Many of us are aware that drugs are ‘bad’. But what exactly does that mean? How does drug use affect the body? And moreover, how does it affect the mind and behavior for the individual as well?
How Drugs Affect the Body
It is a well-known fact that just about anybody can becoming addicted to a drug if they have been prolonged to use of it for a period of time. The body becomes dependent on the substance simply to be able to create and maintain a chemical balance in the brain which has been altered because of the use.
Physical signs of drug abuse include baggy eyes, dilated pupils, injection or scratching marks, insomnia, mood swings, clenching of the teeth and general disarray of physical appearance. Drugs take a serious toll on the body of the user and it is often easy to spot if someone has been exposed to prolonged use.
How Drugs Affect the Mind
But what drugs do to the mind is the real concern. For those who are predisposed to addiction and have alcoholism, drugs can transform the person into a shadow of their former selves, creating a new identity centered around selfish acts simply to fuel their addiction.
The mind becomes psychologically addicted just as the body becomes physically addicted. Addicts believe they ‘need’ drugs simply to feel and act normal. They will also engage in behavior they otherwise normally would not simply to continue using.
Help For the Disease of Addiction
Drug abuse and addiction can affect almost every system in your body. You probably know that drugs affect feelings and moods, judgment, decision making, learning, and memory. It doesn’t have to get to that point before you are able to seek help for yourself or your loved one.
It is important to remember that addiction is a disease that requires lifelong recovery in order to be successful. For more information about drug use and recovery, call us at (888)357-7577.