Drugs are substances that alter psychological states of the users. It can be inhaled, consumed, smoked or injected. Continuous use of these substances creates chemical reactions in the brain that make the user tolerant to the drug. If the brain lacks the substance, it triggers various responses in the body. Some of these reactions may either be psychological or physical. Psychological effects include developing compulsive cravings for these substances and irritability. The user is forced to use the substance to avoid some of the physical withdrawal symptoms. For those who may not understand this phenomenon, the use and dependency of drugs have its own signs and symptoms 1
Years of drug dependence have a lasting effect on the body. However, once a user realizes he/she has a problem they are able to overcome the addiction. In transition, as a person is refraining from drugs, the body undergoes some changes both physically and psychologically 2.
Here are some of the ways to overcome the addiction:
1. Go to Rehab
Addicts can undergo courses for treatment of dependency on drugs. There are centers with professionals that help counsel and treat the addicts.
2. Drug Treatment
Depending on the patient and the substance they are addicted to, there are a variety of treatments or a combination of medication that can help patients overcome their dependency.
3. Productivity Increases
While using drugs, an individual is interested in activities that enhance the drug experience like going out to nightclubs. However, once the person is on the recovery path, he/she is able to find new interests and hobbies to keep them occupied and avoid temptation.
4. Improve social relations
People who are on drugs do not relate well to the people around them. The drugs make them perceive their family and friends who try to save them from addiction as enemies. After quitting, the relationships are bound to be stronger. On the recovery path, support from the social structure is essential. 3
Here are six surprising things your body goes through when you stop doing drugs:
1. Sleep patterns will be restored
The brain is responsible for all bodily functions. Sleep is essential to human beings. The drug dependency interferes with sleep. Once an individual stops doing drugs, the brain is able to return to standard functions, and regular sleep patterns resume.
2. Health will Improve
Drugs cause a lot of bodily harm to the abuser. When an individual stops abusing drugs and maintain a healthy diet, his general health will improve with body organs regaining normal functioning.
3. Productivity increases
Generally, drugs affect the strength of body muscles by interfering with brain activity. As a result, the productivity of addicts while accomplishing tasks are low. Gradually, as the body regains its strength, a person’s productivity also increases.
4.Change in Interest
While using drugs, an individual is interested in activities that enhance the drug experience like going out to nightclubs. However, once the dependency is overcome, he/she is able to find new interests and hobbies to keep them occupied.
5. Emotional Stability will Improve
Most drugs give the user a temporary sense of euphoria and false perception. This leaves them emotionally unstable once the effects of the drugs wear off. This is caused by the brain’s dependency on the substance. If the brain is no longer dependent, the recovered addict gradually gains control of their emotions.
6.Improvement in Social Interactions
People who are on drugs do not relate well to the people around them. The drugs make them perceive their family and friends who try to save them from addiction as enemies. After quitting, the relationships are bound to be stronger. 4
Drug addiction is a condition that gives the body an uncontrollable urge to use the substance. Drug abuse affects the body both physically and mentally. Once, an individual has been rehabilitated and overcome the addiction; the body also reacts to the change. As highlighted, the body responds in various ways to the change. Therefore, depending on the nature of the addiction, patients should seek professional help to get proper rehabilitation.