What are the financial and psychological effects of drug abuse

by Emmanuel Quaye
(Saltpond, Ghana)

What are the financial and psychological effects of drug abuse?

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Financial and Psychological effects of drug use
by: Anonymous

That's a topic that can be pretty overwhelming. Why? Because we have no control over things we have no control over. I remember those days in my early stages of recovery I wanted to change the world. I wanted everyone to " smell the coffee". I found out that's not how you change the world.

I believe you change the world one person at a time starting with myself. Now I feel really comfortable knowing my limitations. I don't have to focus on the financial and psychological effects, of substance use. Like make sure I continue to set a positive example for those that are still feeling helpless and hopeless.

They're huge but often difficult to measure.
by: Debbie

Dear Emmanuel,

The financial impacts of drug abuse on the society are huge. Beyond the personal health issues, beyond the devastating effect on families, beyond community crime statistics, drug addiction has a major impact on our economy. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that some $167 billion per year is the impact that drug addiction has on this country.

This total includes the cost of law enforcement, incarceration, treatments, traffic injuries, lost time in the workplace, etc. Drug addiction causes impaired reasoning, and therefore the crime rate is dramatically impacted by drug use. Addicts have a much higher likelihood of committing crimes than others.

Put some of the factors together--

the alcohol-related deaths on our streets and highways, the abuse of the healthcare system by addicts showing up at the ER looking for drugs, the absenteeism on the job and the serious risk of HIV infection for those using needles,

and you can quickly realize this problem is enormous and that there are no quick fixes to solving it.

Psychological effects

More devastating then the financial effects, the psychological effects take a gigantic toll on all who are touched by drug/alcohol addiction and abuse.

Drug addiction is a disease of the brain, which is characterized by relapse. If an addiction is left untreated it's likely a fatal disease. For example, heroin addicts have a likelihood of recovery from addiction of only about 30%, with 70% dying from the disease. Additionally, drug/alcohol addiction significantly increase a person's risk from suicide, homicide, and/or having a fatal traffic accident.

Because it's a disease of the brain, it disrupts our normal brain function often causing: depression, anxiety, personality disorder, PTSD and even psychosis. Co-occurring mental illness and addiction are extremely common because of the negative psychological effects of drug abuse.

Hope this answers your question,

Debbie

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