What is Drug-Induced Osteoporosis?

Drugs can do a lot of damage to people’s bodies and minds. The challenge is fighting back against how addiction impacts people from the inside out. What many people may not realize is the impact drug addiction has on bone density and bone mass over time. Increased bone fragility and risk of fractures are just a few things that may occur as a result of drug use. Learn more about drug-induced osteoporosis and how to find healing in recovery.

What is Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is when bone mass is reduced during the aging process or menopause, but it may also be caused by drug use. Drug-induced osteoporosis may occur from overuse of different types of drugs, including:

  • Thyroid medication
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Opioids

Peak bone mass occurs around age 35 years old. A person who uses drugs prior to this for a sustained period of time. Drinking too much can cause chronic, long-lasting damage to people’s bones, especially when started at a young age. Chronic heavy drinking can impact both bone length and bone mineral content and density for men and women.


People who smoke can impact their heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and other things like the skin, mouth, and stomach. There are many ways nicotine has a negative impact on people’s health, but it also affects bone loss. Sometimes people drink and smoke consistently, which can lead to heavy losses in bone health over time. People who smoke are more likely to lose bone density than those who do not smoke, but the double whammy of smoking and drinking heavily can be really harmful to bone health.

Finding Hope

There is a way to look on the bright side if you are in recovery or thinking about how to boost your bone health following addiction. Some of these may include:

  • Checking prescription medications for side effects on bone health
  • Finding a smoking cessation program to quit smoking
  • Get bone density scans and consult with people who can help find ways nutritionally to boost bone health
  • Give up caffeine, which can have detrimental effects on the bones
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water

Eating a healthy diet of plant-based foods, less carbs and sugar will help a person fight against addiction cravings and support healing in recovery. The key is to finding a place to get help for addiction that supports holistic health from the inside out and sets a person on the path to discovering their best life on the other side of addiction.

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.