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The effects of drugs and alcohol on individuals and families include economic and social consequences, as people lose productivity, increase household expenditure and drain law enforcement resources. Substance abuse, both drugs and alcohol, can cause severe strain on families and lead individuals into downward spirals. Knowing when and how to seek help is the first step towards recovery and regaining control of your life. 

 

Understanding The Effects Of Drug Abuse

Drug use can complicate your life in unexpected ways and while many people may think they have their levels of consumption under control, in most cases, the drugs tend to control the individual. There are treatments available for drug addiction, whether you are addicted to illegal or prescription drugs. 

You may be addicted or dependent on drugs if you

  • Feel like you can’t cope without the substance
  • Withdraw from friends and family, or people who don’t use drugs
  • Use drugs as a coping mechanism for daily life
  • Steal or sell personal items to buy drugs
  • Experience mental health problems like depression or anxiety
  • Experience weight loss
  • Are telling lies or stories to cover up your drug use

Drug abuse can cause problems in your personal relationships and career and if you are dependent, you will probably need help to overcome it. It is very easy for drug use to spiral out of control and no level of drug consumption is considered safe.

Withdrawing from using drugs and alcohol is very taxing mentally and physically, and you have a better chance of recovery if you have assistance from professionals.

Understanding The Effects Of Alcohol Use

Binge drinking and long term consumption of alcohol can have negative effects on your mental and physical health. It can also cause strain on your family and personal relationships. There is no objectively safe level of alcohol for everyone and the only way to manage your alcohol intake is to drink in moderation, and maintain a generally healthy lifestyle, which includes healthy eating habits and regular exercise. 

It is recommended that you do not exceed four standard units of alcohol in one day or more than 10 units in one week. Drinking too much alcohol has a negative impact on your brain, in terms of memory and concentration. It also elevates your blood pressure, which puts you at greater risk of heart attacks and stroke. High levels of alcohol consumption are associated with greater risk of developing cancer, as well as liver disease. Excessive alcohol use can lead to alcohol poisoning, impaired judgement and an increased risk of self-harm.

The negative effects of drugs and alcohol can be avoided by managing a healthy lifestyle that includes positive relaxation habits such as exercise, yoga and meditation practice. Counselling and therapy can help you to build the mental resilience you need to help you through tough times in your life, and empower you with healthy coping mechanisms.

 

Don’t allow the effects of alcohol and drugs to affect your life. Seek help as soon as you can. Please contact us for a confidential appointment: (07) 5613 1531.