Negative Effects of Substance Abuse on the Body

by Balboa Horizons | October 5, 2017

Substance abuse is hard on the wallet, the brain, the spirit, and the body. The human body will not sustain the poison of substance abuse. While the high is temporary, the effects can be lasting. The harmful effects of substance abuse overtime can kill. It is imperative if someone who is using drugs that they seek help. Below is of some harmful effects of drug use.

List of Negative Effects of Substance Abuse on the Body

Kidney failure: Prescription drugs, cocaine, heroin, ketamine, inhalants, MDMA, PCP, steroids, and synthetic cannabinoids are all known to cause kidney damage or failure as a result of dehydration, dangerous increases in body temperature, and muscle breakdown. Kidney failure can be fatal and typically requires regular dialysis or transplant. However, acute kidney failure may be reversible.

Elevated liver enzymes: As the first stage of long-term liver damage, this is also the most common form of liver damage, indicating inflammation or damage to cells in the liver. Commonly caused by alcohol, the best thing you can do to lower high liver enzymes is to stop drinking alcohol. Over-the-counter non-prescription drugs can impede liver function and impact liver enzymes.

Liver failure: Liver failure occurs when large parts of the liver become damaged beyond repair and the liver is no longer able to function. Once severe scarring of the liver tissue has taken place, it’s very difficult – if not impossible – to reverse the damage. Alcohol, DXM, heroin, inhalants, and steroids can all lead to liver damage.

Hepatitis C: Is a side effect of drug use. Hepatitis C is a viral liver infection frequently caused by sharing needles. Over time, will lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer, and or liver failure. This is one of the top reasons people get liver transplants.

Respiratory problems: Cocaine, crack (when smoked), DXM, GHB, heroin, inhalants, ketamine, marijuana (when smoked), PCP, prescription opioids are all known to cause respiratory problems. While a heroin overdose can suddenly stop breathing altogether, chronic conditions caused by inhaling drugs use include emphysema and lung cancer.

Get Help for Substance Abuse

Most people don’t need to be convinced drugs are harmful, but a better understanding of how they affect the body is important. Substance abuse is not a life sentence. Many of these can be reversed or improved with proper care, treating the underlying addiction is the best place to start. Balboa Horizons treats substance abuse addiction and helps heal the body from the inside out. Our clinicans are second to none and have extensive experience helping addicts and alcoholics recover.

If you or your loved one is currently suffering from addiction or mental illness Balboa Horizons can help. Call us today for a free assessment over the phone to get you back to your normal life 866-316-4012