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Emotional Effects of Drug Addiction

Don't let the emotional effects of drug addiction to cause you more problems.

Don’t let the emotional effects of drug addiction to cause you more problems.

The emotional effects of drug addiction run far deeper than any physical effect every could leaving both the addict and their loved ones feeling angry, worried, frustrated, sad and most of all completely empty inside. When an individual relies on drugs to forget the past or to prevent feelings in the present, the result is a rocky future that is impaired with emotional trauma, psychological dependence, and broken relationships.

Emotional Impact of Drug Addiction on Families

For the family members or loved ones of an addict, the emotional trauma of addiction can be devastating. Drug addiction is likely to result in domestic violence that is targeted to children or to a spouse or loved one. Family members may try to cover up the addiction of a loved on in order to reduce the negative attitudes that are directed toward the individual but as a result the family member who is covering up the addiction is left with a severe emotional strain.

Families are broken as a result of drug addiction. Addicts withdraw from their loved ones which causes further emotional pain for those who care. Depression is very common for family members who are impacted by drug addiction. Children of addicts may suffer from anxiety as a result of the fear or loneliness that comes from drug addiction.

Emotional Effects of Drug Addiction on the Addict

Emotionally, the individual suffering from drug addiction may feel depressed, anxious, sad, angry, or a whole range of emotions. When using the drugs, many addicts will feel “better” but then once the drugs wear off the addict will often be depressed or anxious to get more drugs. Sometimes the addict will feel regret for using the drugs previously but still can’t seem to find a way to stop. This can cause feelings of anger or resentment.

Drug addiction causes psychological dependence that makes it difficult for even the most strong willed individual to stop using. Socially, the addict becomes withdrawn and set apart from their loved ones. The result, is further emotional trauma for the addict and for their family members. Drug addiction interferes with the ability of the brain to release dopamine which is the pleasure neurotransmitter. As a result, people who use drugs may have a difficulty with maintaining the desired level of pleasure without using drugs.

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