Substance abuse has been linked to changes throughout the skeletal system. While different drugs have different effects and these effects vary from individual to individual, substance abuse can have lasting and permanent effects on the human body. At our PHP rehab in Pompano, we are sharing some of the effects of drugs on the skeletal system that most people are not aware of to try and encourage people to get help for their addictions before it is too late.
The adult human skeletal system consists of 206 bones, as well as a network of tendons, ligaments, and the cartilage that connects them. The skeletal system’s main function is to form a solid framework that supports and protects the body’s internal organs and anchors the skeletal muscles. The skeletal system’s vital functions also include movement, blood cell production, calcium storage, and endocrine regulation.1 All of these functions are vital for survival.
Addiction is a disease, and it is a disease that can affect the skeletal system in several harmful ways. In particular, drugs affect bone in ways that can have a lasting impact. The effects of drug abuse on the skeletal system depend a lot on the drug being abused. Some drugs are more harmful than others. Unfortunately, a person who is addicted to drugs may not realize the harm they are doing to the skeletal system until the damage is already done.
Some of the effects of drug abuse on the skeletal system include: