What are the effects of drug and alcohol use?
Based upon the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse, why would human services professionals need to be aware of the effects of drug and alcohol abuse?
What agencies and local supports are available to address the needs of drug and alcohol abusers?
The effect of drug and alcohol can cause unintentional injuries such as car crash, falls, burns, drowning; intentional injuries such as firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence; increased on-the-job injuries and loss of productivity alcohol poisoning high blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases. Drugs can weaken the immune system, increasing susceptibility to infections, cause cardiovascular conditions ranging from abnormal heart rate to heart attacks. Injected drugs can also lead to collapsed veins and infections of the blood vessels and heart valves; cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Cause the liver to have to work harder, possibly causing significant damage or liver failure. Cause seizures, stroke and widespread brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life by causing problems with memory, attention and decision-making, including sustained mental confusion and permanent brain damage.
Human service professional needs to be aware of the effect of drugs and alcohol abuse because it can damage a person life are create devastation on others who are not abusers of drugs are alcohol; Also they are more able to explain to their clients the effects it can have on their social economic and medical health.
Agencies and local support for alcohol and drugs American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
460l North Park Avenue
Suite l0l, Upper Arcade
Chevy Chase, MD 208l5