10 Common Substances People Get Addicted To.
If you’re a person that wants to gain control of your life back, knowing as much information about your addiction is important. The following lists the 10 most common addictions people suffer from across the United States. The most addictive drug in the United States is tobacco and nicotine followed by alcohol and opiates. However, the most addictive drugs in this writers opinion is Heroin and other opiates, due to the fact it can kill you much quicker.
Most Addictive Drug – Tobacco (nicotine) – Over 40 Million
Tobacco may not seem as harmful as many other addictions. This irrational thought process likely comes from the fact tobacco products are legal, easy to obtain and the worst side effects of usage take time to develop. Nicotine ranks #1, claiming more lives than any other addictive substance. Many smokers are aware of the damage it does to the body but cannot quit despite knowing this. Wanting to quit but being unable is a sure sign of addiction.
Second Most Addictive Drug – Alcohol – 18 Million
Drinking is socially accepted, making alcohol addiction hard to spot. Its legal status aside, alcohol’s potential for abuse opens users up to numerous health risks and addiction. These severe consequences include liver disease and overdose. In addition driving under the influence of alcohol claims thousands of lives every year and can lead to legal repercussions.
Marijuana – 4.2 Million
The legalization of marijuana in some states has made the drug widely acceptable. This trending sweeping the United States is distracting people from the drug’s addictive potential. Its increasing potency (over 60%) may also be linked to the expansion of marijuana addiction.
Most Deadly Addictive Drug – Painkillers – 1.8 Million
Painkiller including but not limited to Codeine, Vicodin, Oxycontin are commonly prescribed to treat pain. Although prescribed by a doctor does not mean they do not have the potential for abuse or addiction. Addiction to pain medication can develop from seemingly harmless amounts of use. Many patients are unaware they have a problem until they try to stop use. Pain-meds many times are abused without a prescription, which can also lead to addiction.
Cocaine – 821,000
Cocaine addiction rates have dropped significantly in the United States. However crack-cocaine, which is a cheaper and a more intense alternative to regular cocaine, is guilty for many destructive addictions and ruined lives.
Most Deadliest Addictive Drug Heroin – 426,000
Heroin use comes attached with severe withdrawal symptoms making defeating addiction a difficult task. Treating heroin addiction requires a combination of certain medications and therapy to help manage symptoms of withdrawals and cravings. Heroin abuse has been on the rise in the United States. There is concern of heroin users contacting and spreading diseases by sharing needles used for injection, which comes in contact with blood.
Benzodiazepines – 400,000
Benzodiazepines, also known as “Benzos” are prescribed as mood-regulating drugs to cope with conditions like anxiety and stress. This includes Valium, Xanax, Diazepam and Klonopin. Those developing an addiction to these drugs are oftentimes not conscious of it until they are unable to function normally with discontinued use, leading to seizures and other complications which can be deadly without medical assistance to properly detox.
Stimulants – 329,000
Stimulates range from an array of prescription drugs such as Adderall or Ritalin, to illicit substances like meth. These substances have strong addictive properties and intense withdrawal symptoms making quitting challenging. Users can rapidly build a tolerance to the drug’s euphoria leading to heightened risk of overdose.
Inhalants – 140,000.
Inhalant addiction is distinctly dangerous because inhalants are volatile toxic substances. The effects of these substances including gasoline, household cleaning products and aerosols are very powerful and can have immediate impact such as hospitalization or death. The chemicals found inside inhalants can linger in the body long after quitting use, making a complete recovery more troublesome.
Sedatives (barbiturates) – 78,000
Many Americans are prescribed barbiturate sedatives used to treat tension and sleep disorders. Thousands of people develop a tolerance to drugs like Lunesta and Ambien, making addiction more prevalent among users. These pills can bear mind-altering effects that sometimes lead to continual abuse.