Dependence on drugs can create a number of life-changing complications. They can include:

  • Health problems. Drug addiction can lead to a range of both short- and long-term mental and physical health problems. These depend on what drug is taken.
  • Unconsciousness, coma and sudden death. Taking some drugs can be particularly risky, especially if you take high doses or combine them with other drugs or alcohol.
  • Getting a communicable disease. People who are addicted to a drug are more likely to get an infectious disease, such as HIV, either through unsafe sex or by sharing needles.
  • Accidents. If you're addicted to a drug, you're more likely to drive or do other dangerous activities while intoxicated.
  • Suicide. People who are addicted to drugs commit suicide more often than do people who aren't.
  • Family problems. Behavioral changes may cause marital or family strife and custody issues.
  • Work issues. Work performance may decline, and you may be absent from work more often.
  • Problems at school. Academic performance and motivation to excel in school may suffer.
  • Legal issues. These can stem from stealing to support your drug addiction, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and disputes over child custody.
  • Financial problems. Spending money to support your habit takes away money from your other needs, could put you into debt, and could lead you into illegal or unethical behaviors.
Oct. 01, 2011