The Effects of Drugs on Your Life

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

The Effects of Drugs on Your Life

Drugs can negatively impact your life in a number of ways. Most people are familiar with the health concerns, but drugs can affect more than just your health. The effects of drugs are financial, psychological and emotional, impacting your happiness, your mental health, and your relationships.

The Effects of Drugs on Your Career

Drugs change the way that you view virtually everything in life. All responsibilities and obligations become less important than your drug use. If you’re focused on finding and using drugs, it’s incredibly hard to place an emphasis on career.

Individuals that habitually use drugs are more likely to be late or even absent for work. They are more likely to be unsafe when on the job, and they are less likely to be productive. In short, it’s hard to get or keep any kind of stable employment when using drugs.

The Physical Effects of Drugs

Some of the most dangerous effects of drug use are physiological. Drug manufacturers often don’t design drugs for long-term use. Regular drug use or abuse can result in an increase in tolerance as well as the development of an addiction.

Using drugs can cause heart problems. Stimulants can speed up the heart rate and increase blood pressure. On the other hand, benzodiazepines can slow down the heart, reducing circulation.

Drugs can also cause respiratory problems and organ failure. They might lead to a smaller appetite, which can cause severe weight loss and malnutrition. Drug use is a serious problem that can negatively impact almost every part of the body.

The Psychological Effect of Drug Use

Drug use can greatly impact your mental health. Often, mental illness is a factor in the development of a drug addiction. Even when it’s not, many drug users develop mental health problems as a result of their drug use.

Drug use is a common link in depression as well as anxiety. In some cases, individuals may develop paranoia or even experience violent, angry outbursts. Additionally, drug use can cause sadness as well as a change in personality or behavior.

Drugs and Relationships

It’s incredibly difficult to maintain relationships when on drugs. Drug use can cause a person to lie, cheat and steal rather than come clean. Even when loved ones want to help, it’s difficult to do so. In short, drugs are a quick way to damage all kinds of relationships.

The Financial Impact of Drug Addiction

Drug addiction can be very expensive. Since higher tolerance is part of drug addiction, the costs of procuring drugs can get higher on a regular basis. Plus, rational thinking goes out the window when a person is using drugs. Together, these factors spell financial ruin for many drug addicts.

Overcoming a Drug Addiction

Fortunately, it’s possible to overcome a drug addiction. It takes professional help, detox and addiction rehab. A variety of substance abuse treatment methods help, just some of which can include:

  • Holistic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Individual talk therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Life skills training

To get drugs out of your life for good, you need resources and support. You can find that, and more, at 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida. Call (866) 319-6126 to start working toward your recovery right away.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.