The Many Health Consequences of Drug Abuse

Substance Abuse Come With Countless Ramifications

Those who are addicted to drugs often underestimate the health consequence of both short-term and long-term drug abuse. The reality is that drug use takes a devastating toll on all aspects of your health and some of the consequences of drug abuse are irreversible. There is a misconception that prescriptions drugs pose no harm to our health due to the fact that they are doctor-prescribed. The truth is that abusing a controlled substance of any sort, whether legal or illicit, has the potential for life-threatening consequences.

Some of the serious side effects of drug addiction and drug abuse are:

  • A weakened immune system which puts the individual at an increased risk of getting sick
  • At risk for heart conditions such as heart attack
  • Weight loss and decreased appetite
  • Liver and lung damage and disease
  • Brain damage
  • Memory issues
  • Death by overdose

Unfortunately, in too many instances, individuals lose their life as a result of their drug habit. Recent statistics suggest that nearly 90 individuals across the U.S. die each day as a result of a drug overdose. Without proper help, individuals will continue to lose their lives as a result of potent illicit drugs.

Effects of Drug Abuse on the Brain

When an individual takes drugs, it affects the reward circuit in the brain which can change our moods, how we feel and our emotions. Dopamine begins to flood the brain and the individual experiences an overwhelming feeling of pleasure, also known as being ‘high’.

When an individual continuously takes drugs to feel its euphoric effects, they begin to build up a tolerance. This means that they will require an increased amount of the drug in order to feel its effects. This is very dangerous as the individual can easily overdose trying to get high.

As soon as the high wears away, the individual may endure feelings of complete depression and anxiety and can even develop a mental illness. Their brain can no longer naturally produce enough dopamine for them to feel content or happy. This is why the disease of addiction is such a powerful one; as soon as your body and mind are ‘hooked’, the disease will control every aspect of your life.

Getting Addiction Treatment

It’s important that if you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction, that you get the appropriate help right away. The longer that you wait to receive help, the worse your addiction will get. It’s important to remember that a life of addiction is one that will rob you of everything from your family and friends to your career and your home. You will be left with nothing if you continue down the dangerous road of substance abuse and addiction.

Whether you require inpatient or outpatient treatment, it’s imperative that you seek help immediately. There is a promising life that is outside of the vicious cycle of substance abuse. The sooner you get help, the sooner you will be able to enjoy a substance-free life.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.