substance abuse

Abusing drugs and alcohol can impact every part of your life. You will become immediately familiar with the emotional and mental toll of substance abuse. However, misusing drugs can also affect your ability to get the right medicine if you ever become sick. When you misuse drugs, you may experience side effects associated with overdosage or under dosage. There are also other effects that may occur.

America’s Rehab Campuses provides alcohol and drug treatment programs to help alleviate the physical, mental and emotional effects and put you on the road to recovery. We have put together this brief overview of five impacts of drug misuse.

1. Overdosage

With overdose deaths up by 15% in 2022, it’s more important than ever to address the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. When you abuse certain drugs, such as opioids or amphetamines, you can reduce the effect of a prescription medication. In this case, you may need to take more medicine. However, taking too much could result in an overdose, ranging from mild physical symptoms to fatality.

2. Under-dosage

This may seem like an odd addition to the list. However, if you don’t take prescribed medication associated with your recovery or an illness, you also put your health at risk. Microorganisms that cause illness can still thrive if you don’t have enough medicine to put them in check. This can result in severe illness or even death.

3. Drug Resistance

If you treat your body to a smorgasbord of illicit drugs, you can create a situation called drug resistance. Drug resistance is already a huge issue in hospitals and other facilities that treat very sick patients. If your body builds up a tolerance for a drug, you could face the same issue. Because substance use disorders typically involve taking increasingly high doses, those with alcohol or drug addictions are prone to this condition.

4. Potentiating Disease

Under normal circumstances, your body is teaming with billions of microorganisms that don’t make you sick. However, under the right circumstances, these harmless organisms can generate disease resistance to antibiotics. If your body has already built up a drug tolerance, you could be at an increased risk for this complication.

5. Drug Reaction

Doctors often have to use trial and error to develop the right drug mix to treat various illnesses. By introducing other drugs into your body, you can reduce the effectiveness of prescribed medications. Potential side effects include asthma attacks, diarrhea, inflicted shock, deafness, tendonitis, and nausea, to name a few.

Consult with both a physician and your therapist regarding any prescription medication assigned during or after your recovery. It’s important to keep your body clean to promote healing and help reverse some of the negative impacts of alcohol and drug abuse on your health.

Of course, these are just some ways that drugs and alcohol can impact your body’s reaction to prescribed medications. Other impacts of drug abuse include a link to deteriorating mental health. So, it’s important to find a treatment facility that takes all these factors into account, including offering dual diagnosis treatment for those with an addiction and mental health issues.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Arizona

America’s Rehab Campuses offers upscale accommodations to help participants stay comfortable throughout their drug or alcohol rehab. Our thoughtfully designed rehab center in Arizona is fully staffed with therapists and medical personnel who help safeguard your well-being. Choose from inpatient or outpatient treatment programs that fit your needs.

Contact us today to speak with an admissions team member regarding the benefits of choosing recovery. You may feel that your addiction has taken away all your choices, but nothing could be further from the truth. Let us help you find your way back from this debilitating disease.