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2017-05-22

Common Medical Issues Related to Substance Abuse

Prolonged and untreated substance abuse very often leads to serious long-term medical problems. Whether a person has been abusing alcohol, heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine, they’re subjecting themselves to a wide variety of physical complications that can diminish life expectancy and significantly impact quality of life. Even after an addict seeks treatment and enters recovery, they should be mindful of the potential lingering complications from both their withdrawal periods as well as their active substance abuse. Although each person’s symptoms and complications are unique to their substance abuse history, there are a few common conditions that are very often a product of continuous and unaddressed chemical dependency, such as:

  • Liver Damage
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Skin Issues from Needle Use
  • Tooth Decay
  • Extreme Weight Loss
  • Hyperalgesia (Extreme Sensitivity to Pain)
  • And Much More

Some of the other medical conditions associated with addiction, due primarily to lifestyle factors, include HIV, Hep C and more.

Take Care of Yourself: The Importance of Ongoing Medical Care

It’s important that those in recovery work closely with their primary care physicians to mitigate any post-treatment risks of physical illness that may arise; this should be part of any aftercare plan. In addition to regular doctor visits and the appropriate diagnostic testing, there are things individuals can do to ensure the consistent improvement in quality of life, including proper exercise, nutrition and emotional wellness exercises. This mindfulness is key to not only feeling better daily; but also further insulating one’s self from relapse. The better we feel and the more positive factors we have to focus on each day, the less we focus on the negative aspects of post-treatment life like withdrawal and cravings.

It’s important to realize that treatment is only the beginning of the lifelong recovery process, and that we must keep a diligent eye on our long-term health every day, going forward.

2017-05-22

Common Medical Issues Related to Substance Abuse

Prolonged and untreated substance abuse very often leads to serious long-term medical problems. Whether a person has been abusing alcohol, heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine, they’re subjecting themselves to a wide variety of physical complications that can diminish life expectancy and significantly impact quality of life. Even after an addict seeks treatment and enters recovery, they should be mindful of the potential lingering complications from both their withdrawal periods as well as their active substance abuse. Although each person’s symptoms and complications are unique to their substance abuse history, there are a few common conditions that are very often a product of continuous and unaddressed chemical dependency, such as:

  • Liver Damage
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Skin Issues from Needle Use
  • Tooth Decay
  • Extreme Weight Loss
  • Hyperalgesia (Extreme Sensitivity to Pain)
  • And Much More

Some of the other medical conditions associated with addiction, due primarily to lifestyle factors, include HIV, Hep C and more.

Take Care of Yourself: The Importance of Ongoing Medical Care

It’s important that those in recovery work closely with their primary care physicians to mitigate any post-treatment risks of physical illness that may arise; this should be part of any aftercare plan. In addition to regular doctor visits and the appropriate diagnostic testing, there are things individuals can do to ensure the consistent improvement in quality of life, including proper exercise, nutrition and emotional wellness exercises. This mindfulness is key to not only feeling better daily; but also further insulating one’s self from relapse. The better we feel and the more positive factors we have to focus on each day, the less we focus on the negative aspects of post-treatment life like withdrawal and cravings.

It’s important to realize that treatment is only the beginning of the lifelong recovery process, and that we must keep a diligent eye on our long-term health every day, going forward.