13 Jul Drugs and the Body
Our members all have different problems. They’ve used various drugs, and have different health issues. Even if two users are taking the same drug, the impact on the body can be disparate. However, some common side effects come from chronically abusing drugs. We’ll walk you through some of the major types of drugs and some of the common effects they have on the body.
Stimulants and the Body
As the name suggests, these drugs stimulate the body. They give you more energy and can lead to feelings of confidence and euphoria. They tend to increase your heart rate, and can also increase blood pressure. Many users have issues with sleep, heightened anxiety, paranoia, and suppressed appetite. Cocaine, amphetamines, caffeine, and nicotine are some of the most commonly used stimulants.
Depressants and the Body
These drugs have the opposite effect of stimulants. They slow down messages in the brain, often leading to a feeling of relaxation and calm at lower doses. Many of these drugs, such as alcohol, may make you feel less inhibited. These drugs can cause coordination issues, so driving or operating other machinery should be avoided if taking them. There can be many long term effects, such as depression, dependence, sleep issues, and weight gain. Aside from alcohol, common depressants include benzodiazepines, opiates, and barbiturates.
Hallucinogens and the Body
These drugs can affect your connection to reality by producing auditory or visual hallucinations. They can also have emotional effects, and cause anxiety and panic attacks, as well as paranoia. Chronic use can lead to more permanent disconnects from reality and paranoia. LSD (‘acid’), mushrooms, and high doses of cannabis are all examples of this type of drug.
What Will a Drug Do to Me?
How drugs will affect your body will depend on many different factors. Here are some important ones:
- The dose of the drug
- The type of drug
- Your age, weight, and sex
- Other health factors, such as heart issues or mental illness
- The combination of different drugs
- How long you have taken the drugs
The effects long-term use can have on the body are many. Here are a few:
- Damage to any or all of the body’s organs, such as heart, brain, and lungs
- Various kinds of cancer, such as lung cancer from smoking
- Collapsed veins from repeated injections
- Developmental issues in children if you are pregnant as you use
- Various oral problems, such as teeth issues and gum disease
- Mental illness, such as depression and anxiety
Making the Right Choice
Although drugs can negatively affect different people in different ways, one thing is right of all people: there are adverse long-term effects from chronic drug use. No one is immune. That’s why it’s essential if you are a user to look for recovery solutions. Long-term use will eventually take its toll on the body. By joining an NA support group, you can begin your recovery and help your body to heal.