You’ve been addicted to drugs for years. You’ve seen how your family did the same, so you never really thought that using drugs was wrong. But now that you’re old enough to think for yourself, you’ve slowly seen the ill-effects of your addiction. You’ve noticed how your health has slowly deteriorated and how your friends commented on how your behaviour changed throughout the years. All of these were reason enough for you to make a change – you now want to let go of your addiction.

What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Addiction?

The changes you’ve noticed in your health and behaviour because of your drug addiction are just the start. If you continue to become dependent on drugs, you can suffer from its long-term effects which are:

  1. Depression: You might think that drugs can help you forget about your problems, but you’re wrong. When you self-medicate with drugs to combat symptoms of depression, you’re actually alleviating the symptoms when you’re high. Your depression can even worsen if you’re working through withdrawal.
  2. Anxiety: Addiction is also linked to anxiety and other panic disorders, but the cause among individuals are different. For example, one person can develop a pattern of abusive behaviour after using drugs as one way of coping with their symptoms while another person could have a pattern of long-standing drug abuse and develop anxiety problems over time.
  3. Cardiovascular issues: Many drugs sold in the market can contribute to cardiovascular issues such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure. All of these can complicate and can become life-threatening illnesses if left untreated. When you use drugs which are used in vials, you’re also at risk of collapsed veins and other bacterial infections in the bloodstream of your heart.
  4. Respiratory system: When you smoke or inhale drugs such as crack cocaine and marijuana, your lungs can suffer permanent damage. Aside from this direct damage, drugs like heroin and prescription opioids can slow your breathing and can cause other complications in the long run.

For a time, drugs can make you feel good, but while you’re doing this, you’re actually putting your health and life on the line. If you’re determined to turn over a new leaf by putting a stop to your addiction, you should seek help from professionals right away. Regardless of how severe you think your addiction is, there’ll always be people and organizations who are ready to lend you a helping hand.

How Can We Help You?

Getting over an addiction which you’ve been doing for years is never easy. You might be going through relapse along the way, which can ultimately become the reason why you’ll lose the motivation towards your recovery. But you don’t have to worry because here at Graeme Rawson Psychology, we’ll help you throughout the entire process.

Once you decide to seek our services, you can be sure that professionals will be looking after you so you can achieve long-term recovery. Our services are unique, which means that we take the time to look into your case and study all the facts involved so we can come up with solutions that are tailored-fit for you. We understand your situation is unique, that’s why we’ll also provide unique approaches just for you.

When you work with Graeme Rawson Psychology, you can expect that you’ll be handled by trained psychologists who have been in the industry for years. Our experience in handling cases similar to yours is your assurance that we know what we’re doing, we know what your goals are, and we can help you achieve those in time.

Where is Our Addiction Service Located?

We are conveniently located 5/66 Station Road, Indooroopilly, QLD 4068.

To find out how we can help call today on 1300668256