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Can Addictions Cause Other Health Problems? What You Need To Know

Addictions can be harmful to both you and your loved ones. What starts as recreation can quickly lead to dependency, and serious conditions thereafter. Addictions can have serious consequences and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Nicotine Addition

Nicotine found in tobacco is an addictive substance that results in increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Being both a stimulant and relaxant of the brain, it’s abused by many. Tobacco can also lead to dental a variety of dental problems and even cancer.

Prenatal Exposure

Addiction can cause adverse effects on an unborn child. Cases such as miscarriage and premature birth have been noted. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome results from a mother’s addiction to alcohol. Most damage is done during the first trimester when the child’s brain begins to develop, although it is dangerous at any stage of pregnancy.

Mental illness

There are a number of mental conditions associated with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Anxiety and depression are among the most common. Abruptly stopping the use of drugs and alcohol causes withdrawal symptoms, some of which are hallucinations, and can be confused for schizophrenia. Changes in the brain caused by addiction can also result in behavioral problems.

Second hand smokers

You don’t have to be addicted to fall ill to its effects. Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) is the term used to call smoke inhaled from second hand sources. Exposure to ETS is hazardous to human health. Involuntary inhalation may cause an increased risk of lung cancer and heart disease.

Injection related illnesses

People addicted to substances that need to be injected are at risk of injection-related vascular injuries. Repeated injections can cause Chronic Venous Disease (CVD) resulting from the trauma of the part injected. The veins destroyed disrupt the microcirculation of the skin and tissue surrounding it, causing painful ulcers.

Addiction can cause many other health problems, No matter how severe your addiction, professional treatment can help. A program based on back to basics recovery can help you to overcome addictions. A recovery center offers the support and services you need to change your life.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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