The 6 Negative Impacts of Addiction Issues

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Addiction is a mental disorder. It changes the brain. Something has gone inherently wrong in a person when he or she can no longer control himself. If you or your loved one is suffering from addiction, you will have to deal with negative impacts. We will enlist all such impacts here to give you an idea of how your love will be. Knowing the following will help you to, more or less, go out of your way, little by little, to realize that the time to do something is now. The time to stop is now. The time to heal is now. The time to recover is now.

There are many effective addiction coping methods available. You simply need to reach out and ask for help. One search online will lead you to numerous resources and help centers in your area. You can get through this. Do not be scared. Just take things one step at a time. We are with you every step of the way. You can do this! 

Different Things and Activities People Can Get Addicted To

Addiction is not limited to substances like drugs and alcohol. People can also get addicted to the following:

  • food
  • sex
  • work
  • computers
  • gambling
  • nicotine
  • shopping
  • solvents

Symptoms of Addiction

People suffering from addiction will show the following signs: 

  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Absenteeism or tardiness
  • Social dysfunction
  • Neglecting one’s grooming
  • Loss of motivation or energy
  • Spending excessive amounts of money on objects or activity of addiction
  • Obsessing about the next time they could use or experience the object or activity of addiction
  • Worrying immensely about the next source of supply or support for addiction
  • Participating in risky behaviors
  • Stealing
  • Developing tolerance
  • Lying to hide consumption habits
  • Aggression
  • Defensiveness
  • Unable to stop using the object of addiction or participating in the activity of addiction

The 6 Negative Impacts of Addiction Issues

1. Financial Issue

People suffering from addiction will suffer from massive financial losses and financial issues altogether. This will be the case because addiction can get so grave that the person will want to satisfy their urge even if they no longer have the means to do it. People end up being deep in debt. Some even lose their jobs, houses, and personal properties. 

2. Depression

Addiction changes the chemical makeup of the brain. A regular brain that can function well will cease to function and see the sense of living and being if it is suffering from addiction. A person suffering from addiction will feel deeply sad and alone for no reason. He or she can suffer from suicidal thoughts and intense emotional suffering for no reason whatsoever. This is because the brain is already crying for help. 

3. Changes in Mood

As the brain’s make-up is massively restructured when a person is suffering from addiction, moodiness will also be apparent. This is why people suffering from addiction will have a hard time focusing on their work, grooming, and relationships. They will simply be unstable to do things that they were normally able to do so. This is because their brain has been hijacked by chemicals that want nothing but to use their object of addiction or participate in their activity of addiction. 

4. Changes in Social Network

People act differently around people suffering from addiction. This is why it takes a while for people suffering from addiction to ask for help and actually get help. Apart from the fact that they hide it, people are also not adept at dealing with people with addiction issues. Most people who go out of their way to hide their addiction often end up being friends with the wrong crowd that deals in risky behaviours and criminal acts. This is because this is the only crowd that can tolerate them and can enjoy their addiction with them.

5. Diseases

People suffering from addiction are predisposed to have health issues. Studies have shown that they tend to suffer from the following health concerns:

  • stroke
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • lung disease
  • hepatitis B and C

Such diseases are suffered because the body gets affected and damaged during the course of one’s addiction journey. Participation in risky and unhygienic behaviours also greatly injures the body. 

6. Mental Disorders

As addiction is a mental disorder, illnesses of the mind will pop up one by one. A person suffering from addiction can also suffer from the following mental ailments:

  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia 

People Are Ready to Help 

Now is not the time to panic. Now is the time to pause and realize that you are still in control. You can do something about your situation. You are not a hopeless case. So many people have gone through addiction and have survived it. If they can, so can you. 

 

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The first thing that you can do now is to pause. Just pause and see if you can bring yourself to decide to ask for help. It will be very hard but it is something that you need to do. Not just for your loved ones, but for yourself. You are not an island. There are people who care for you. You can reach out and ask for help. You can do this.

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