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Effects of Long-term Drug Use

Effects of Long-term Drug UseThe longer you allow a drug addiction to continue the more difficult it will be to stop using. Drug use will eventually affect all areas of your life in Boise.

Reasons Boise Residents Continue Using Drugs

The reason drug use begins can be the same reason addiction continues. Many people experiencing chronic pain after an illness or injury turn to drugs to ease their pain. Others use drugs to self-medicate mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Still others use drugs to escape from traumatic or abusive situations or memories. These reasons are coupled with physical tolerance and psychological dependency, and they pressure a person into continued abuse. Many addicts feel they have to continue using drugs to function in Boise on a daily basis. Trying to retain a sense of normalcy and prevent withdrawal symptoms may lead a person to abuse drugs for a long period of time.

Physical Effects of Drug Use

Drug use or abuse can lead to the following in Boise residents:

  • Heart beat irregularities, heart disease, heart attack
  • Seizures or tremors
  • Coma
  • Death
  • Cognitive problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • Lung damage or failure
  • Memory impairment
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Liver disease, problems or failure
  • Cancer
  • Destroyed nasal or throat walls
  • Skin disorders
  • Nervous system damage

Financial and Legal Effects of Drug Use in Boise

When addiction begins to take control, a person using drugs begins taking more risks. You may find yourself borrowing money to pay for drugs or to buy necessities you have neglected in order to spend more on your addiction. Stealing, “doctor shopping,” lying or other illegal behavior to obtain more drugs can land you in severe financial and legal trouble.

Emotional and Mental Effects of Drug Use in Boise

Addiction is considered a chronic disease of the brain because of its drastic effects on this vital organ. Your emotions and other mental processes are directly affected by the chemicals in drugs. At first the mood swings and behavioral changes may seem manageable, but the emotional and mental effects of drug use can lead to permanent personality changes such as chronic depression, paranoia, irrationality and psychosis. Strong drugs such as hallucinogens can lead to flashbacks years after drug use has ended.

Effects of Drug Use on Relationships in Boise

One of the worst effects of drugs on the life of a Boise resident is the impact on relationships. Addiction can drive away your loved ones and leave you with no one to turn to. Not having your family and friends for support may feel hopeless, but this is what rehab is for. Rehab will separate you from your addiction and give you the chance to grow closer to your family and friends. Rehab offers a fresh start, as detox, medical attention, psychotherapy and family counseling work together to treat all aspects of addiction.

Boise Residents Can End Drug Use Today

Don’t wait to call our toll-free helpline, available 24 hours a day, for more information about drug use and healing from its effects. We are here to provide the resources you need for a full and lasting recovery. Call now.