The Other Dangers of Addiction
While it’s widely understood and accepted that drug addiction has a host of physical symptoms, the social and financial aspects of drug addiction tend to be overshadowed by the intense and often deadly physical side of the disease.
Those who love and support addicted individuals often have a difficult time continuing to love and support them. Romantic relationships can become unstable, and abusive. There are many who understand that investing trust into a person living with addiction is risky, and a person living with addiction also has to face the enormous cost of a dangerous habit.
You’ll Lose Your Money
If a person could see the lump sum of money that they will spend on an addiction in one place, it is entirely possible that the rate of addiction, especially to expensive and extremely dangerous narcotics, would drop.
The long-term cost of addiction can be measured in many equally devastating ways, but the outright financial investment in the drug or drugs of choice rarely manifests as a reason for a person to discontinue use, or to never try the drugs. Since each type of drug (alcohol, cigarettes, illicit drugs, and narcotics) are a multi-billion-dollar industry in their own right, the amount of money paid just to obtain drugs is very high. The other financial penalties of drug addiction go far beyond what could be several thousand dollars a month of use of the drug.
Even after recovery, car, life, and health insurance premiums tend to rise for people with a history of drug addiction. If a person receives a DUI, or is arrested for use of illegal drugs, the cost of attorney’s fees and court fees are high, even in states with a low cost of living. Jail time is a strong possibility for anyone abusing drugs or alcohol, and jail comes with costs.
If money is constantly leaving your account, and accounts become overdrawn, a person’s credit rating can drop, which makes financial institutions wary of lending to them, or allowing them to have bank accounts. This can make buying or renting a home difficult, and can negatively affect a person’s job performance.
You May Lose Your Job
Like the financial aspect, it is rare that the effect on one’s work is taken into consideration when someone is trying or using highly addictive drugs. As a person begins to be affected by their drug use, a pattern of tardies or absences from work may emerge.
It’s worth pointing out an important aspect of drug use and drug culture in the United States: there are some circles of people who work together, and will use drugs together, too. While this may seem strange, it can be a frequent occurrence in high-pressure, high-earning industries.
In these scenarios, drugs can be readily available at social events, and are just as able to get a person addicted as they are if a person is simply trying the drugs alone. With tiredness, loss of interest in activities and falling short of responsibilities are typical symptoms of drug addiction, all of this will negatively affect a person’s job.
If a person living with a drug addiction loses their job, everything else can be compromised. People living with drug addictions have lost their jobs, their homes, their cars, and their children. As a body suffers under the weight and seeming necessity of drug use, interpersonal relationships at work and at home fall victim to the effects of drug addiction.
You May Lose Your Significant Other
Drug addiction makes everything harder at home. A person living with their parents may present a challenge that the parents aren’t able to overcome. Spouses and significant others can be left bereft, confused, and unsure of what to do to assist the person that they love.
Many spouses are kind and supportive when the person that they love has fallen victim to drug addiction. Many others, though, succumb to the strain of trying to help an addicted significant other, and it overwhelms them.
Drug and alcohol abuse has caused many divorces and ended many romantic relationships. The number of divorces caused by addiction to drugs and alcohol isn’t clear, but with millions of people living with addictions to drugs and alcohol who also have significant others, it is difficult to deny a correlation.
Drugs and alcohol, though, aren’t the only things to which people can become addicted, and can destroy marriages and relationships: addictions to gambling and pornography have also had extremely negative consequences on marriages, and end many relationships.
When drug addiction comes home, though, there is also another, worse outcome: codependency. While codependency itself is dangerous, a codependent couple who uses drugs together can be worse. A sense of community and camaraderie can exist in communities of drug-addicted people, and a couple that uses together may keep using for as long as a they are together, and beyond.
Your Reputation Will Suffer
What else could be negatively affected by drugs and alcohol? A person’s reputation. The side effects of drug addiction may pale in comparison to long-term physical, psychological, and sometimes neurological effects of drug addiction. Extended use of some illicit drugs can literally alter the shape of your brain.
Other long-term effects of extended use of addictive drugs include changes in hormones, and sustained damage to skin, hair, and teeth. People who successfully complete rehabilitation are vulnerable to relapse, and often do. With some drugs, the addiction can be so strong that a person develops an entire psychosis surrounding constant use of the drug, and this happens frequently.
As a person living with a drug addiction moves through their daily life, excessive partying, mood swings, erratic behavior and unexplained tiredness, jaundice, and bloodshot eyes can communicate to people at home, at work, and in the community that a person is having serious issues with drugs, and isolate the person in need of help.
If a person turns to stealing to support a drug habit, trust in the individual plummets, and they may become isolated from their communities. This puts a drug-addicted person in an even more precarious position – isolated from their community, and dealing with an overpowering craving.
While stories of recovery from drug use are popular because of their positive outcomes and hope, not every story of drug addiction ends well. For many people, drugs take over their lives, and cause them to push away loved ones, and spiral out of control. Even with the worst cases of addiction, recovery is still possible. Contact Arizona Addiction Rehabilitation Center to save a life.