107 Ways Addiction Can Ruin Your Life

107 Ways Addiction Can Ruin Your Life

107 Ways Addiction Can Ruin Your Life

Addiction is insidious and pervasive. Faster than you realize, it can hijack your entire life. In many ways, this disease can infect every aspect of your existence.

Addiction—Disease, Disability, and Death

Addiction can destroy your health:

  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Bleeding internally
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer – 1 out of every 30 cancer deaths are due to alcohol
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colon cancer
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Dental problems
  • Death – 25% of all deaths are due to alcohol, illicit drug abuse, or tobacco
  • Diabetes complications
  • Epilepsy
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Gout
  • Gynecomastia in males
  • Heart Attack
  • Hepatitis
  • Hypertension
  • HIV – IV drug users account for 1 out of every 10 of HIV infections globally
  • Infertility
  • Injuries – Binge-drinking ups the risk of injury by 29%.
  • Insomnia
  • Liver cancer
  • Loss of brain mass
  • Malnutrition
  • Menstrual cycle problems
  • Mouth cancer
  • Nerve damage
  • Obesity
  • Overdose –the #1 cause of accidental deaths in America
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Seizures
  • Sexually-Transmitted Diseases – up to 1 in 5 females and up to 1 in 9 males
  • Shortened lifespan – a reduction of over 7 years
  • Stroke
  • Tracheal cancer
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome – 1 out of 5 of victims die, and 3 out of 4 are permanently brain-damaged

Addiction Affects Your Mind

Over half of all drug addicts and more than a third of all alcoholics also have mental disorders:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anxiety – One-third of all substance abusers
  • Dementia – 200% higher risk
  • Cognitive damage
  • Depression – Males – three times higher, females – four times higher
  • Eating disorders – up to 40% women who abuse alcohol
  • Memory Loss – 62% more likely
  • Psychosis
  • PTSD – triple the risk
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicide –Males two-and-a-half times greater risk, females sixfold increased risk
  • Trauma – 90% of people in rehab

Addiction Steals Your Money

Annual estimated costs for various substances:

  • Heroin– over $50,000
  • Vicodin – $50,000
  • OxyContin– over $100,000
  • Methamphetamines – more than $30,000
  • Legal Marijuana – $10,000
  • Alcohol—at least $7000

Then there’s rehab:

  • Detox –$7000 weekly
  • Outpatient Treatment –$10,000
  • Inpatient Treatment – $8000$32,000 monthly
  • Methadone Maintenance –$6500 annually
  • Luxury Drug Rehab – $80,000+ monthly

Addiction Ruins Relationships

Addiction harms everyone:

  • Divorce – greater than 50% increased risk
  • Estrangement – a third of addicts are estranged from their families
  • Domestic Violence – involved in 80% of incidents
  • Homelessness – the #1 cause of homelessness
  • Infidelity
  • Sexual Assault – Involved in half of all cases. Also, 72% of women raped in college report have been too drunk to consent/refuse.

Addiction Harms Generations of Children

Addiction has a lifelong effect on children:

  • Child Abuse – Three times more likely
  • Neglect – Four times more likely
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Generational Addiction – Children of alcoholics are four times more likely to abuse alcohol, and three times more likely to marry an alcoholic.
  • Protective Services Involvement – Involved in 81% of interventions
  • Stunted Growth – 12% of infants born to alcohol-abusing mothers have altered growth

Addiction Wrecks Your Career

Your employer knows something’s wrong, even if they don’t know what it is:

  • Absenteeism – 1 out of every 6 addicts skip at least one work day monthly.
  • Security Clearance denial –”Persons who use illegal drugs are not suitable for Federal Employment…” Executive Order #12564
  • Under-employment – 12% of addicts have worked for three-plus employers within the past year.
  • Suspension
  • Termination – Companies have the obligation to provide drug-free workplaces.
  • Unemployment – Three times higher

Addiction Disrupts Your Education

Substance abuse is one of the leading causes of dropping out:

  • Non-attendance
  • Poor Grades – Marijuana users are less than half as likely to have an “A” average.
  • Behavioral Issues

Addiction Jeopardizes Your Freedom

Addiction inhibits reasoning, lowers inhibitions, and impairs decision-making:

  • Arrests – 2015–1,488,707 drug-related arrests
  • DUI’s
  • Lawyer’s fees
  • Bail
  • Fines
  • Interlock Devices
  • Jail

Addiction and Society

Addiction doesn’t exist in a vacuum:

  • Financial costs – $417 BILLION yearly
  • Crime – Involved in many criminal cases:
  • Manslaughter–68%
  • Assault–62%
  • Murder–54%
  • Robbery–48%
  • Burglary–44%
  • Health Care
  • Lowered Productivity

If you are struggling with substance abuse, call Lasting Recovery—San Diego’s top outpatient drug and alcohol recovery program—and learn how to reclaim your life.

Lasting Recovery – “Where Wellness Begins…”

Help is waiting. Contact us now.

858-453-4315
Send an Email

Confidential hotline. Phone answered 7 days a week.