Even when an individual has given up drugs and alcohol, the health consequences from the abuse may linger indefinitely. These health issues may cause mental and physical pain, worry and hopelessness, and a reason to self-medicate using drugs or alcohol (Beck, Wright, Newman, & Liese, 1993). So, get quality medical care. While abusing drugs, individuals do not often seek or comply with medical advice. Now that you are abstinent, it is important to have a regular physician you know and trust so you receive regular healthcare. Untreated diseases are a high health risk for those who have been abusing drugs or alcohol.
Have your physician run the required tests to:
- Ensure infections are identified and treated.
- Ensure heart, lung, nervous system, digestive, and liver damage are identified and treated.
- Ensure mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are identified and treated.
Review your Life Plan health goals regularly. Keep taking action on mental and physical health problems.