Several Different Reasons
When dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, there are several different reasons to consider seeking help. The long-term and irreversible effects of substance abuse are certainly high on the list. There are several different ways that addiction can have a lasting impact on people’s lives, including:
- Family Effects
The Sooner The Better
This is why it’s always better to get help sooner, when possible. The sooner someone can get help and recover from their substance abuse disorder, the less likely it is to have a serious impact on these areas of their lives. It’s also less likely to cause damage that cannot be undone.
Drug and alcohol abuse can cause many long-term health issues, incurable and terminal diseases, and even lead to overdose and/or death. Heart disease, lung cancer, kidney failure, stomach and digestive issues, and liver damage can all be caused (or made worse) by drug and alcohol abuse. While some effects can be reversed by quitting and getting treated, there are several lasting physical effects.
Drug and alcohol abuse can cause serious and lasting damage to the brain, which is your body’s most important organ. This can lead to learning disabilities and other issues, as well as increased incidence of mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. In addiction recovery, the mental and emotional recovery is almost always the most difficult for people.
Social and Families Effects
The impact on your family and friends is much greater than you might realize. Anyone who loves someone struggling with substance abuse will tell you that no matter how hard they try, it will affect their relationships. Divorce rates are higher, domestic abuse incidents increase, and people isolate themselves or find new “friends” in their substance abuse.
Of course, drug and alcohol abuse can also impact someone’s career or work. From the inability to keep steady employment to forsaking work to use drugs or alcohol, there is so much that can go wrong. People have lost their careers over addiction, among other things. For people who take pride in their professional success, this can be a hard-hitting effect and the damage can’t always be undone.
These are just a few of the ways that alcohol and drug abuse can leave a lasting impact on people’s lives. If you or someone you know is struggling, it’s important to get help as soon as possible to minimize the long-term damage.