How Addiction Affects Physical and Mental Health

Addiction is a disease that affects all aspects of a person’s life. Addiction takes the brain hostage and affects physical and mental health. When a person develops an addiction, they cannot stop the addictive behavior despite harmful and deadly consequences. The effects of addiction are severe and can lead to liver failure, heart disease, overdose, and death. Addiction causes disruptive sleep patterns, poor eating habits, broken relationships with loved ones, finances, and interferes with self-care.

Addiction and mental health

Addiction can heighten symptoms of underlying mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Gaining insight into the complex nature of addiction is helpful when developing a treatment plan. Mental health disorders and addiction must be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best success in recovery.

The physical, emotional, and mental health effects of addiction become more noticeable over time. Addiction clouds the mind with toxins and often goes unnoticed by the person who suffers from it. The brain becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol to function, which leads to cravings, intense withdrawals, and continued use.

Anyone can develop a substance use disorder or addiction. Drugs and alcohol make the brain release a burst of dopamine, which produces a euphoric high and pleasurable feeling. If drug or alcohol use continues, the person will develop a level of tolerance. This means more of the substance must be used to achieve the same pleasurable effect. Addiction causes a person to use more drugs or alcohol despite severe consequences.

Addiction can influence the intensity of mental health conditions. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD worsen with the use of drugs or alcohol. Many people who are battling addiction use drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with their mental health symptoms. In treatment, you will learn about healthy, substance-free ways to cope. 

Addiction and spiritual well-being 

Addiction makes an impact on a person’s spirit. Addiction can make you feel an enormous sense of guilt, shame, helplessness, and loneliness. Holistic treatment encompasses healing for the mind, body, and spirit and helps you to effectively transition into a healthy, new, sober lifestyle. In treatment, you will become more mindful of others and develop self-awareness. When you are sober, you can discover new interests and activities, learn about good nutrition, and necessary self-care.

Treatment for addiction, substance use disorders, and mental health

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction or substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, get help today. Addiction is isolating and makes you feel helpless, hopeless, and worthless, but you are not alone. Addiction is incurable, but it is treatable and recovery is possible.

Mental health and substance use disorders often co-occur and must be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis. Do not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Holistic treatment focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit while helping you make a smooth transition into a new, sober, healthy lifestyle. Break the chains of addiction and rebuild relationships with a renewed spirit, and rejuvenated you.


Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.