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Drug Addiction and Physical Health

Drug Addiction and Physical HealthDrug abuse never starts with a person saying, “I want to get addicted.” Addiction slowly takes over a person’s body, affecting every area of life. Many Boise residents have suffered severe physical problems from addiction. Some of the first signs that this pernicious disease has taken control are early physical signs.

Early Effects of Drug Addiction

It can be difficult to tell when experimentation turns to addiction, when pain management develops into drug dependency. Denial comes from an alteration in the reward center of the brain; the part of this vital organ that tells your body, ‘drugs are good’. Feelings of euphoria, well-being and a deep psychological need for the drug will tell Boise residents to keep using drugs. Other early signs of addiction are physical side effects, some of which include the following:

  • Tolerance – needing to increase dosage constantly to get the same effect
  • Taking drugs to relieve/avoid withdrawal symptoms
  • You use when you aren’t planning to and you use more than you intended
  • Using drugs despite potentially harmful effects
  • Bloodshot, glazed, watery, dilated eyes
  • Unusual odors from breath, clothes, body
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Dramatic weight gain/loss
  • Tremors
  • Decline in personal hygiene, grooming habits
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Depression
  • Stress, anxiety
  • Decreased immune system – more susceptible to illnesses
  • Complications from withdrawals

Long-Term Effects of Drug Addiction

The physical and psychological need for a drug can keep Boise residents hooked for a long time. Addiction eventually takes its toll on the body with devastating effects such as the following:

  • Damage or failure of major organs such as the liver, heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, brain and kidneys
  • Destruction of teeth (methamphetamines)
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of feeling
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Chronic depression or anxiety
  • Personality disorders (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia)
  • Seizures/tremors
  • Overdose
  • Death

Signs of Addiction Overdose

Once a drug addiction progresses far enough, overdose is a risk that a true addict takes each time she uses. Tolerance can be built so high that addicts risk lethal doses to obtain euphoria or possibly just a moment of relief from the withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms of overdose include the following:

  • Blue lips
  • Slowed, stopped breathing
  • Irregular, slowed, stopped heart beat
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Convulsions
  • Fainting, coma

Boise residents should call 911 immediately if they recognize any or several of these symptoms.

Why Do I Need Drug Rehabilitation?

Rehab focuses on treating the devastating physical effects of addiction. This improves a person’s self-image and self-esteem, which can give Boise residents the confidence to overcome drug abuse. Medically supervised detox is the first step, followed by therapies that retrain the brain to prevent future relapses. Workshops and educational programs teach recovering addicts how to live healthily and can help Boise addicts improve eating habits and exercise routines. Rehab can help give you back a positive outlook on the future – a future not control by drugs.

Boise Addiction Help

Don’t waste another minute denying a serious problem. If you live in Boise and are struggling with an addiction problem, call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline and let us tell you about all your options. We’re ready to help you overcome an addiction if you’re ready to call.