Drug addiction not only adversely affects the addicted individual, it can have a detrimental effect on the family and community.
If you or a loved one is fighting a drug addiction, help is available. Call our confidential toll-free Helpline at . There is always someone available to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Signs and Effects of Drug Addiction
Addiction hurts the abuser both mentally and physically, but it also hurts all those who come in contact with the addict. Family, friends and business associates are affected by the behaviors of the drug addicted individual. These behaviors include:
- Mood swings
Those who are abusing drugs become more and more dependent upon them and resort to dangerous methods to support their drug addiction including robbery and prostitution. Drug related crimes cost billions of dollars in treatment, crime prevention and support within the criminal justice system.
Potential Health Issues
Drug addiction can cause health issues with varying degrees of severity. For many people, these issues can turn into life threatening situations. These health issues include:
- Digestive problems
- Respiratory illnesses
- Liver and kidney problems
- Cardiovascular problems
- Neurological problems
If you or someone you know suffers from drug addiction, help is available. Consult with a substance abuse physician or contact a specialist over the phone. Call the Drug Abuse Helpline toll-free at for confidential help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.