The Results of Drug Addiction

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Drug addiction destroys lives. Ruins friendships. Breaks up families. Kills people. The results of drug addiction are never good. Not for the addict, not for his or her family or community, not for anybody.

Physical Health

Name any drug, and it will have the capacity to do great long-term damage to one's body. Even pure heroin—which was originally designed more than 100 years ago to be as easy for the body to clear as possible and do the least damage—can wreak havoc on the body. It may also encourage the kind of dangerous behavior that can lead a person to use dirty needles and risk becoming infected with the likes of the HIV virus.

Alcohol is horrible on the liver and the stomach. Pills can do incredible damage to the stomach and one's kidneys or liver. Smoking anything—whether it is marijuana, tobacco, or crack—puts toxic, unreliable chemicals into one's lungs and bloodstream. Smoking can also lead to throat and head/neck cancers, and alcohol is associated with that as well. Cocaine can burn a hole through a person's nasal blood vessels. It can lead to cardiovascular disease.

The right drugs—in the proper dosage, under the supervision of a physician—do good things for our physical health. Drugs taken any other way do not. The greatest risk of all is, of course, death.

Relationships

There is a saying in addiction: "Trust is the first thing to go and the last thing to get back."

This is true because all drug addicts—every single one of them—are liars. Drug addicts find they have to lie about a broad variety of things each and every day. They lie to friends, co-workers, loved ones, neighbors, strangers, everybody. Drug addicts are schemers, always scheming to obtain or use drugs. In order to do this and not create any unnecessary drama, they will lie.

Trying to regain the trust lost in drug addiction is one of the hardest obstacles faced by addicts in recovery.

Economics

Drugs cost money. The more you use, the more you abuse, the more you need to buy, the more expensive it becomes. People have been known to sell their vehicles and their homes in the most drastic of circumstances. It's also a reality that some drug addicts—both men and women—turn to prostitution in order to pay for their drug habit.

Opioid addicts can be especially likely to go to any lengths—including crime—to raise the money needed to buy drugs. At that point, it is often not because they want to get high but because they have become so terrified of the withdrawal symptoms that they will do anything to avoid them.

The bottom line: The results of drug addiction are more devastating than are imaginable.

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