Digestive Issues and Drug Abuse

Digestive Issues and Drug AbuseMedical conditions often will spark individuals’ curiosity in different drugs and cause sufferers to experiment with different drugs to self-medicate their symptoms. However, drug use can also be the cause of some medical conditions, or exacerbate existing issues. Individuals suffering with a medical condition like digestive issues and drug abuse should seek treatment for both co-occurring issues.

What Are Digestive Issues?

Digestive issues can range from mild to severe and in rare occasions can even be life threatening. Included in the following are some examples of digestive issues and/or diseases:

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Heart burn
  • Miscellaneous food allergies

Crohn’s disease is a form of chronic inflammatory disease that attacks the digestive track. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease can include abdominal pain and diarrhea along with possible weight loss. Crohn’s can be treated by lifestyle changes including adding exercise and changing one’s diet in combination with prescription medications. Heartburn can cause chronic cough and chest pain with a burning sensation. Certain foods, medications, excessive weight gain, and even stress can trigger heartburn. Heartburn can be treated with medications, home remedies, and diet changes. When an individual eats a food they are allergic to, it triggers a response from the immune system. This response and/or reaction can cause devastating illness and in some rare cases, death.

How Can Digestive Issues Lead to Drug Abuse?

Any medical condition can cause an individual to look for alternative methods other than seeking medical help. Included in the following are some examples of how digestive issues can lead to drug use and/or abuse:

  • Self-medication
  • Coping mechanism
  • Symptoms worsen

Self-medication is a common reason individuals become addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Experimenting with drugs, medications, and alcohol can cause adverse reactions and lead an individual even further down the road towards addiction. People suffering from digestive issues may try to self-medicate their symptoms or use drugs as a coping mechanism. By masking their symptoms with drug use, addicts and medical personnel are not able to determine the depth of the issue and may under-medicate or under-treat the condition.

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