effects of drug abuse

Effects of Drug Abuse

Effects of Drug Abuse

Drug abuse not only affects us physiologically, psychologically, but socially as well.

Common effects of drug abuse on the body include

  • sleep changes
  • decreased memory and cognitive abilities.
  • Abnormal vital signs like respiration, [1]
  • increased heart rate and high blood pressure,
  • chest or lung pain,
  • nausea

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea,
  • stomach pain.
  • Skin can be cool and sweating or hot and dry.
  • Diseases such as hepatitis B or C, or HIV from needle-sharing
  • impotence and more frequent illnesses and frequent hangovers and blackouts.

Psychological drug abuse effects commonly include changes in mood. A person may be anxious, thinking about when they can next use the drug, or depressed due to drug side effects. Aggressiveness or irritability, selfishness hopelessness and lack of pleasure from previously enjoyed activities.

Sadly enough, drug abuse effects our relationships and lifestyle. Abusers choose drugs over all else including family and friends. Because of our bad choices, relationships with family and close friends is often lost. Finally, death the final effect.   A too common occurrence in our day.

[1] Mayo Clinic, Drug Addiction: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-addiction/DS00183

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