The effects of drugs on your health can be devastating as well as far-reaching. This is especially true when drugs are used frequently and in large portions, resulting in an addiction to the substance. Relationships usually become strained when drugs are involved. Your physical, as well as mental health, can become severely affected when you use drugs.
Mental health can be negatively affected by internal influences (thoughts) as well as external influences such as drugs. Mood is generally affected with the use of psychoactive drugs like heroin, alcohol and ecstasy. Many users may like the idea of controlling their moods — to dampen emotions or arouse others – with the use of drugs. However, the drugs in this case make changes in the brain, which can and usually results in long-term and/or chronic mental health issues. These include, and are not limited to:
• Non-interest in daily living
• Violent thoughts
• Hallucinations & paranoia
Some of the outcomes of drug use on physical health are also manifested in the brain. The function of the brain changes resulting in the way the body responds to the messages from the brain. Excessive weight loss or weight gain can result from drug use. The use of drugs can lead to several chronic illnesses and other negative effects. These include, and are not limited to:
• Respiratory issues
• Damage to the brain, liver, kidney
• Heart attack, stroke, seizure
• Contraction of life-threatening diseases such as HIV
A lot of current drug addicts start using the substance as a means to cope with pain or life stresses. When the individual finds that the substance works, even for a short period of time, a craving for the drug is developed. At this point, the individual becomes obsessed with getting and using this drug and everyone and everything else is ignored or excluded.