Quality women’s drug rehab centers can be effective at any time during an addict’s life, but it is always best to seek treatment as early on in the addiction as possible. By seeking treatment from a womens drug rehab early on, women may be able to avoid some of the negative consequences of drug abuse.
Beyond the direct health effects of drug abuse, there are also certain diseases, which can be spread through drug use or through the actions that may come from drug abuse. These diseases are a prime example of the problems that may be able to be avoided if help from a womens drug rehab is found early on. One of the most common diseases spread through drug use and actions associated with drug use is AIDS caused by the HIV virus.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It develops into AIDS, which stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It exists in white blood cells thereby affecting the immune system of the person infected.
HIV and AIDS eventually lead to death from the effects of many illnesses at once, sometimes by illnesses that would not phase a healthy person but causes complications because of the low immunity of the infected person.
More than seventy percent of the cases of AIDS amongst women in the United States are drug related. This statistic is staggeringly high. AIDS is developed after a period of time after contracting the HIV virus.
A person may feel fine, showing no symptoms whatsoever for years after contracting the HIV virus but as the immune system breaks down, a person’s illness will progress and the HIV will develop into AIDS.
HIV is spread through blood or other body fluids. One of the most common ways that the HIV virus is spread amongst drug users is through the paraphernalia used to take the drugs. Shared needles, cotton swabs, rinse water and cookers may all be ways of spreading and contracting HIV from an infected person.
Another common way that HIV is spread is through the actions caused by the drug use. Because drug use lowers inhibitions, women using drugs are far more likely to be involved in risky sex, often without protection. This risky sexual behavior can put those involved in danger of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Continued drug use for a person infected with HIV can make matters even worse. Continued drug use can leave the user susceptible to more illnesses that the body will not be able to fight off because of the weakened immune system. Additionally, continued drug use may allow situations and behaviors that will put others at risk of contracting the virus.
Destination Hope: The Women’s Program is well versed in the consequences of drug use. The goal is to prevent as many of the consequences as possible by helping women get the proper treatment before it’s too late and for those who are already suffering severe consequences to avoid further anguish.
Destination Hope: The Women’s Program offers a womens drug rehab that is unparalleled in the treatment industry. Our programs are specifically for women and all clients receive individualized treatment plans to meet their specific needs.
If you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism or addiction to drugs, call our counselors today. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have and get you the help you need to get your life back on track.