Picked-apart skin. Sunken eyes. Rotten teeth. The physical signs of a drug addiction can be brutal. Unfortunately, what’s happening on the inside of your body when you do drugs is even worse.
How do drugs affect your body?
The most damaging change that addictive drugs cause is how they mess up your brain. Drugs completely rewire your mental circuitry, screwing up everything from your impulse control and ability to feel pleasure, to your decision-making processes. These changes last even beyond the period you’re high.
That’s not where the effect of drugs ends, though. The wreckage spreads through pretty much your entire system. Drug users can experience kidney and liver damage, for example, as well as a higher rate of lung and heart diseases.
Asthma, diabetes and cancer are just a few of the other issues that could develop over time as an addiction spirals out of control. As those medical issues increase, many people up their usage in an attempt to self-medicate and lessen the effects of those physical problems.
How do you stop using drugs?
It’s never too late to stop the destruction of your body, mind and spirit through drug use. Dealing with addiction starts with detox, and continues through residential treatment and and a lifetime program of recovery.
At Transformations Care, you can clear your body and mind of the effects of dangerous chemicals through detox. Once that process is complete, you will be ready to proactively face the next steps in the road to recovery, including assessing any short and long-term physical damage you may have suffered as a result of your addiction. In residential treatment, aka rehab, you can begin to work on recovery that will last.
Getting Clean & Sober at Home
Today, more than 75% of hospitals and healthcare providers offer access to telehealth treatment, with 29 states having gone so far as to enact telehealth parity laws, which force insurance companies to reimburse patients for telehealth at the same rates as they would for in-person treatment.
If you’ve been thinking about getting clean and sober, or if you’ve been wanting to work on and strengthen the recovery you already have, it’s never been easier to do it through telehealth.