The Effects of Addiction

A person battling addiction is at risk of severe physical and mental health complications, overdose, and early death. A person can develop an addiction to things other than drugs or alcohol. Some people suffer from an addiction to gambling, gaming, sex, using the Internet, social media, tobacco, caffeine, and much more. All addictions interfere with a person’s ability to live in a productive, healthy way.
Addiction affects a person’s brain chemistry. When a person is suffering with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, the brain is altered and becomes physically dependent on the substances to function. When a person reaches a tolerance level, he or she needs to use more and more of it to achieve the same euphoric feeling they did the first time. Substance abuse affects all organs in the body. Drug and alcohol addiction causes brain damage, heart attacks, liver failure, overdose, and death.
When a person has an addiction to the Internet, he or she spends a lot of time withdrawing from loved ones and lives in seclusion. This affects a person’s relationships, productivity at work, and mental health. All of the person’s time becomes focused on the next time he or she can go online. The person develops relationships with characters in a fantasy world, rather than encounter real-life human connections. This allows the person to escape from reality, stress, and anxiety.
If an individual is addicted to gambling, he or she loses the ability to know when to stop. Gambling becomes the number one priority and is constantly on the person’s mind. He or she might even gamble secretly to avoid shame from family and friends. A person addicted to gambling will not stop spending and thinks of ways to get more money to spend on gambling. The person’s responsibilities are affected by his or her gambling addiction. Relationships, finances, and the person’s career are jeopardized by the gambling problem.
Addiction ruins many lives and can be harmful to a person’s health. If you or a loved one is battling addiction and a mental health condition, get help now. Make today the start of your journey to recovery.

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