For men and women alike, hair loss is one of those problems that always seems to be lurking on the horizon, waiting to strike at the most inconvenient moment. After all, besides being an essential part of humanity, hair is also important in human culture. From wild updos at crazy parties to elaborate hairstyles in Oriental countries, our lovely locks define who we are and how we live. On that note, you may not be surprised to hear that some drugs might cause hair to fall out prematurely. After consuming drugs for a long period, your body cannot take the shock and (for lack of a better phrase) begins to molt as a safety measure. Let’s take a closer look at the connection between recreational drugs and hair loss.
Defining Recreational Drugs
Simply put, a recreational drug as a substance that is not used for medical purposes but, instead, is consumed for pleasure (or out of habit). Some of the most common types of these drugs include MDMA (ecstasy or Molly), cocaine, marijuana, and heroin (diacetylmorphine), but additional studies have confirmed that GHB and ketamine are also growing in popularity. Although the last two additions are Class C drugs, these substances are still extremely dangerous.
Shock the Follicles
So, how do these drugs contribute to hair loss?
According to Leona Doclis (a senior hair loss specialist at the Belgravia Center in London, England), the consumption of recreational drugs shocks he hair follicles, triggering a variety of hair loss known as Telogen Effluvium. After being negatively stimulated by the drugs, the follicles will enter a dormant stage (Telogen) and, after three months, will start to fall out. However, Doclis has emphasized that, if a person stops taking these drugs, the hair will grow back normally after a 6-month period.
Is It Permanent?
As Doclis explains, although most drug-induced hair loss is temporary, some people will start to suffer from androgenic alopecia (better known as female/male pattern baldness). Ultimately, this condition is caused by a sensitivity to DHT (a hormone that triggers hair loss and stops further growth along the crown and scalp). Although 80% of men and 50% of women will naturally develop this problem at some point in their lives, the use of recreational drugs will make this situation worse and might trigger an early form of it.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse and Addiction
Always remember that 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 or addiction troubles today.