Autoimmunity and Addiction

Unfortunately, there is disease and sickness out there that can cause an addiction to drugs or alcohol. For those experiencing symptoms that come from diseases, medication can become a way of life.

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According to healthline.com, "An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy cells. An autoimmune disease can affect one or many different types of body tissue, depending on the type. It can also cause abnormal organ growth and changes in organ function."

The most commonly affected areas of the body are as followed when dealing with an AD:

  • joints
  • muscles
  • skin
  • red blood cells
  • blood vessels
  • connective tissue
  • endocrine glands

Many who suffer from an AD have pain, inflammation, fatigue and problems sleeping due to a series of various symptoms.

There are 144 different types of autoimmune diseases that are recognized all over the world. Below, you'll find a list of each type.

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  • Wegener’s granulomatosis (or Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA))
  • Vitiligo
  • Vasculitis
  • Uveitis
  • Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD)
  • Ulcerative colitis (UC)
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS)
  • Thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)
  • Temporal arteritis/Giant cell arteritis
  • Takayasu’s arteritis
  • Sympathetic ophthalmia (SO)
  • Susac’s syndrome
  • Subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE)
  • Stiff person syndrome (SPS)
  • Sperm & testicular autoimmunity
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Scleroderma
  • Scleritis
  • Schmidt syndrome
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Relapsing polychondritis
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum
  • Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA)
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Progesterone dermatitis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Postpericardiotomy syndrome
  • Postmyocardial infarction syndrome
  • Polymyositis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Polyglandular syndromes type I, II, III
  • Polyarteritis nodosa
  • POEMS syndrome
  • Pernicious anemia (PA)
  • Perivenous encephalomyelitis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Pemphigus
  • Parsonnage-Turner syndrome,
  • Pars planitis (peripheral uveitis)
  • Parry Romberg syndrome
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)
  • Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD)
  • PANDAS
  • Palindromic rheumatism (PR)
  • Optic neuritis
  • Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid
  • Neutropenia
  • Neuromyelitis optica
  • Narcolepsy
  • Myositis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Mucha-Habermann disease
  • Mooren’s ulcer
  • Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)
  • Microscopic polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Lyme disease chronic
  • Lupus
  • Linear IgA disease (LAD)
  • Ligneous conjunctivitis
  • Lichen sclerosus
  • Lichen planus
  • Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Juvenile myositis (JM)
  • Juvenile diabetes (Type 1 diabetes)
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Interstitial cystitis (IC)
  • Inclusion body myositis (IBM)
  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • IgG4-related sclerosing disease
  • IgA Nephropathy
  • Hypogammalglobulinemia
  • Herpes gestationis or pemphigoid gestationis (PG)
  • Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP)
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Graves’ disease
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  • Goodpasture’s syndrome
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Giant cell myocarditis
  • Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)
  • Fibrosing alveolitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Evans syndrome
  • Essential mixed cryoglobulinemia
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Eosinophilic fasciitis
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
  • Endometriosis
  • Dressler’s syndrome
  • Discoid lupus
  • Devic’s disease (neuromyelitis optica)
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CREST syndrome
  • Coxsackie myocarditis
  • Congenital heart block
  • Cold agglutinin disease
  • Cogan’s syndrome
  • Cicatricial pemphigoid
  • Churg-Strauss
  • Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO)
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  • Chagas disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Castleman disease (CD)
  • Bullous pemphigoid
  • Benign mucosal pemphigoid
  • Behcet’s disease
  • Baló disease
  • Axonal & neuronal neuropathy (AMAN)
  • Autoimmune urticaria
  • Autoimmune retinopathy
  • Autoimmune pancreatitis
  • Autoimmune myocarditis
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED)
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Autoimmune encephalomyelitis
  • Autoimmune dysautonomia
  • Autoimmune angioedema
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Anti-GBM/Anti-TBM nephritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Amyloidosis
  • Alopecia areata
  • Agammaglobulinemia
  • Addison’s disease

Because there are many different types of AD and various symptoms that come with these diseases, doctors prescribe pain medicine and other drugs that can sometimes be addictive. In addition, many that suffer tend to self-medicate with alcohol to mask symptoms.

It's important to understand that self-medication with alcohol to mask symptoms can lead to an alcohol addiction. Becoming more aware of autoimmune disease can help you better understand why getting medical help is necessary.

To learn more about autoimmunity and addiction, be sure to visit back soon. Our next blog post will have more statistics and facts about this subject.

Are you currently undergoing treatment for addiction or autoimmune disease? Do you suffer from an addiction and can't seem to find the light in your dark situation? Does a loved one still suffer from substance abuse, no matter how hard you've tried to help them? Any of these situations can cause great depression and despair. If you're struggling with addiction, directly or indirectly, Legacy Freedom can help. We offer the best alternative therapy for those ready to rejoin life, alcohol-free. Contact us to learn more.

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