Illegal substances can wreak havoc on a person's mental and physical health. Those that are smoked can cause lung problems ranging from asthma to lung cancer. Different drugs that affect the nervous system can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, and even cause heart attacks. They also gravely impair a person's ability to think logically and to take care of themselves and those around them. Finding the strength to cease taking a drug will help reduce these health problems and help prevent them from occurring in the future.
The stress of continually looking for a hit while also trying to hold down a job despite being an addict is a major source of stress. Addicts must also worry about things such as being arrested or having other legal problems. Eliminating the need for drugs will eliminate these sources of stress, which will definitely lead to increased happiness.
Similarly, recovering addicts will learn new ways to deal with the stresses in their lives. Many drug users turn to the illegal substances when faced with something challenging in life. Eliminating the mind altering substances will help these people learn new ways to handle problems and change their outlook on life.
Drugs are expensive, especially as people become addicted and need them on an ever increasing basis. When drugs are no longer needed, the former addict has money to afford better housing, better food, and more resources to follow their dreams.
Many addicts find their relationships with those they care about suffer greatly. Those who do not use often struggle to understand those who do. Many addicts also face temptation to steal from those closest to them when they find themselves very desperate for money. They also feel the need to lie on a regular basis about their activities. Fortunately, the maturity and strength it takes to end drug usage can help serve as a turning point in many of these relationships. When people stop using, they often start to see who their true friends are.
Ending drug usage is a difficult yet courageous step in life. While many people first consider how difficult and monumental the changes will be, they should also recall how quitting drugs can improve their lives in nearly every category. Whether the plan to quit involves going cold turkey or a certified rehab program, remembering the positive effects sobriety will have can help provide motivation to stick to the plan and stop using.