Issues of Drug Addiction

Consequences of Drug AddictionA Cunning and Baffling Disease

There are predictable consequences associated with drug addiction. Unfortunately, those consequences are rarely enough of a motivator to cause the person suffering from addiction to seek addiction treatment.  “Normal” people would ask “why would he/she keep doing those things knowing full well that (insert horrible consequence here)?”  To the addict deeply entrenched in his/her full-blown addiction, the potential for consequences is of very little concern.  The single-minded focus is on using and consequences be damned.

Legal Consequences of Drug Addiction

  • Risky/illegal behaviors
  • DUI (driver license suspension and transportation difficulty)
  • Arrests (fines, probation, arrest records, jail sentences, community service)

Medical Consequences of Drug Addiction

  • Hormone imbalance
  • Fertility issues
  • Liver issues
  • Cancers
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Disease (HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis)
  • Lung disease
  • Periodontal issues

Family Consequences of Drug Addiction

  • Strained relationships
  • Loss of trust
  • Emotional / physical abuse
  • Financial insecurity

Personal Consequences of Drug Addiction

  • Loss of occupation
  • Loss of relationships
  • Loss of transportation
  • Loss of housing
  • Low self esteem/self worth
  • Self harm/suicide

Neurological Consequences of Drug Addiction

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Aggression
  • Mood Swings
  • Paranoia
  • Bipolar (symptoms like or catalyst for)
  • Schizophrenia (symptoms like or catalyst for)