in the brain are impacted every time a person uses drugs. With repeated use, neurons will eventually die if they are overused. Drugs can mimic brain chemicals, including serotonin and dopamine, which trick the brain into letting them take over. In time, the brain becomes addicted to the substances, leading a person to continue using at higher levels. Other areas impacted include:
- Frontal cortex: center of the brain responsible for growth and development
- Decision-making skills
- Anxiety or mood disorders
- Motor control
Someone who becomes dependent on drugs will not care so much about their appearance, friends, family, or even work at some point. If dependence reaches a low point, they may be sharing needles with others, regardless of knowing their status, and may lose inhibition around sexual promiscuity. Some drugs even promote increased sex drive so that a person is likely to get themselves into tricky situations more often than they would if not impaired. Some physical issues can arise when a person uses drugs for a long period of time, including:
- Heart and lungs
- Arterial diseases
- Stroke risk
Aside from these issues, skin disorders, dental issues, and other ailments are commonly found for people who use drugs or drink alcohol to excess because they are not getting proper nutrients when most of their caloric intake comes from the drugs.
Long after drug use stops, a person can expect to experience negative consequences. The sooner a person seeks support for addiction and dependence, the sooner they will be able to find hope for healing in recovery. Trained physicians and therapists can help people navigate the journey.
The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.