How Chronic Substance Use And Addiction Increases Your Risks Of Infectious Diseases, Including The Coronavirus

Many substance users and addicts suffer with weakened immune systems. This puts them at a greater risk of infections, viruses, illnesses, cancer and even the coronavirus.

The chronic use of alcohol and nearly every type of drug that people misuse or become dependent upon, taxes the body, and more specifically, the immune system of an individual. This potentially results in compromised immune system functioning.

The use of most drugs that many people use recreationally and become dependent upon, including alcohol, leads to the suppression of the ability of the immune system to fight off infections, viruses, illnesses, impact the recovery from injuries and increase your risk of cancer development. In general, severe chronic alcoholics and drug addicts are considered immunocompromised hosts.

Dummies Guide To Harm Reduction For Those Who Are Addicted To Drugs And Alcohol

Harm reduction refers to a broad range of policies and practices that try to reduce the physical, mental and societal harms that people do to themselves and/or others from their drug and alcohol use.

This article covers a wide range of harm reduction strategies and best practice suggestions for those who use drugs and alcohol, those around them, their communities and the country as a whole, including those involved with sex work, those who drink/drug drive and what help and support is available to those who want it.