Eventually the abuse of drugs/alcohol will lead to health
problems for most people. Addiction, limited stress management and negligent
self care usually go hand in hand. Poor sleeping habits, inadequate nutrition
and hydration, irregular check ups and constant shifts between hyper-aroused
and hypo-aroused states create chemicals that damage the organs of the body.
Alcohol has been linked to a variety of diseases over the
years including anemia, cancer and stroke to name just a few. Besides the
internal ravage long term addicts often look older then their years. In
addition to physical considerations including immunity reduction and substance
specific disorders, addictions plays a role in mental health issues. Many
people use substances to manage anxiety and depression, however, the relief is
short term for most and in fact, exacerbates existing mood challenges.
While medical intervention and treatment is often necessary to
address the health issues of the chronic addict it is also extremely important
that consideration be given to the creation of a healthier self image that will
be accepted by the subconscious mind. Without a shift in identity medical
intervention will not address underlying causes and relapse is likely.