Substance abuse is a serious issue rising alarmingly in young as well as old age people in almost every part of the world. It has damaging effects on the physical as well as mental health of the addict which if not cured; can lead to a precious life loss.
In this article, you will learn about various types of substance addiction and mental health issues.
What is substance/drug abuse?
It is the condition when a person is involved in the habit of acquiring certain substances regularly to get pleasure. These substances are not safe for human health even many are banned in different countries. When the person keeps on using them regularly, his body gets addicted to their use. Strong urge arises when a person do not take that drug again. It becomes essential to consume again to relax the body.
These substances includes
- Tobacco products
Mental health issues associated with drug abuse
There are a lot of mental health issues that are correlated with drug addiction. As the person keeps on taking the substance, he constantly destroys his health. Sometimes mental health issues themselves becomes a reason for drug addiction. When both problems combine, they lead to severe damage to physical fitness of a person. Following are the problems that an addict faces:
- Behavioral issues
Major change that occurs after a short duration of addiction is the behavior problem. He feels irritated and restless every time. He is no more interested to build healthy relationship with others. He cannot control his behavior with other people even with his family and friends. This is the reason he spoils his relationships.
- Nausea/digestive problems
With the prolonged use of drugs, patient’s condition do not remains stable. Desire of acquiring more drugs sometimes precedes the normal dosage. Patient injects more drugs or consumes more alcohol that leads to severe digestive problems. He experiences the conditions of vomiting, nausea, indigestion and appetite changes.
- Sleep changes
Drug addicted patient suffers seriously from sleep issues. Some drugs have a sleepy and unconscious effect on the brain. When the patient consumes them he goes to the state of sleepiness for a long time. His sleep patterns change and he experiences extremes. After a long sleep under the effect of a drug, he bears severe insomnia. It is the worst case when he is not able to sleep without medicine.
- Body movement disorders
Substance abuse damages central nervous system of the man. It affects the nervous cells which produce neurotransmitters to control body actions. Severely addicted patients cannot control their body movement to complete routine life tasks. They have poor body coordination while doing any work or communicating with other people. Some times their hands even complete body starts shaking when they have a strong drug desire or have already consumed a large dosage.
- Depression & anxiety
Depression and anxiety are the two common factors that completely deteriorate the social and family life of the patient. When he is not able to control his emotions and behavior, his social circle almost quits. His mental state is always depressed, hopeless, and disturbed.
- Concentration problems
Another problem linked with drug addiction is to concentrate or focus on a certain issue. Patient loses his ability to focus on his daily life activities or sort out the relevant issues. With the passage of time, his life becomes just a mess with lots and lots of problems.
Treatment of Psychiatric Issues
Treating a drug-addicted patient along with mental illness is such a big challenge. It requires the expertise of both medical specialists and psychiatrists. It is essential for the patient to address these issues, if not treated timely they can lead to life-threatening conditions. If anyone of a person in your surrounding or your family member is facing any problem related to mental health with or without drug abuse, help him to join a psychiatric counseling center.
KOSHISH CLINIC is the drug addiction treatment center which is effectively treating drug-addicted patients as well as mentally sick persons. Expert psychiatrists are providing complete psychological services from diagnosing the mental disorder to effective brain counseling. They have regular sessions with the patient until he is stable and a healthy person to face life challenges.