The 5 consequences (psychological and relational) of an addiction

The reasons and circumstances for a person to compulsively and addictively use substances are as much as people use them. Each will have its reasons, causes and effects, different in each human being. However, similarities can be established in the consequences in severe cases of drug addiction. This is exactly what we will be talking about in this article.

    The consequences of addiction

    Below is an overview of the main consequences of substance use.

    1. Lack of vital meaning

    One of the aspects often repeated, at least in most cases, is the feeling that life has no meaning, As well as the lack of motivation to progress, to maintain a job, studies or social ties; or, also, the idea that the quality of life cannot be changed and improved, as if the addiction is imposed and the person cannot have an impact on it. In short, feeling downcast, helpless, “lost”.

      2. Low self-esteem and sense of self-efficacy

      Using substances to silence or stop the painful thought, to escape, to calm down, to escape ?, What? Probably from oneself, from one’s own fears, from the anxieties accumulated over the years, from the frustrations, from the evil … to escape really being, to hide behind the “protective mask” which builds an addiction.

      Generally having low self-esteem and poor self-esteem, addicts they are seen as not deserving of good things, Are classified as “losers”. They have the impression of having lost their dignity, they feel “nobody”. They consider that they should be left alone, as if they do not deserve to have good company (although they do make you shudder to think of loneliness).

      For the compulsive consumer to get away from drugs, it will come to the idea that a health problem is going through, something that is beyond his control and will. Being able to make a change depends on the willingness to make it, and that’s why you often need a “bottom-up” approach that helps you think.

      Indeed, as long as a subjective weakening persists, it will be very difficult for the person to gain the necessary strength to decide to make changes in the way of life that he leads, because there is vulnerability, confusion, dependence, lack. control over his own life.

      3. Crisis of social ties and loss of control

      Absences appear. To give an example, absences to family events, visits (absences) lasting several days, family misinformation about the location and state of health. Advice, reproach or the desire for the addict to open their eyes and decide to move away from use is often not enough.

      4. Complications at work

      As an addiction progresses, difficulties become present in different areas of a person’s life. The work area can also be affected. Late arrivals are followed by absences, work accidents due to fatigue or as a residual effect of this consumption which could not be avoided before the start of the working day. Or even, in an advanced case of problematic use, choose to use substances in the same working hours and in the same context, when the self-imposed limits are already minimal or zero.

      5. Effects on the body

      In severe cases of addiction, people they do not take the consequences of ingesting harmful substances seriously for the body. And it often happens that you become aware of the body and the damage when it is already advanced and severe. As examples, we can leave high heart disease, circulation problems, dysfunctions and pathologies in various organs, especially the liver, the formation of ulcers, alterations in the nervous system.

      It will be important here to understand that this is a health problem, to accompany as much as possible until the person in question can recognize that they have a problem and that problem has a solution, he will therefore have to ask for and accept help. . Gradually the person will stop feeling anyone to be again, incorporating tools to begin to be able to be drug free.

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