AIDS and Drugs: Problems Associated with Drug Abuse

aids and drug abuse

Drug abuse and addiction are serious problems, but they don’t generally occur on their own. Mental illness is often associated with drug addiction, either as a precipitating factor or a side effect of consistent drug use. Drugs and alcohol also pose physical threats to your body, some obvious and others not so.

One of the biggest overarching physical issues caused by drug abuse is the breakdown of the immune system. The irony here is that many addicts start out innocently taking medicine that is meant to heal their physical ailments. But chemical intervention in the body, for any reason, causes disruption of the natural systems, including the natural ability to protect one’s self against disease. You may notice people who abuse drugs are sick more often or pick up every little infection going around.

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the biggest “infection” you can get, and it precipitates a complete shutdown of your immune system.

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Strawberry Quick – Separating the Facts from Fiction

There are plenty of rumors in the media about drug dealers disguising methamphetamine as Strawberry Quick. The reports are that drug dealers are using bright pink coloring and candy-like flavoring to market Strawberry Quick to children. As a parent, this can cause a variety of frightening emotions.

When the story first caught media attention in 2007, it became a firestorm. Despite the wide reporting on the drug in the media and its continuing resurfacing years later, there have been no reports of children using flavored crystal meth.

Strawberry Quick Myths

The good news is that there is no Strawberry Quick drug. There isn’t any evidence to support the idea that meth dealers and makers are targeting children by creating strawberry-flavored methamphetamine.

During the height of the Strawberry Quick drug hoax, there were several rumors about the drug, what it was and how it was marketed.

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What do Drugs do to Your Brain: Tips for Rebuilding Your Brain as You Recover From Addiction

rebuilding your brain in addiction recovery

Addiction recovery can be a long, unpredictable process, which is one reason people don’t jump right into it. Despite the dangers of drug abuse and addiction, the fear of the unknown process of recovery can hold people back from becoming clean.

In other cases, many sufferers consider themselves too far gone for help. Some believe they have damaged their health so badly that it cannot be recovered.

It is true that addiction causes serious damage to your body and your brain, and recovery doesn’t happen quickly, but recovering from addiction is possible. In fact, it could be the best, most rewarding thing you’ve done in your life. One common reflection from people as they complete their recovery is that they wish they had started sooner. The regret is that so much time was wasted on drugs when they could have been living this happy, healthy life.

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What do Drugs and Alcohol do to Your Heart?

Researchers have determined a link between the abuse of certain drugs and adverse cardiovascular effects.

If you or a loved one is abusing drugs, it’s important to know about the negative side effects, including potentially serious heart complications. These problems may include worsening of current heart problems, an abnormal heart rate, heart failure or even death.

The best way to avoid these types of heart complications is to avoid taking illegal drugs altogether and seeking professional help.

Specific Drugs That Affect Your Cardiovascular System

Certain drugs can increase your risk of developing heart-related complications. They include:

  • Inhalants
  • Cocaine
  • Nicotine
  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • MDMA
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Ketamine
  • PCP
  • Steroids
  • Prescription Stimulants

What Do Drugs Do to Your Heart?

Overall, the type and severity of potential heart complications depends on the drug itself, the length of drug use, the quantity of drug used, and the health of the individual.

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