Physical, Emotional, and Mental Changes Caused by Addiction

Addiction is a disease that attacks all aspects of human psychology and physiology. The consequences of addiction are severe and can cause fatal lung and heart conditions. Addiction affects mental health and can elevate symptoms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Gaining insight into the complex nature of addiction is helpful when developing a treatment plan. Treatment for addiction that focuses on physical, mental, and spiritual wellness simultaneously is effective for recovery.
The physical, emotional, and mental effects of addiction become more noticeable when a person abuses drugs or alcohol. Addiction clouds the clarity of mind and emotion and goes unnoticed by the person who has the substance abuse problem. The brain becomes dependent on the drugs or alcohol to function, which leads to cravings and continued use.
Anyone can become addicted to drugs or alcohol. When drugs or alcohol are consumed, the brain releases a burst of dopamine, which produces a euphoric high and pleasurable feelings. Continued use of drugs or alcohol will develop a level of tolerance. More and more of the substance is consumed to achieve the same effect. A person with an addiction will continue to use more drugs or drink more alcohol despite severe consequences.
Addiction can influence the intensity of underlying mental health conditions. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD worsen with the use of drugs or alcohol. Many people who are battling addiction use drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with stress and escape reality. In treatment, the individual learns how to use other ways to cope instead of reaching for the bottle.
Addiction affects a person’s spirit. A person who struggles with addiction can feel an enormous sense of guilt, helplessness, and loneliness. Holistic treatment encompasses healing for the mind, body, and spirit and helps a person to effectively transition into a healthy, new, sober lifestyle. Addiction is treatable and recovery is possible.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you are not alone. Addiction is isolating and deadly. Do not wait. Get help today.

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