MEDICAL COMPLICATION FROM SUBSTANCE USE RANGE WIDELY
The complications associated with addiction are numerous. Addiction affects health, often leaving a long-lasting imprint on your body’s ability to function normally. The complications are numerous, and can include:
- Heart damage due to toxicity of drug use, sometimes leading to irregular heart rhythms, sudden cardiac arrest, and heart failure.
- Pulmonary complications including damage to the lungs; often with scarring that does not improve.
- Liver damage can develop especially in those who use DXM, alcohol, steroids, heroin, and inhalants.
- Kidney damage results from PCP, heroin, inhalants, ketamine, and other drug use.
- Gastro impacts include bowel tissue decay, reflux, severe constipation, and abdominal pain stemming from the use of drugs like khat, cocaine, alcohol, kratom, and LSD.
- Cancer can also occur especially neck, mouth, stomach, and lung cancer, especially from the use of tobacco, steroids, and marijuana.
- Tooth decay and disease often occurs with prolonged opioid use.
Many people who suffer from substance use disorder may have various degrees of these conditions, and because we are a HOSPITAL BASED PROGRAM, if any of these conditions exist, MHDRP’S team of skilled doctors are there to help and treat them.
COMPLICATIONS TO TREATMENT WHEN SUBSTANCE USE EFFECTS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Having a team of professional DOCTORS on hand also ensures that any symptoms that do occur are treated right away.
In some situations, the symptoms of mental health disorders and addictions can manifest, limiting your success in the long term and success.
For example, many people who experience addiction health effects can feel they need to give up. The pain of withdrawal or the difficulty in coping with other side effects can limit their willingness to stay the course. When you have treatment directly available to you on-site this risk is minimized, and you’re empowered by getting needed care you need for any symptoms so you can focus on recovery.
UNDERLYING ISSUES MAY LEAD TO SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
Many people who come to MHDRP do so because of addictions to drugs, alcohol or because they are suffering from mental health issues due to stress, anxiety and depression. Yet, in some cases, the reason these individuals are facing these health complications is an underlying health issue they have. For example, those with chronic pain often resort to painkillers to help minimize the pain, while those struggling with a lack of energy may turn to drugs for stimulation. Some even come to get off the wrong medications they are being prescribed or addictive and narcotic MAT medications.
When you come into our location, you will receive optimized health care that focuses not just on your brain but your whole body. That means that if there is an underlying health issue that could have started you on the path to chemical dependence, depression, anxiety, or other difficulties, you will get treatment for it here. In doing this, we can help facilitate your body to restore all aspects of your health.
OVERPRESCRIPTION CAN COMPLICATE RECOVERY
Many men and women who try to turn to a local doctor or health care provider for their medical needs and then use our services for their addiction and mental health needs, find a lack of cohesive care. That is, it is very possible that you may be overprescribed medications that can limit health or recovery.
At MHDRP, if a person is on or needs to be on medication, we do a PGX Test ( a mouth swab genetic test) which will indicate genetic markers that will indicate which medications are metabolized correctly for that individual.
Its important to note that many people are prescribed medications that are wrong for them, which aren’t being metabolized properly and further throws off their brain chemistry.
This again substantiates that by having and encompassing program we maximize your potential for long term recovery while minimizing the risk of reoccurring relapse .