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Addiction is natural. Everyone is genetically predisposed to addictive behavior because the brain is naturally wired to seek reward in things that are pleasurable and nourishing. That is why we find so much pleasure in nutritious food, exercise, learning, laughing with people we love, etc.

There is, of course, some variance in the levels of how likely one person will engage in addictive behavior more than another. These differences, however, are also affected by individual personal, social and environmental life circumstances. Addiction is a normal function of the human experience. Maladies arise when addictive tendencies are focused toward negative sources.

Drug and alcohol Addiction statistics in America are soaring. At the core, these negative addictions arise out of a personal need for escapism. Consequently, it has transformed into a legitimate large scale epidemic and, along with it, bringing repercussions that plague many dynamics of life, from the individual level to a widespread social issue.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, statistics show that overdose-related deaths in the U.S. has nearly tripled between the 15 year period of 1999 and 2014. One in every 10 Americans faces drug and alcohol addictions.

With information from Summit Behavioral Health, we can break down the consequences of negative addiction into the following categories:

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The physical effects of substance abuse Include:

  • Organ damage
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Cancer (caused by nicotine or steroid use), HIV/AIDS
  • Prenatal and fertility issues

The neurological and emotional effects of substance abuse include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Aggression
  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis

The negative social repercussions of addiction in one’s personal life may include:

  • Job loss
  • Relationship changes between both friends and family members
  • Aggression toward friends and family members
  • Divorce
  • Suspension or expulsion from organized activities, such as sports teams.

The negative social repercussions of addiction in society overall may include:

  • Healthcare burden
  • Mass homelessness populations
  • Mass spread contempt for government containment projects
  • Crime and violence.  

Negative addiction starts at the personal level of recognition and acknowledgement. Drugfree.org reveals that merely 11 percent of those dealing with harmful addictions seek treatment. The repercussions of bad addiction is harmful to the self and society in a multitude of ways.

Addictions come with grave emotional and economical costs. Recovery starts with a shift in mentality, and of course seeking professional therapy will always offer meaning guidance.

Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from addiction, then take our free 3 minute assessment.

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