Those who use illegal drugs will go to great lengths to attain their drug of choice, which can include participating in criminal activity. When an individual buys illegal drugs, he’s already participating in criminal activity that can lead to serious consequences like jail time. Drug use often leads to addiction; and in the case of addiction, an individual will do anything in his power to get the funds to buy his drug of choice.
The Uniform Crime Reporting Program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported there were an estimated 1.7 million state and local arrests that occurred from drug abuse in 2009. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. stated illegal drug use is often linked with criminal activity that includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny/theft and motor vehicle offenses.
Furthermore, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. reported:
• An estimated 80 percent of individuals who are incarcerated abuse drugs or alcohol.
• Almost half of inmates in prison are clinically addicted to drugs or alcohol.
• Nearly 60 percent of individuals in prison tested positive for drugs or alcohol at the time of their arrest.
The criminal activity committed due to drug use is often because an individual is addicted and craves his drug of choice. As a result, the addict exhibits impaired judgment and makes poor decisions. The risk of committing criminal activity is also higher when an individual is under the influence of drugs.
How Illegal Drug Use Can Impact Your Life
Illegal drugs can have a negative impact on your life. Using illegal substances can cause you to suffer socially, financially, physically and mentally. Addiction to drugs could have an impact on many aspects of your life, including:
• Financial problems
• Health and wellbeing
• Home and family life
The use of illegal drugs is often associated with anti-social behavior. When you use drugs, you’re more than likely to avoid family members and friends because you don’t want them to see you under the influence. Your friends and family members will notice warning signs and symptoms associated with drug use, which can lead to intervention efforts.
Drug use can cause marriages to suffer. When you use illegal drugs, it can place a strain on your marriage and your spouse. You’re susceptible to violent outbursts and secrecy that can negatively impact your spouse and children. Drug use can lead to social problems at work. Co-workers depend on your contribution, and you’re not able to perform to the best of your capabilities when under the influence. As a result, co-workers can become untrusting and unwilling to work with you because you’re not dependable.
The use of drugs can also have a negative impact on your finances. Drug use can be expensive. There’s also the risk that you’ll lose your job due to drug abuse, which can cause you and your family to struggle financially. Spending exorbitant amounts of money on drugs can lead to loss of your home, car and other possessions you value.
Drug use has a serious impact on your physical appearance. Using certain drugs, such as cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin, can cause you to become dangerously thin. There are many drugs that can also have a negative impact on your teeth. Drugs such as methamphetamine and crack cocaine can cause your teeth to decay and erode if the drug is consumed by smoking. Using drugs can cause you to look older than your actual age. Other physical complications caused from drug use include health problems like:
• Organ damage
• Fertility problems
• Respiratory problems
• Heart complications
You also have a higher risk of contracting diseases such as HIV and hepatitis when you use contaminated needles to administer drugs.
The mental problems that come from drug use are dangerous and at times irreversible. Drugs alter the way your brain functions, which is what leads to addiction. When you become addicted to drugs, you develop a craving and tolerance that create an obsession. You’re likely to have mood swings, depression, anxiety, paranoia and confusion. You can also experience hallucinations from using drugs, which can cause you to physically harm yourself or those around you.
Get the Help You Need Today
There are many options available to those with drug problems. If you have a drug problem, you can seek help at an inpatient or outpatient facility. When you seek help for your drug problem, you significantly increase the chances of a successful recovery. Friends and family members can help you find a rehabilitation facility best suited for your needs.
An inpatient rehabilitation facility offers around-the-clock care with a team of healthcare professionals to provide support for those with drug addictions. There’s a greater chance of recovery if you decide on getting help through an inpatient program. Inpatient treatment facilities are also beneficial because they keep you from being subjected to triggers that can cause you to use again.
There are also outpatient rehabilitation facilities that can help you overcome your drug addiction. Outpatient rehabilitation facilities allow a patient to maintain his work or school schedule, as he’ll continue living at home while receiving treatment. An outpatient treatment program can be successful if you’re determined to quit using drugs and you stay away from triggers and individuals who can cause you to use again.
Illegal drug use is a serious problem. When you seek help, you’re taking the first step toward leading a healthy life, free from drugs. Addiction professionals are available right now to help you get started. Call the hotline today at 800-447-9081 for information and guidance.