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Drug Addiction and Physical Health

Drug Addiction and Physical HealthDrug addiction can seriously damage a person’s health. Most drugs introduce toxins into the body that can directly cause a range of health problems. In addition most drugs alter the “reward center” of the brain, causing users to feel good as long as they are on their drug of choice. This can cause a heavy user to neglect basic health concerns like eating well, leading to malnutrition, which is a common indirect effect of drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction can also cause or aggravate depression which can indirectly affect health. Albuquerque addicts are encouraged to seek help now before any more damage is done.

Physical Effects of Drugs in Albuquerque

Chronic drug use can cause a wide range of health problems depending on the drug in question. Alcohol can damage the brain and most bodily organs. The consequences include chronic digestive problems, hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver and kidney disease. Alcohol consumption can also increase blood pressure and strain heart muscles, putting Albuquerque drinkers at an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Alcoholism can cause erectile dysfunction, interruptions in the menstrual cycle and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in babies born to alcoholic mothers.

Stimulants including cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamine can produce devastating effects on the cardiovascular system, leading to a greatly increased risk of potentially fatal strokes and seizures. In addition, methamphetamine often causes malnutrition and severe dental problems including tooth loss and gum disease.

Opiates include “street drugs” like heroin and morphine as well as prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin and Percodan. Opiates slow the heart rate and respiration and can cause an overdose which may lead to death. Some Albuquerque residents might think that opiates are safer drugs, but they are not.

How Method of Drug Use Impacts Physical Health in Albuquerque Residents

Drugs that are smoked such as marijuana, nicotine and crack can cause serious damage to the lungs resulting in chronic cough, more frequent respiratory illnesses and an increased risk of lung infection and cancer. Drugs that are inhaled or snorted such as cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin can cause loss of the sense of smell as well as respiratory infections and nasal and sinus problems like nose bleeds and a deviated septum.

Any drugs that are injected intravenously, whether opiates like heroin or stimulants like cocaine, can lead to a host of serious health problems. Collapsed veins, infections of the blood vessels and heart valves, liver and kidney disease, and lung diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis are common effects of chronic intravenous drug use. Often street drugs are mixed with substances that do not dissolve in the blood stream, clogging the veins and arteries and resulting in insufficient blood flow to the brain and vital organs. And of course, sharing of needles leads to the transmission of hepatitis B and C as well as HIV/AIDS. Albuquerque addicts run serious risks regardless of the drug in question.

How to Heal Physically from Drug Addiction

The first stage of treatment is detox, which clean drugs from the body. During the recovery process it is important to focus on eating well and getting regular exercise. This can undo many of the negative health effects of drug use, as well as give recovering Albuquerque addicts the physical well-being and mental alertness needed to achieve sobriety.

Drug Addiction Help for Albuquerque Residents

If you or someone you know in Albuquerque wants to get off drugs and restore physical health, we can help. Our helpline is toll free, and we are available 24 hours a day. Call us now, and begin your recovery today.