8 Ways Addiction Hurts The Body

8 Ways Addiction Hurts The Body

Addiction is known to be a complex medical issue which causes suffering on the physical, emotional and spiritual planes.  There are many different types of addiction and they all have an impact on all three of these aspects of the human life.  It is valuable to recognize that while the forms of addiction may have different consequences on the body, they all require that the physical healing occur before the internal resources become available for the depth recovery that is necessary on the emotional and spiritual planes.  

The following are some possible harms that the body may experience as an outcome of addictive behaviors.  There is some variance according to substance but these impacts are generally present in the early stages of recovery.  .  

  1. Brain: there are many impacts by addiction, including memory, the natural chemical balances and communications of the brain with the rest of the body, and the brain's role in motivating the person to healthy self-preservation activities.  
  2. Central Nervous system: the addictive ingestion of toxins causes a continuous state of fight-or-flight, causing the rest of the body to operate as if it is in a continuous state of danger.
  3. Weight fluctuations: fluctuations may be up or down, but both changes can have serious long-term effects on the quality of health and life expectancy.  
  4. Liver: the role of this organ is to filter and metabolize toxins.  When an excessive amount of toxins are present, it becomes over-used and susceptible to disease. It also plays a role with digestion and impacts to its optimal function also impact nutrient intake.
  5. Kidneys: play a critical role in removing toxins from the body and the cleansing of blood.  These functions are impacted by addictive substances.
  6. Mental health issues: sometimes people are using addiction as a coping for existing mental health issues and other times, the use of substances actives mental health issues that they were predisposed to.
  7. Accelerated aging: in many cases, addiction of all kinds simply accelerates the aging process by speeding up the process of cell death.  This process is a natural process yet, our addiction will speed up the timeline and take our vitality sooner than would naturally occur.   
  8. Digestion issues: addictions impact the ability of this system to uptake nutrients and can result in malnutrition.   

 

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Why Is Meth So Addictive?

Meth, also known as methamphetamine, crystal meth, ice, crystal, and glass, is a highly addictive drug. Classified as a stimulant, central nervous system, synthetic drug, meth takes control of the brain and the body in a powerful way.

Meth Is A Synthetic

There is no one formula for crystal meth. One thousand or more formulas for meth might exist. Meth is not sourced from a natural source in any way, meaning there isn’t one part of meth that is natural. Heroin, for example, can be filled with chemical additives and other drugs, but will still have at least one part natural opium sourced from the poppy plant which produces it. Meth is a combination of chemicals often referred to as “the kitchen sink”. Since the pursuit of meth is a constant challenge for enforcement agencies, people who manufacture the drug are constantly evading the law. Changing formulas mean that the drug is changing as well. Synthetic substances are unpredictable because of their changing formulas. Volatile chemical reactions to create meth can create even more violent reactions in the person who takes it.

Meth Is A Stimulant

Stimulant drugs speed the brain and the body up to a high pace, stimulating the brain and the heart. Hallucinations, wild imagination, alertness, attention, and endless energy become enticing with meth use. Stimulant drugs produce a high amount of dopamine, the neurotransmitter which is responsible for creating feelings of pleasure. Euphoric sensations are extremely high in meth, and produced at high amounts. After just one or two uses of meth, one can feel effects of withdrawal or cravings. As a stimulant, meth is abused to help people stay awake, sexually active, and productive for long periods of time. Combining the neurochemical response with rewards- whatever is achieved by staying high on meth, makes it a very addictive drug.

Meth Is A Central Nervous System Substance

Central nervous system substances enter into the bloodstream more quickly than other substances because they hit the central nervous system first. Connecting the nervous system throughout the entire body, once meth is ingested it has an instantaneous effect. Getting high in a more impactful way more quickly is alluring to addicts.

Recovery from meth addiction is possible. Meth addiction can feel like a wild roller coaster ride you can’t get off of. If you are struggling with meth addiction, there is hope. Call Enlightened Solutions today for information on our treatment programs for meth addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. 833-801-5483.