Drug Abuse (cont.)

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What are complications of drug addiction?

Drug addiction puts its sufferers at risk for potentially grave social, occupational, and medical complications. Drug addiction increases the risk of domestic violence in families. Individuals with chemical dependency are also much more likely to lose their job and less likely to find a job compared to people who are not drug addicted. Children of drug addicted parents are at higher risk for poor social, educational, and health functioning, as well as being at higher risk for abusing drugs themselves.

In addition to the many devastating social and occupational complications of drug addiction, there are many medical complications of chemical dependency. From the respiratory arrest associated with heroin or sedative overdose to the heart attack or stroke that can be caused by cocaine or amphetamine intoxication, death is a highly possible complication of drug addiction. People who are dependent on drugs are also at higher risk of developing chronic medical conditions as complications of drug addiction. Liver failure and pancreatitis associated with alcoholism and brain damage associated with alcoholism or inhalants are just two such examples.

What is the prognosis of drug addiction?

If treated, the prognosis of alcoholism and other drug addictions improves but is not without challenges. Recovery from substance abuse is usually characterized by episodes of remission (abstinence from drug use) and relapse.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/10/2014

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