SUBSTANCE ADDICTION & VIRAL INFECTIONS
- May 25, 2018
Research has consistently established a strong correlation between substance addiction and viral infections like HIV and hepatitis. For a number of reasons, people who engage in the regular consumption of alcohol or drugs are at a much greater risk of contracting these diseases:
– People who use illicit substances are more likely to engage in the type of high-risk behavior that is associated with the spread of viral infections in the first place
– Being under the influence of a substance may engage in the type of high-risk behavior that can lead to the spread of viral infections when they otherwise would not
– The method of drug use, particularly with injected drugs like heroin, is itself a way viral infections can spread
One in six people with HIV or AIDS admitted to using an illegal drug intravenously at least once in their lifetime. The connection between substance addiction and viral infections is so strong that many treatment programs have started to include a prevention component to address the problem, and research finds that these programs can be quite effective.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a comprehensive supervised detoxification and residential treatment program in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be right for you.