Loss of Appetite and Drug Abuse: The Vicious Cycle

Drug abuse necessarily creates a depletion of nutrients within the body, due to overall loss of appetite and restricted financial means of acquiring healthy, wholesome food. While lighter drugs, such as marijuana, temporarily increase appetite, the neurological, behavioral and psychological patterns of hard drug abuse decrease appetite dramatically. In addition to this, hard drug abuse requires a great deal of financial resources to maintain, thus depleting money which would otherwise be spent on basic everyday uses, like groceries and mealtime preparation.

In a book by Bryan Lask and Rachel Bryant-Waugh, [1] they describe how the psychologies of drug abuse and eating disorders are both similar to self destructive obsessive compulsive disorders. The underlying problem for both is the inability to deal with daily recurrent stresses and the need to distract oneself over and over again. Just about any time the stress occurs or the reminder of personal inactivity occurs, the distraction must be used. This is a powerful motive, which can cause effective mental suppression of hunger pains or drug withdrawal. It is important to realize that drug abuse is not merely associated with simple appetite loss, but also with severe eating disorders.

Returning to the nutrition deficiency, this is where the cycle can really take effect. In order to successfully reproduce cells, the body must maintain a certain level of nutritional resources. Without these resources, mood is affected, depression becomes more prominent, the body feels listless and tired, and proper eating with exercise is actually taxing on the system. Drug abuse continues this cycle of depletion, starving your cells of the necessary building blocks with which to reproduce. The Manuel of Nursing Diagnosis by Marjory Gordon lists how important it is to have proper intake of fluids, vitamins, minerals and protein. [2]

This cycle can begin with either the drug abuse or the poor eating, and subsequent loss of appetite. Loss of proper appetite and substance abuse feed off of each other and create dangerous health conditions within the body, decreasing immune resistance to disease and infection. Sickness becomes much more likely to occur and, if either habit continues, more likely to grow into more serious health conditions.

It is important to maintain proper nutrition within one’s diet, as well as avoiding substance abuse. Healthy food and clean water increase endorphins within the body, reducing stress and raising the ability to handle difficult situations in life. Since substance abuse is commonly used to “escape” the pressures of everyday life, one must remember that nutrition can replace this need and strengthen one’s resolve. Contact CMM Technology today: +618-9204-2500.

1. Lask, Bryan , and Rachel Bryant-Waugh. Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence. 2000. Reprint. Hove, East Sussex: Psychology Press Ltd., 2002. Print.

2. Gordon, Marjory. Manual of nursing diagnosis: including all diagnostic categories approved by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association. 11th ed. Sudbury, massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett, 2007. Print.

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