Dangers Of Drug Abuse
“Drugs are bad,” is not necessarily breaking news. But for those trapped in addiction, the negative side effects may not feel as obvious. However, they are a present danger, and occur whether or not an addict recognizes them.
Here are a few of the dangers of drug abuse.
Health Issues, on the body and the brain
As drug abuse continues, psychological and physical dependence grows, its victims sinking deeper and deeper into the quicksand of addiction. Tolerance increases, and so does the danger.
Negative health effects include, but aren’t limited to:
- Heart complications, including heart failure
- Blood-borne disease, like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
- Issues with blood pressure
- Lung damage
- Untreated mental illness
- Impaired judgment
- Learning and memory problems
- Lung damage
Currently, 1 in 4 deaths is attributable to illicit drug use (NIDA). Those with substance abuse problems are more likely to be involved in an accident or obtain unintentional injuries.
Although marijuana is being accepted in more states for recreational use, most drugs remain illegal under federal law. Not only are drugs inherently illegal, the demands of addiction tend to draw in crime.
According to the NADCP, 80% of offenders abuse alcohol or other drugs. In 2004 alone, 17% of state prisoners and 18% of federal inmates said they committed their current offense to obtain money for drugs. Meanwhile, 26% of the victims of violence reported that the offender was using drugs or alcohol (Bureau of Justice).
In addition, legal costs for serious drug offenses can quickly add up to $20,000-$30,000. These costs can rise, especially when approximately 95% of offenders return to drug abuse after release from prison.
Addiction will damage an addict’s relationships. It’s almost a guarantee that both familial and social bonds will be strained.
Marriages can be broken, children can be taken away. Parents often become financially and emotionally drained and friends may distance themselves for safety.
Often, these relationships may be broken beyond repair.
However, all of these dangers can be addressed. A drug addiction is not a life sentence. With the right treatment, life can return to a safe and healthy stasis.
IF YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE IS CURRENTLY SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS – BALBOA HORIZONS CAN HELP INSPIRE CHANGE AND TRANSFORM THEIR LIFE TOWARD THE PATH OF RECOVERY.