Drugs and diseases and disorders can run hand- in- hand. Drug use wreaks havoc on the brain and body. A disease or disorder can unintentionally lead to an addiction. Drug use increases the risk of contracting infections, mental disorders, or serious diseases. While using drugs, an addict may not know exactly what they are doing to their body and brain.
There can be a cause and effect relationship between drugs and diseases and disorders. For example, sharing a needling when using drugs intravenously can lead to diseases like Hepatitis C (a serious liver disease) or HIV/ AIDS. There are diseases that require prescriptions that can be extremely addictive. Sometimes, people unintentionally become addicted and begin misusing the drug. Some people with mental disorders go diagnosed and self- medicate to feel better.
Drugs can cause health effects even after just one use. Short-term effects can range from changes in appetite, a noticeable change in mood, high or low blood pressure, heart attack, or overdose. A drug like methamphetamine, or meth, can have immediate short- term problems. Meth creates a false sense of well-being and energy, so a person will tend to push his body faster and further
than it is meant to go. Meth will keep the user awake for days. Using meth causes malnutrition, insomnia, and the user can become extremely aggressive.
Long-term use of any drug can cause serious illnesses and disorders. Different types of drugs can lead to different types of disorders or diseases. Long-term use of alcohol is very dangerous. Drinking too much for a long period of time can cause chronic physical and mental health issues. Heavy drinking can cause or contribute to an assortment of liver disorders or diseases. Chronic alcohol abuse also seriously affects the brain. It can lead to alcohol–induced psychiatric syndromes, such as alcohol-induced depressive disorder, alcohol-induced bipolar disorder, alcohol-induced sleep disorder, and more. In some cases, these disorders can be temporary and can occur after significant intoxication and/or withdrawal.
The effects that drugs have on the brain are very serious. All drugs produce some sort of euphoric effect on the brain. When the drug is administered, the brain releases a massive amount of serotonin. Serotonin is one of the chemicals in the brain that creates the euphoric feeling. Serotonin is released in moderation when you do something that makes you feel good- like exercise. After manually releasing all that serotonin by using drugs, the brain needs time to make more. Without serotonin, you can feel sad or depressed, have low energy, negative thoughts, feel extremely tense and irritable. After chronic drug and alcohol abuse, your brain becomes dependent on that substance to release chemicals like serotonin. This can cause mental illnesses or disorders.
Drug abuse could affect or exasperate an existing mental illness or disorder or result in one. More than half of those that are addicted to drugs have a mental illness or disorder, according to Scholastic. Chronic drug use affect many of the same brain systems that are responsible for mental disorders. What we do know from research is that long-lasting changes in the brain caused by chronic drug abuse may lead to depression, aggression, paranoia, and hallucinations.
Addiction is a disease itself. It is so dangerous because of all the effects it has on the brain, the body, and the lives of the addict and the lives of the people around them.
Addiction is not a life sentence. No one has to stay in the grips of addiction. There is help out there. When getting into recovery, they can help you with so much more than getting clean.
If you or anyone you know needs help call this number- 800-723-7376. There is help for addiction, mental illness, and diseases.