ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
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.
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