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What Happens to the Body When it’s Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol?

The human body consists of many organs that all function together to keep a person alive. These organs need to stay healthy in order to operate on a daily basis and are essential to survival. Drug and alcohol use affects all of them.

The brain is a complex organ that controls the way you feel, move, and talk. The brain also helps you think, learn, and process information in order to make critical decisions. When a person is addicted to drugs and alcohol, the brain’s function is compromised and it loses the ability to control the body. The drugs and alcohol invade the brain, and disrupt the brain’s performance by altering all of its normal activity. Essentially, the drugs and alcohol hinder the brain’s ability to act on its own. The addicted person loses their self-control. Alcohol abuse can lead to irreversible brain damage.  

Drugs and alcohol affect the other organs too. They cause chronic heart problems and diseases that could result in heart attacks, high blood pressure, and an irregular heartbeat. These heart complications could lead to death. It can also contribute to cirrhosis of the liver, cancer, and organ damage or failure. Drug and alcohol use also affects the immune system, which can make a person prone to many diseases and viruses.

The effects of drug and alcohol abuse are devastating. It not only causes internal changes, but also physical changes. It affects the organs and alters a person’s skin, hair, nails, and overall appearance. Alcohol is a depressant. It slows the body’s function and alters the individual’s mood. Over time, the body builds a tolerance to drugs and alcohol causing the brain to think it needs more. That leads to drug and alcohol-related diseases, organ damage, and overdose.

When a person is addicted to drugs and alcohol, the whole body is affected. The brain loses the ability to maintain control and challenges the person to keep using, even when he or she wants to stop. That causes a person to relapse, but with the right treatment plan, there is hope for recovery.

The Serenity Recovery Center at Encino Medical Hospital is offering your loved ones a new way to begin their journey of recovery. Excellent clinical care, medical management, and the highest levels of comfort are our priority at Serenity. Call us today for information: 866.294.9401