In most cases, people are aware of the physical and emotional consequences of addiction. It’s well known within the general public that addiction can create physical health problems as well as emotional and psychological concerns. For example, physically, addiction can harm vital organs, including the brain. In fact, addiction is considered an illness of the brain, altering the way someone thinks and chooses to behave. Emotionally, addiction can affect the way one feels. Often, with the regular use of a drug a person will continue to feel worse and worse when they are not using. And psychologically, as an addiction worsens, one can experience depression, anxiety, and in severe cases, psychosis. It’s well known that addiction can create illnesses physically and psychologically.
However, there are some other significant consequences that aren’t as talked about as much – although just as real. For instance, addiction can create financial problems. Over time, as one continues to spend their money on alcohol or drugs, he or she might neglect their financial responsibilities. Or they may go further and further into debt in order to pay for their addiction habit. Someone might neglect to pay their rent and monthly bills.
Financial Consequences of Addiction
- Loss of employment
- Foreclosure or the loss of one’s home
- Growing debt
Meanwhile, as financial concerns continue to grow, there can easily be related legal issues. When debts aren’t being paid off, there may be legal consequences. However, that’s not the only way legal issues arise with addiction. There are certain drugs that are highly regulated because of their significant health risks. In fact, some drugs have been banned by local and federal governments in order to protect the well being of others. However, when someone uses illegal substances, there are obvious legal consequences. Furthermore, if someone uses a legal drug in a way other than directed, that too can lead to legal problems.
Legal Consequences of Addiction
- Large fines
- Jail sentences
- Strict community service requirements
- Legal records that make it difficult to find a job
Lastly, there are social consequences to addiction. There are many areas of life where drugs and alcohol use are not welcome. For instance, in the workplace, within family environments, and among friends and acquaintances drinking or drug use is most often not appropriate. Sure, there are times to have a drink and celebrate among friends. But excessive drinking is often frowned upon. Because of this, there may be some social risks to drinking.
Social Consequences of Addiction
- Loss of friendships
- Loss of a relationship / divorce
- Diminished interest in former hobbies and life events
There are many consequences of addiction in addition to the obvious physical and emotional ones. If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs or alcohol, contact a mental health provider today for assistance.