Eventually the abuse of
drugs/alcohol will lead to health problems for most people. Addiction, problem
use, 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, chronic alcohol abuser and problem drinkers often look
older then their years.
I have gained weight, become bloated and feel like a sack of shit.
My health problems keep getting worse but I'm sick of my doctor telling me to quit drinking.
In addition to physical considerations, including
immunity reduction and substance specific disorders, substance abuse 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 mental health concerns.
While medical intervention can be required to
address the health issues of the long-term addict, consideration should also be
given to the creation of a healthier self-image. Without a shift in identity medical
intervention will not address underlying causes or create new paths of least
resistance is terms of response to triggers, and relapse is likely.