The Effects of Drug Use and Abuse

effects of drug abuse

The long term effects of use of drugs results in physical ramifications, guilt, remorese, sexual activity, dropping out os school, problem behaviors, depression, suicide and delinquency.

  • Physical Ramifications

Physical effects of drug abuse and addiction include dry skin, chronic sore throat, live and pancreas diseas, amother others.  In addition t the risk of overdose fot he abuser and the tragic consequences of drug use for expectatnt mothers and their babies.  The drug abuser faces such physical ramifications as leukemia, heart attack, infertility, tissue damage and malnutrition.

Leukemia – Marijuana use raises the risk of nonlumphoblastic leukemia by eleven times.

Heart Attack – Even small amount of shabu can decrease blood flow tot he heart, increasing the rsik of a heart attack.

Infertitily – Long term use of shabu may be a major contributor to infertility in men.

Tissue Damage – Inhalants destroy brain cells and damage tissue.  Shabu is among the drugs that causes long term lung damage, leading to emphysema.

Malnutrition – Use of certain drugs such as shabu results in the loss of appetite, insomnia which sometimes results in malnutrition.  

  • Guilt, Shame and Remorse

A drug user and/or addict will often experience feeling of guilt, shame and reorse.  REgarless of how vehemently a drug abuser or adict may explain or defent his behavior, he will be often hanted by feelings of inner guilt (an inner response to a wrong act), shame (a feeling of regret for the harm the person has caused something or someone else).  Such feeling may lead to repentance  –  or to despair and more abuse.

  • Sexual Activity

There is a correlation between drug use among youth and teen sexual activity.  The risk of engaging in sexual intercourse is highly dependedn on one’s drug use status.  Among those who are sexually active, the frequency of sexual intercourse is consistently higher for those  who are involved in drug use.

  • Dropping Out of School

There is a correlation between drug use and school drop out.  Both male and female drop outs have more serious and frequent involvement in drug abuse.

  • Problem Behaviors

Adoloscent behavior chemical dependency syndrome is a condition that may include indreased defiance towards parents, rejection of parental values, decline in shcool achievement, truancy, compulsivness, depression and hyperactivity.

  • Depression

While drug use is often caused by depression, depression can also be a result of drug abuse.  The mood chages induced by the drug can lead to a severe and prolonged depression that, heightened by the effects of the drug and or withdrawal from the drug, can provike  an almost unimaginably deep depression.

  • Suicide

The depression and despair that often accompany drug use can lead to suicidal thoughts, threats and actions.  Chemical abuse is a major contributor to adoleschent morality (drunk-driving fatalities and suicides).

  • Delinquency

Drug use and abuse often breeds delinquency and criminality, not only among adults byt among youth as well.

The Effects of Drug Use and Abuse

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