Our bodies consist of many organs that function to keep us alive. These organs must stay healthy so they can properly perform and are essential to survival. Addiction affects all organs in our bodies.

The brain is a complex organ that controls the way we feel, move, and talk. The brain also helps us think, learn, and process information to make critical decisions. When a person is suffering from addiction, the brain’s function is compromised and it loses the ability to control his or her body.

Drugs and alcohol take the brain hostage and disrupt its performance by altering all normal activity. This means the drugs and alcohol seize the brain’s ability to act on its own and the individual loses his or her self-control. Addiction can lead to irreversible brain damage, organ failure, overdose, and death.

Drugs and alcohol affect the other organs too. They cause chronic heart problems and diseases that could result in heart attacks, high blood pressure, and an irregular heartbeat. These heart complications can be fatal. Drug and alcohol abuse also contributes to cirrhosis of the liver, cancer, and organ damage or failure. These substances also affect the immune system, which can make a person prone to many diseases and viruses.

The effects of addiction are distressing. Addiction not only causes changes internally, but also physical appearance. Addiction affects the organs and alters a person’s skin, hair, nails, and overall appearance. Eventually, the body builds a tolerance to drugs and alcohol, which makes the brain think it needs more. That leads to drug and alcohol-related diseases, organ damage, and overdose.

Addiction affects the whole body. When the brain loses the ability to maintain control, a person will keep using, even when he or she wants to stop. Unpleasant withdrawals from drugs or alcohol also hinder an individual’s decision for treatment. There is hope for recovery with the right treatment plan.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, do not wait. Get help today. Take the first step to recovery and a new, sober, healthy lifestyle. Save yourself from the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.

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