Nearly\u00a020% of people over 12\u00a0 have substance abuse disorder (SUD). More than the simple use of an illegal substance, SUD represents a turning point where use has become excessive and dangerous. But despite the\u00a0dangers of substance abuse, you may feel unable to quit using this substance, legal or not. Your body becomes more dependent on the drug to feel normal. While you can get effective treatment for substance abuse at any point, early intervention can save you a lot of hardship. For that reason, knowing the real risks you face if you continue may be precisely what you need to stop this now, reclaim your life, and begin steps toward a healthier life in recovery. 1. Dangers of Substance Abuse: Health Effects Abusing drugs and alcohol has long-term effects, certainly. But you're also doing immediate damage to your body. Depending on the drug you're using, you may be causing: \tConstipation, which can turn deadly \tAbnormal cell growth, which is the precursor to cancer \tHeart stress, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke \tMalnutrition and dangerous weight loss \tTooth and gum decay \tStomach and nostril rot \tSunken skin \tLiver damage In some\u00a0cases, the damage is reversible. But you may experience life-long complications and scarring. 2. Increased Injury Risk Another of the dangers of substance abuse is the risk of injury. When you use drugs that alter your mood and perceptions, you're more likely to engage in risky behaviors like: \tSharing needles \tAttempting stunts \tGoing to dangerous places \tDriving \tCommitting crimes In the early stage of drug use, you might be more aware of safety. But as the addiction progresses, you experience lowered inhibitions and increased risk. On top of all of that, because you're impaired, even walking around can be dangerous. Slipping and hitting your head can cause brain damage or death. 3. Overdose A significant risk for some drugs is overdosing. Overdose can happen even when you think you're being safe. For example, if you buy heroin, it may be mixed with fentanyl. Fentanyl is said to be 100X stronger than heroin. But if you use it, thinking its heroin, you'd take too much. 4. Poor Hygiene Poor hygiene might not sound very dangerous. But consider this, if you have a cut on your arm and don't keep it clean, you run the risk of a severe infection. Infections that go untreated may lead to the loss of a limb. So yes, losing your body parts is among the dangers too. 5. Damage to Baby During Pregnancy Often, women don't always know when they first become pregnant. Thus,\u00a0drug use can cause permanent damage to a baby. They may develop anything from learning disabilities to a significant heart defect. 6. Dangers of Substance Abuse: Mental Health Disorders Sometimes mental illness leads to drug abuse. And sometimes vice versa. When you abuse drugs, you physically alter the way your\u00a0brains function, increasing the risk that you will develop a mental illness such as: \tDepression \tAnxiety \tSchizophrenia \tBipolar disorder If you've already begun to experience the symptoms of disorders, any addiction treatment you receive must be in a dual diagnosis program. This means they treat mental illness and addiction together. Otherwise, either one will cause a relapse. 7. Broken Relationships When someone abuses drugs, family and friends may stick around for a while. They may try to help. But to protect themselves, loved ones eventually have to "get help or we can't see you". Drug abuse cuts you off from your support system. This may cause you to fall deeper into addiction. But remember, you're the only one who can help yourself by seeking treatment. Overcomes the Dangers of Substance Abuse The Recovery Ranch TN offers you a way to escape the dangers of substance abuse. We give you the tools you need to begin reclaiming your life. Each program is built around your unique needs. And yes, we offer\u00a0dual diagnosis treatment\u00a0so that you experience more lasting recovery. You may benefit from our addiction treatment programs like: \tAlcohol addiction treatment \tHeroin & Opioid addiction treatment \tMeth addiction treatment \tCocaine addiction treatment Is substance abuse putting you and your family at risk? A quality treatment program can help. Call us at today.