As you know, drug abuse is categorized into five different stages including experimenting with drugs, habitual use, drug abuse, dependence and addiction. Habitual use is the second stage of drug addiction. At this stage, the individual starts using the illicit drugs more regularly with a desire and like in the effects of these drugs. Many people manage to be at this stage of drug usage. However, it depends on the individual characteristics, type of drug used, and the frequency of use. But there are many risks associated with habitual drug usage. Have a look on a few of them.
- Substance abuse is illegal and it can influence the people to suffer from criminal behavior. Even handling, usage, purchasing and selling of these drugs is illegal and if one is found with any of these, he or she has to face a lot of dangerous legal issues.
- Habitual drug usage promotes several mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. In addition, if individuals suffering from mental health disorders get habituated to the illicit drugs, their disease symptoms are further increased.
- Using drugs regularly also causes damage to internal organs. Both recreational or occasional and habitual drug use has serious effects on brain, liver and heart.
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol rises the risk of accidents. Also certain accidents at workplace may occur because of the employees who are habituated to drug usage.
- It may happen that while using drugs regularly, there may be an occasional overdose. However, this poses much higher risk.
- It can even lead to full-blown addiction. Once a person gets addicted, many serious health issues and even death may result.
These risks are often dangerous for the abusers and even for the people surrounding them.