These consequences can include problems with physical health, psychological health, dual diagnosis, and social stability; work; family; finances; legal issues and the breach of the person’s belief and value systems.
Untreated addiction can be lethal. For example, a person can die from an overdose or a drug-related motorcar accident. Addiction can also cause serious medical problems such as acquired brain damage, liver disease and heart problems.
People can lose their jobs, leave school prematurely and disconnect from their dreams and hopes.
The most obvious impact is on a person’s relationships including the ones with their families and close friends.
Anyone can develop an addiction
This confuses people. They and their families can spend a lot of time going over things trying to find causes. Sometimes addiction can be linked with depression, anxiety or trauma; sometimes it’s the very cause of these conditions and sometimes there is no apparent tipping point or event.
Whatever the causes and the losses, people recover from addiction all the time.
Research suggests that people require effective drug and alcohol treatment programs combined withongoing recovery support as they navigate their way through the recovery process,stabilising their physical, emotional and mental health, and transitioning back into satisfying and meaningful lives.
"Most people we work with believe the problem (addiction) is the drugs or alcohol consumption and that when the person stops, everything can go back to normal. Stopping is only the beginning of the process. For most people who access treatment, developing a more genuine understanding of the nature of addiction provides them with the opportunity to look at the problem through a different lense, dramatically increasing the possibilities of a sustainable solution (recovery)". - Jase Bowman - ASV CEO - Rehabilitation Centre Near Me Program - Melbourne & Geelong 2020.