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Medical Complications and Addiction

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Medical Complications

Medical complications, inherent or caused by addiction (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer or any number of ailments), can affect the progress of addiction recovery.  In order to receive the best outcomes for addiction treatment it is imperative that a medical doctor trained in both medicine and addiction understand how treatments for all issues affecting the patient co-exist.

Dr. Reeves specializes in people with complicated medical issues

Impaired professionals
Chronic cancer or non-cancer pain
Multiple prior treatment episodes
Complex medical issues with addiction (heart disease, type I DM, liver, kidney, infections, etc)

Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse

Medical ComplicationsDrug addiction is a brain disease. Although initial drug use might be voluntary, drugs of abuse have been shown to alter gene expression and brain circuitry, which in turn affect human behavior. Once addiction develops, these brain changes interfere with an individual’s ability to make voluntary decisions, leading to compulsive drug craving, seeking and use.

The impact of addiction can be far reaching. Cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and lung disease can all be affected by drug abuse. Some of these effects occur when drugs are used at high doses or after prolonged use, however, some may occur after just one use.

For more information on how various drugs of abuse affect different parts of the body, select an option below:

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse. Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse Retrieved from on November 27, 2015

Drug-related deaths have more than doubled since the early 1980s. There are more deaths, illness, and disabilities from substance abuse than from any other preventable health condition. Today, one in four deaths is attributable to alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use. Roland Reeves, MD

ROLAND REEVES, MD, FACS, ABAM founder of Destin Recovery in Destin, Florida has been Board Certified in both General and Vascular Surgery and is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine.

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