Risk factors and complications
Any and every type of addiction has consequences that result in negative, sometimes long-term, effects. Addiction directly affects the person involved, but can also have a serious impact on those closest to them. Different substances and behavioural patterns can cause serious disruptions in a person’s life. In more serious instances, it could even mean the end of their life.
Typical complication factors can include:
- Physical health problems, such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS and neurological damage
- Emotional and psychological problems, such as stress, anxiety and depression
- Social problems, such as damaged relationships, and even being charged and jailed for criminal offenses
- Economic problems, such as debt and bankruptcy