The most damaging and costly epidemic in the United States is substance abuse. Alcoholism and Drug addiction have the potential to irrevocably damage the user. Drugs and alcohol are in fact poison and the use of these substances can cause significant health problems.
The effects that substances have on the mind and body can be devastating. Whether it be liver failure, stroke, or death, there is a very real danger in using and abusing substances.
Naturally, there is a wide variation between substances with regards to risk. One beer does not typically pose the same immediate threat as the intravenous use of street drugs. However, repeated use of any substances can cause health complications, regardless of how benign it may seem initially.
Struggling with Alcohol Abuse
When it comes to alcohol, everyone has different level of tolerance and it is up to the individual to determine what is a healthy amount. For instance, Men are scientifically proven to be able to safely drink more than women.
Long-term overuse of alcohol can lead to liver failure, esophageal corrosion, hallucinations, frontal lobe damage and a host of other physical ailments. For those who struggle with alcoholism the risk to physical well-being is amplified as the individual may have already done extensive physical damage that may become exacerbated.
Alcohol is a depressant. Even a small amount has an effect on the brain and, consequently, a person’s psychological processes. It can cause depression, anxiety and many other emotional and mental disorders.
It is vitally important to know how alcohol affects you and to respond appropriately.
Downward Spiral of Drug Abuse
While the extreme danger of using some drugs is commonly known, drug use of any kind can cause serious health problems.
One of the biggest trends is the abuse of prescription pills. The most commonly abused groups among prescription drugs is opioids, Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants, and amphetamines. Every one of these have a long list of side-effects, ranging from mild to life-threatening, but they all carry one in common – the potential to develop an addiction or chemical dependence.
It is a myth and dangerous misconception that only using one time won’t cause damage. There are plenty of cases where someone tried a drug “just once” and found themselves having to relearn how to walk, read and write. That is, if they were lucky and lived unlike many users. Drugs are inherently dangerous and all it takes is one bad batch to kill.
All illegal drugs carry an extra level of danger as there is no way of predicting what you are actually getting. There are instances of drugs that destroy tissue to such an extent that they literally eat a person from the inside out.
Any drug, by definition, becomes more dangerous when used intravenously. IV Drugs use is more likely to kill; Whether via overdose, due to the increase in potency and potential for miscalculation, or from the spread of lethal illness.
Saying No and Meaning It
The prevalence of drug and alcohol use in the United States is reaching an all-time high. Drugs and alcohol are costing this country more money and causing more suffering than any other disease.
The negative physical and mental side effects of drug and alcohol use should be clearly understood by the person before he or she starts using. If you are planning on picking up, please, know the risks.