Does Drug Use Cause Memory Loss And Forgetfulness?

Memory loss is not just something that can occur from a major traumatic event or old age. In fact, there are many factors that can affect our memories, including our diet and overall wellness. One major factor that can lead to memory loss or forgetfulness is drug use. This condition is also known as drug-induced amnesia. 

Understanding Addiction and Drug-Induced Amnesia

Addiction is a chronic mental health disorder that manifests in a physical and psychological manner. There is no single reason why any one person does or does not struggle with addiction. In fact, there are countless reasons and risk factors that contribute to addiction. It is an illness that health care professionals, families, and individuals have been battling as long as time. Uncontrolled addiction carries many potential side-effects depending on the substances used, the amount used, and length of use, pre-existing health conditions, and any co-drug use. 

Amnesia is the medical term for memory loss. One of the potential side effects of drug abuse is that of memory loss. The majority of drug-induced amnesia cases are temporary and eventually, the memory problem resolves when the drug use stops. Unfortunately, recovering from addiction is no easy feat and long term drug use can make the condition worse and worse. 

Pharmaceutical Drugs that Cause Memory Loss

  • Antianxiety drugs
  • Antihistamines
  • Antiseizure drugs
  • Antidepressant drugs
  • Cholesterol drugs
  • Hypertension drugs
  • Incontinence drugs
  • Narcotic painkillers
  • Parkinson’s drugs
  • Sleeping aids

Illegal Drugs That Cause Memory Loss

Other Drugs That Cause Memory Loss

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol

Treating Drug-Induced Amnesia

Many of the drugs that cause memory loss also affect the flow of oxygen from the lungs to the heart, and the brain. The brain needs oxygen to function. This is likely why substance use and memory loss are connected. However, the body is extremely resilient, and when under the proper conditions it can bounce back quickly. Because amnesia caused by drug use often goes away when the drug use stops, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center is likely the best option for treating this diagnosis. Our rehab program provides a safe space to detox, as well as nutrient-dense meals, and access to activities that promote overall wellness. By treating your body well and giving it the proper nutrients, it can heal faster and more efficiently. 

Additionally, addiction and drug-induced amnesia are co-occurring mental health disorders. Our dual diagnosis program is created specifically to treat both of these afflictions simultaneously. 

Sharpen Your Memory: Quit Drug Use

Yes, drug use can indeed cause memory loss and forgetfulness, among many other side effects. The surest way to recover from the consequences of drug use is to stop using and lead a well-rounded life. Learn more about our addiction treatment programs and how we can help you get on the road to recovery.

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