How Does Addiction Affect a Person’s Life?
Addiction not only affects a person’s life but also their loved ones. If you or any of your loved one are struggling with addiction, contact Restoration Recovery or book an appointment online. We have convenient location to serve you in Chattanooga TN.
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While there are no specific types of drug abuse, nor are there forms of addictions that differ from another, many different drugs and medications can be abused. These drugs may be legal or prescribed, most notable are opioids used for pain relief. This includes morphine, hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), etc. Alcohol and nicotine are also highly addictive substances that are legally distributed. Addiction may also occur with illegal drugs, such as cocaine and heroin.
Sobriety is not a linear process, and one case of addiction recovery will not look like another. Even after active addiction has halted, recovery is a lifetime process as this disease cannot be cured, and there is always the possibility of relapse. That said, detoxification from a drug can take several days to weeks.
Addiction affects nearly every aspect of a person’s life: physical health, mental health, education, occupation, relationships, finances, shelter, etc. Physically, abuse of any substance, whether it be drugs or alcohol, can cause severe damage to the body’s organs and decrease their ability to function correctly. For example, excessive long-term consumption of alcohol can lead to a condition termed cirrhosis, in which the liver is severely scarred due to continuous attempts to repair itself. One of the liver’s many functions is to filter toxic substances from the blood, such as alcohol, and break it down. Over many years, this process results in tissue damage.
Every drug has its own set of physical effects. Mentally, many alterations occur, and mental illnesses will likely worsen or develop. Though drug dependency refers to the body’s chemical needs, emotional dependency is very much an issue. Drug abusers often find sobriety to be drab and will seek out a “good” feeling again. Further, patients may fear becoming sober, as they do not feel “normal” without intoxication. Addiction leads to high dropout and unemployment rates, as addiction often disallows you to meet expectations as an employee or student.
Between the money spent on satisfying addiction and the lack of employment income, finances are stressful, chaotic, and unreliable. Some patients struggling with addiction may also experience homelessness, as they cannot afford shelter. Additionally, relationships with family, friends, and partners are unsteady because of a combination of the aforementioned factors and the lack of emotional awareness and control seen in drug addiction.
It can be challenging to see a loved one experience drug addiction and struggle with recovery, and you may especially feel useless and unable to help them. You must understand that addiction is a seriously complex disease that requires a lot of support and resources. Even if your loved one wants to become sober, they may not have the capability to do so independently.
Understandably, one person’s addiction will have a ripple effect on their social circles and can impact their friends and family. Counseling services are often the best choice for those close to an addict, as it allows you to express your feelings and thoughts and learn how to handle these trying situations better. Services can be offered one on one, with a counselor or therapist, or in a group with a mental health advisory leader and peers experiencing a similar situation. Many community support groups are meant for those who have a loved one dealing with addiction and can provide you with the exact help you need.
If your loved one is a parent or child, you may find family counseling to be supportive as you can discuss issues within the family dynamic. Likewise, if your spouse is experiencing addiction, you may be eligible for couples counseling.
At Restoration Recovery addiction treatment center, our exceptional health care team is here to walk you through your recovery process and optimize your quality of life. We offer a wide range of services and several resources to meet all of our needs and restore your health, both physically and mentally.
If you are struggling with substance abuse, please, do not hesitate to contact our office to be seen as soon as possible. Appointments can be made both online and by phone; we are eager to hear from you and are prepared to guide you through recovery. We serve patients from Chattanooga TN, Fairmount TN, Walden TN, Harrison TN, Middle Valley TN, Signal Mountain, TN and surrounding areas.