Is Addiction a Chronic Illness?

Substance abuse and addiction typically start by using addictive drugs for recreational purposes, whether they are over-the-counter or prescribed; abusing prescription medication; seeking out intoxication every time you use them.

Is Addiction a Chronic Illness?

Have you ever thought about your reactions to your actions? What you are doing now may impact things in your future, like your health. For instance, nicotine, drug, and alcohol usage costs the United States more than $740 billion a year in healthcare, crime, and lost productivity. Addiction is a chronic illness similar to other chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Substance abuse and addiction typically start by using addictive drugs for recreational purposes, whether they are over-the-counter or prescribed; abusing prescription medication; seeking out intoxication every time you use them.

Mental illness and substance abuse often go hand in hand. If you think you may have a mental illness, seek help immediately. Professionals like a licensed therapist or counselor will provide you with healthy coping skills to alleviate your symptoms without turning to nicotine, drugs, or alcohol.

Your mental health affects how you feel and act towards other people. It can also affect your physical health, so being healthy emotionally can help you live a balanced life, reduce the risk of depression, and improve self-esteem.

Peer pressure and temptation are large factors in substance abuse. Prevent these bad habits by removing yourself from people or situations where you feel pressured and tempted. If you surround yourself with people who abuse substances, you are at risk of also abusing substances.

Bad habits are choices that hurt your physical or mental health. Overeating, smoking, substance abuse can cause heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Having healthy habits can increase your lifespan, boost your energy, and improve your memory.

According to a recent study by Harvard University, people following healthy habits were 82% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65% less likely to die from cancer! Download the Lively Habits App to help you keep track of your 10 healthy lifestyle habits. Spend a couple of minutes a day to remind yourself of these healthy habits, and you could also live ten years longer! These 10 lifestyle habits can help strengthen yourself against COVID-19 risks, illnesses, and chronic illnesses. Stay safe out there!

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