The human body consists of organs that function to keep a person alive. These organs need to stay healthy in order to operate and are essential to survival. Drug and alcohol use negatively affects all of them. There is more to addiction than choice and willpower. This is why simply stopping the drug or alcohol use is so hard to do without treatment.
The brain is a multifaceted organ that controls the way you feel, move, and talk. The brain also helps you think, learn, and process information in order to make critical decisions. When a person is addicted to drugs and alcohol, the brain’s function is compromised and it loses the ability to control the body.
According to Dr. Linda Mintle, author of Why Addiction is More Than a Choice, the effects of addiction are “pervasive and long-lasting and help explain why someone doesn’t will his way out of the disease. Addiction involves complex maladaptive learning patterns related to genetics, environment, psychosocial, behavioral and other factors that significantly change the brain” (Mintle, n.d.). The substances that invade the brain disrupt its performance by altering all normal activity.
Drugs and alcohol cause chronic heart problems and diseases that could result in heart attacks, high blood pressure, and an irregular heartbeat. These heart complications could be deadly. It can also contribute to cirrhosis of the liver, cancer, and organ damage or failure. Drug and alcohol use also affects the immune system, which can make a person prone to many diseases and viruses.
Drugs and alcohol not only cause internal changes, but also physical changes. Using drugs and alcohol affects the organs and alters a person’s skin, hair, nails, and overall appearance. Alcohol is a depressant. It slows the body’s function and alters the individual’s mood. Over time, the body builds a tolerance to drugs and alcohol, which causes the brain to think it needs more. That leads to drug and alcohol-related diseases, organ damage, and overdose.
When a person is addicted to drugs and alcohol, the whole body is affected. The brain loses the ability to maintain control and challenges the person to keep using, even when he or she wants to stop. There is good news: recovery is possible. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, get help today.
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