Being addicted to drugs is not the same thing as engaging in experimental substance use. Even though the American Psychiatric Association does not classify drug abuse and dependency as anything other than a substance use disorder, trying out substances does not always lead to addiction. That being said, drug addiction costs more than just money. It affects an individual on financial, psychological, physical, spiritual, educational, and occupational levels. It alters an individual’s hygiene practices and changes the main focus of life to whatever substance is being abused.

Annually, 600 billion dollars are spent to aid with occupational losses, health issues, and crime costs due to drug addiction. These substances range from alcohol to cannabis to stimulants to opiates. Opiates use itself is on the rise, with 2.4 million people in the United States having been diagnosed with an Opiate Use Disorder. In 2015 in the United States alone the opioid crisis cost 504 billion dollars. There are more individuals who have never sought help. More than 50,000 United States citizens passed away due to overdosing on drugs in 2015. Of these deaths, 33,091 were attributed to opiate use. However, it is not just prescribed medications and street drugs that are the problem. People even become addicted to over the counter medications such as Benadryl. An addict pays a heavy cost with any of these drugs.

What Are Some Consequences For A Person Who Has A Substance Use Disorder?

What Does It Cost To Be A Drug Addict?One major impact of drug addiction is poor physical health. Appetite is altered. Health issues develop. These may include heart issues, pregnancy difficulties, unwanted pregnancies, HIV, AIDS, STDs, and health issues related to car crashes. Unfortunately, impulsive behaviors are amplified due to substance use. This allows for more hazardous situations which may encourage legal implications.  Murders and suicides, as well as overdoses, are also often linked to a substance abuse lifestyle. Health issues due to domestic abuse or other traumatic situations may also occur.

In turn, one may experience symptoms of PTSD. Even if the addict does not go through any sort of trauma, they may still notice psychological changes. For those diagnosed with a severe mental health disorder, there is a 50 percent chance that they are also suffering from a substance use disorder. Even when a person does not end up diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder, they often experience mental health difficulties during the addiction process. If a person cannot find the substance, they are used to using they may have withdrawal symptoms including anxiety and depression.

Whether the substance use, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues alter an addict’s social life, interpersonal relationships begin to suffer. The substance becomes the focus of an addict which can lead to communication difficulties, less time spent with loved ones, and isolation behaviors. Hobbies and activities the addict used to enjoy become pushed to the wayside. There is not as much need to focus on hygiene practices or self-care.

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