Did you know that you have 700 muscles in your body? From the large biceps in your arm to the series of thin strips connecting your face, these amazing organs helps us perform some of the most important daily activities and help us complete our smaller tasks like typing and reading. (Even your eye is hooked up to small muscles connecting it to the skull.) Without these amazing muscles, we would not be able to move properly, and our blood would not circulate effectively. So, as you can imagine, introducing drugs into the picture will put a dent in your powerful system of locomotion. Let’s take a closer look at how drug abuse and alcoholism destroy muscles.
Impeding the Muscular System
Remember that systems in our bodies do not operate independently, as they rely on other systems for power or support. In this case, due to the fact that the nervous system primarily controls the muscular system, damage to neurons and the brain will often result in problems with muscle coordination. As a secondary result of this trauma, people will also suffer from muscular atrophy or severe damage to the musculoskeletal system itself. Here are some examples of some damages drugs and alcohol can inflict on our bodies:
- Ataxia: Severe problems with movement can impeded the muscular system.
- Seizures: Chronic drug use can trigger seizures that damage muscle tissue.
- Poor judgement: Chronic drug use can impede the brain, leading to poor judgement, which (in turn) can lead to severe accidents.
- Heart problems: Due to damage in the vascular system, the brain suffers from a lack of oxygen, which can lead to a stroke. As a result of weakened movement, muscles can deteriorate.
Affects of Drugs on the Muscles
Here is a closer look at how commonly abused drugs affect the muscular system:
- Alcohol: Excessive drinking can lead to a deadly condition called rhabdomyolysis, which takes place when muscle tissue breaks down and leaks into the bloodstream.
- Anabolic steroids: Despite being designed to rebuild muscles, anabolic steroids can overpower the muscles and cause tissue ruptures, ultimately leading to muscle and bone infections.
- Opioids: Nervous system depressants like heroin and OxyContin can overpower the cardiovascular system and lead to severe damage (and pain) in joints and tendons. Likewise, blood-born illnesses like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis can be transmitted through needles and ultimately break down muscles.
- Club Drugs: Drugs like LSD and spice can increase a person’s risk of a heart attack or a stroke, which can ultimately lead to muscle damage.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, or Addiction
Always remember that alcohol and drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of 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 counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or addiction troubles today.