Whenever people experiment with potentially dangerous and highly addictive substances, they are not only putting themselves at risk for physical problems but also opening up doorways for cognitive impairment. Although we are familiar with short-term effects (like acid trips or hangovers), one condition called mild neurocognitive disorder transcends these limits and is completely permanent, affecting important aspects like memory and life management. Overall, this condition ranges from mild brain fog to full-blown memory loss, and it can be triggered by a variety of drugs. So, what are the defining factors of this mental illness and what causes it? Let’s take a closer look at how drug abuse and addiction induce mild neurocognitive disorder.
A Closer Look at Cognitive Deficits
Simply put, cognitive deficits are severe problems with mental functions (including memory, perception, emotional control, critical thinking, motor control, facial recognition, speech, and all forms of communication). Once these problems develop, victims will have a hard time coping with these hardships and can return to their destructive drug abuse or addiction (only aggravating the problem).
Ultimately, when a doctor is considering if a case of mild neurocognitive disorder was caused by drug abuse or addiction, they must first investigate if this person had cognitive problems prior to using drugs. (This is due to the fact that a wide variety of cognitive disorders exist.)
Drugs That Induce Mild Neurocognitive Disorder
In some incidences, people will contract mild neurocognitive disorder in a short time after using drugs for the first time. However, doctors can easily mistake a hangover or euphoric “high” as indicators of this mental problem (on certain occasions). Here is a closer look at some common drugs that can induce this brain disorder:
- Alcohol: 30 to 40% of heavy alcohol users have a case of mild neurocognitive disorder after 1 to 2 months of drinking.
- Inhalants: Some people will suffer from this brain problem right after experimenting with inhalants. (On some occasions, these abusers will develop lead encephalopathy, due to the inhalation of leaded petrol.)
- Cocaine: One-third of people who use cocaine suffer from this brain disorder.
- Opioids: 33 to 39% of opioid abusers and addicts suffer from neurocognitive problems (especially in the portion of the brain dealing with executive functions).
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
Drug abuse and addiction are some of the most dangerous mental illnesses on the planet and can potentially ruin your life, as well as the lives of your loved ones. As hopeless as your situation may seem, however, always remember that addictive drugs do not have control over your life. Only you can determine your future. Overcoming your illness is always possible.
Are you suffering from a form of drug abuse or addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our team of counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through the difficulties of withdrawal, detox, and rehabilitation. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
Now is the time to take back control of your life. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, give Asana a call at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles.