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HOW DRUGS AFFECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

By their very nature, drugs have mind-altering effects. The chemical balance of your brain changes and this affects your behavior and emotions. The changes in your mood and behavior can get out of control and quitting can be problematic as you may find you have developed a dependence or addiction.

How do Drugs Affect your Mental Health?

Different drugs have different effects on your mental health and some people are more at risk than others. Mental health professionals have found a strong link between undiagnosed mental health issues and substance abuse. You may be self-medicating to treat anxiety disorder, depression, psychosis, PTSD, bipolar disorder, or a personality disorder. In order to treat drug dependence, the underlying need for drug taking needs to be addressed. Why do you take drugs? Why do you need to be in an altered state? This is where we at CASA Recovery can help; we understand the complex link between drugs and mental health.

Some people are more sensitive to the effects of drugs than others with quite serious results. For instance, some research shows a strong correlation between schizophrenia and cannabis use. This doesn’t mean that if you use cannabis you will develop schizophrenia. It has been suggested that people with a predisposition to schizophrenia may be more vulnerable to the effects of high strength cannabis and it can trigger psychosis. Psychosis is seeing, hearing or believing things that others do not and can also be a possible disturbing effect of using other drugs.

Amphetamines and methamphetamines cause overstimulation. You will have difficulties relaxing, sleeping, eating properly and when the drug wears off you may feel depressed causing you to use the drug again. Tranquilizers can become addictive as well, leaving you confused and moody, rather than relieving anxiety as they are supposed to. Long-term use of cocaine can cause anxiety and paranoia and is very addictive. Ecstasy can cause drug-induced psychosis, depression, anxiety, and memory problems. Heroin is highly addictive and withdrawal symptoms can be very distressing. By their very nature drugs mess with your mood and thinking and it is very easy to lose control of your life.

We can help you! Addiction Recovery in Southern California

Knowing what drugs do to your mental health may help your decision to make a change. It isn’t easy to take that step if you aren’t feeling quite right emotionally or psychologically. Here at CASA Recovery, we want to help you find the underlying cause of your substance abuse disorder. Our professional therapists use an integrated approach to treatment and at our Southern California rehab center, your mental and emotional well-being is our priority. We recognize that sometimes a mental health issue is the root cause of drug misuse and you will have a qualified team of caring professionals at your disposal to work through any issues or worries you may have. These will be properly assessed, addressed, and managed appropriately. Don’t hesitate to contact us– we care, we understand, and we want to help.

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