How Addiction Affects Health
Excessive drinking and drug use can pose a number of immediate health risks, from loss of consciousness to risk of overdose. However, when substance use continues over the long term, individuals face an even greater risk of acute and chronic health complications. Medical issues, like HIV, hepatitis C, or abscesses, can occur as a result of needle sharing while other health concerns include STDs, seizures, heart problems, respiratory disease, brain damage, stroke, asthma, kidney disease, and bacterial infections. It's vital not to let these types of medical conditions go untreated. If you or a family member are suffering from complications of substance abuse, family nurse practitioner Lisa Perna offers diagnosis and treatment in a caring environment. For your convenience, our practice accepts most types of insurance. Please reach out to Revival Recovery Center in Brighton, MI to schedule an appointment today.
What Are Symptoms Of Medical Disorders Caused By Drug Use?
Drug use and addiction can be linked to a wide range of medical disorders, each with its own set of signs and symptoms. Often these include skin infections from needle use, skin burns, memory problems, chronic cough or bronchitis, changes in mood or mental function, muscle twitches, poor decision making, tremors or shaking, a lack of personal hygiene, and more. Because these symptoms are wide-ranging and unique to each patient, we customize our treatments at Revival Recovery Center to address each patient's personalized needs.
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How Are Medical Disorders Treated?
While drug and alcohol use alone can lead to negative health consequences, there are also risky behaviors associated with addiction. These may include unhealthy eating patterns, neglected personal hygiene, sexual promiscuity, and other behaviors resulting from lessened inhibitions. During a consultation at Revival Recovery Center, our team will perform an assessment to learn about your medical history and drug use in order to determine a diagnosis. From there, a patient-tailored plan will be created to treat substance use disorder along with any related medical conditions. We may utilize a custom combination of approaches, medications, and therapies to treat your addiction and improve your health. As a board-certified family nurse practitioner, Lisa Perna specializes in behavioral health along with addiction care. In the event that you need more extensive treatment, we can provide a referral to a trusted specialist.
Medical Disorders FAQ
What medical conditions can be caused by addiction?
Long-term substance abuse can put those with addiction at higher risk for a variety of health problems, whether from the body’s reaction to the substance, risky behaviors associated with use, unhealthy eating habits, poor hygiene, or other factors. Some of these include:
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- HIV, hepatitis C, or abscesses from needle use and sharing
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Brain damage
- Bacterial infections
- Weakened immune system
- Collapsed veins
- Tooth decay/tooth loss
What is the most serious form of addiction?
The leading addiction in America is alcohol addiction. As high as 30% of Americans have struggled with addiction to alcohol at some time in their life.
What are the major mental health concerns due to drug use?
Chronic or long-term use of drugs can cause short-term and long-term changes in the structure and chemistry of the brain. This can lead to mental health issues, including depression, hallucinations, dissociation, anxiety, aggression, paranoia, and other mental disorders.
Help Is Available
If you are dealing with health problems associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, opioids, opiates, sedatives, or other drugs, you should not hesitate to seek treatment. At Revival Recovery Center, Lisa Perna welcomes individuals who face addiction and associated health conditions. Our mission is to prescribe hope to those in need. We invite you to book an appointment at our faith-based addiction treatment center in Brighton, MI.