How Drug Addiction Affects Existing Health Problems

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Drug addiction affects existing health problems by weakening the respiratory system, the reproductive system and the immune system, which can make any existing issues more severe. See how drug addiction worsens health problems with information from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on drug abuse.

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Hello I'm Dr. David Thomas, I'm a practicing therapist in the state of Florida working in Tampa, Florida. Our agency is Whitford Thomas Group. And today we're going to talk about how drug addiction affects existing health problems. Well certainly drug addiction regarding health problems, even if you do not have an existing health problems, certainly the toxicity of abuse and dependency on marijuana, alcohol, any type of pills can be a devastating process to the body. When we're talking about drug addictions, usually you're talking about affecting the system in three different ways. The first being the respiratory system, second is reproduction and third is the immune system. When you're dealing with respiratory issues, if you already have an existing problems, obviously if we use for example marijuana, ingesting and smoking marijuana, one you tend to keep in your lungs much longer so it has much more susceptible to affecting lung tissue in that. If we're looking at reproduction especially with marijuana use, probably the most profound is its effect on especially males, the ability to produce sperm. And certainly when you're looking at the idea of the immune system almost all drugs whether it be alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and you're dealing with the immune system, it just prevents the immune system to be able to fight off disease and viruses and things that tend to affect it. Again this is Dr. David Thomas and thank you for watching.

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