It isn’t a surprise that addiction and drug abuse affect all parts of the human body. For some of us, we learned the hard way. And through treatment, we have come to understand that what we were doing to our bodies while dependent on drugs was the slow unraveling of many of our mental, emotional, and physical systems. Simply put, addiction was chipping away at all parts of us. We may not have understood or noticed it at the time, but we have learned that these effects are far more significant than we probably ever realized.
Our body systems, our mental and emotional processing, and even our mood, equilibrium, and sense of well-being are all conditioned while under the influence. Some of this deterioration and damage is no doubt physical, as substance abuse fundamentally compromises our organs and senses.
One of these is our eye health and vision.
It’s crucially important to understand that identifying someone’s drug use is not always as apparent as it looks when dramatized in movies and on TV. But even when not apparent, many drugs manifest in their users similarly, and there are definite clues to determine if someone might be using them.
Cocaine is one of those drugs. It is an alluring and addictive substance. It has even been portrayed as its own character in popular culture – personified as a temptress, gangster, powerbroker, and life of the party. But as we know, the way anything is portrayed for entertainment – especially drug use and its glorification – is never what it truly is. Behind the notorious rock-n-roll cocaine heyday and the white-powder-fueled endless social (and sexual) possibilities lies a false seductress promising a portal into a non-stop, amped-up party with seemingly no consequences but a twenty-four-inch waist and never-ending energy.
Robert Downey Jr.’s 20-year-old son Indio Downey was arrested Sunday July 29th in West Hollywood, CA for cocaine possession. The 20-year-old was a passenger in the car that was pulled over after officers allegedly saw Downey smoking from a pipe. This is unfortunately not the first time we are hearing about substance abuse issues for 20 year-old Downey. Last year we wrote about young Downey’s struggle with pain pill abuse and subsequently his stay in rehab. His recent arrest suggests that he is still very much struggling with addiction. Addiction & Genetics Robert Downey Jr. very publicly had his own…