Common Health Issues as a Result of Prolonged Drug Use



The use of any illicit or ‘street drug’, such as cocaine, heroin or cannabis carries with it a variety of negative illnesses and/or health effects. Since these drugs are unregulated, users never know what they are truly getting when they ingest or inject the drug. More often than not, street drugs are cut heavily with household substances so dealers can make more money for their sale.  Unfortunately many of these household substances are toxic and damaging to users.


In addition, the drugs themselves can lead to a variety of health issues.  These can include:


  • Respiratory issues
  • Intestinal problems
  • Circulatory problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Psychosis
  • Cognitive or Memory issues
  • Increased heart rate or irregular heartbeat
  • Cancer
  • Fits and seizures
  • Coma
  • And in some cases even Death



Prescription drugs, when taken outside of a doctor’s guidance and orders, can cause many of the same health effects that illicit drugs can. If you regularly abuse drugs, it’s important to seek help from a drug detox programme such as the one we run at Ayurva, rather than attempting to quit using on your own. Certain street drugs, such as heroin, and certain prescription drugs, like OxyContin, build up a significant tolerance in the body. If a user attempts to stop taking them by going cold turkey, That’s is stopping immediately, they can experience uncomfortable and even life-threatening withdrawal symptoms such as seizures. In this situation, it’s essential that medical staff members are nearby to help with the withdrawal process.


Risk of Overdose With Long-Term Drug Abuse

One of the most serious health issues that can occur with excessive, long-term and prolonged drug abuse is overdose. This happens when a user takes more of the drug than their body can handle, as a result they suffer an overdose. Overdoses are also common when an individual has stopped using drugs for a particular period of time and then returns to drug use and more importantly use the same amounts they did before they stopped. Since their body built up a prior tolerance to the drug, they could handle larger doses of the drug. If they’ve quit using for a period of time, that tolerance has dissipated. If they attempt to take the same dosage level as before, it could lead to overdose. Suffering and overdose is incredibly serious, and if you suspect someone is experiencing one you must call 999 immediately. In an overdose situation, the body’s systems can slow considerably, to the point that they even stop functioning. An individual experiencing an overdose may stop breathing altogether, leading to coma or death.


Avoid Long-Term Health Effects

The longer you abuse drugs, the more likely it is that these long-term health effects will take hold and cause both serious physical and psychological damage. Help is available. With proper treatment and support, you can learn to leave drugs behind for good and move forward into a life of stability and health. Here at Ayurva we offer a variety comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programmes to help you do just that. Call us today on 0845 467 0612, or e-mail us, for more information on how we can help you.



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