Most Addictive Drugs: Top 5 Addictions You Should Know About

Most Addictive Drugs: Top 5 Addictions You Should Know About


Substance abuse is a multifaceted problem
that affects addicts, as well, as those closest to them. From 2002 to 2015, the United States saw overdose-related
death rates increase more than six-fold. Our society regards addiction as using illegal
street drugs. But, that is an incorrect perception. Addiction can originate from life crisis,
physical injuries, and biological predispositions. Illegal substances aren’t the real problem. Legal substances, like alcohol, painkillers,
and prescription medications are the most abused substances. Continue watching to see a list of the most
abused substances today. 1. Alcohol
The most addictive drug in the world is Alcohol. The reason for alcohols addictive nature stems
from the acceptance of our culture. Alcohol originates from the need for clean
drinking water. Fermentation was discovered to kill harmful
bacteria in water. Even up until the late 18th century, clean
drinking water was more scarce than ale, or cider. Human societies that harnessed the power of
fermentation showed evolutionary superiority. Today, alcohol has long surpassed its use
as an alternative to clean drinking water. Alcohol is the most underestimated and consumed
addictive substance on the planet. 2. Amphetamines
Amphetamines, such as Adderall, are psychologically addictive when used regularly. Amphetamines are a stimulant that affects
the central nervous system. Users experience a heightened energy state
and stimulation of the brain’s reward center. With prolonged use, amphetamines can produce
psychologically addictive effects. Users associate the consumption of amphetamines
with a feeling of reward and gratification. Though amphetamines are psychologically addictive,
they are not considered to be physically addictive. This is because withdrawal symptoms are not
expressed through physical degradation. 3. Cocaine (Powder)
Cocaine, as it is known as “coke,” is a refined powder substance derived from the Coca plant. Cocaine is most commonly used as a recreational
drug, often being snorted in its powder form. It also takes form as an inhalant, smoke,
or injectable. The drug produces noticeable effects within
seconds of consumption. Users of cocaine risk forming a physical dependency
after as little as a single session of use. Cocaine strongly stimulates the brain’s reward
pathways for a short period of time. With continued use, users need a higher dosage
to experience a heightened mental state. Heavy doses of cocaine raise an individual’s’
blood pressure and body temperature. Repeated use can lead to stroke, internal
infections, respiratory problems, and cardiac arrest. 4. Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine)
Crystal meth is a neurotoxin to the human brain. Unlike amphetamines, use of meth will damage
your central nervous systems’ serotonin neurons. It also will reduce the gray matter and metabolic
functions of the brain. Crystal Meth is highly addictive because it
triggers the brain to produce high amounts of dopamine. The effects include euphoric sensations, high
alertness, heightened energy, hyper-focus, and heightened libido. Side effects of crystal meth include anxiety,
depression, suicidal tendencies, and extreme aggression. 5. Heroin (Diamorphine)
Heroin is the most recognized illicit opiate. One can consume it by mouth, injection, smoking,
snorting, or by suppository. Heroin is most recognized for its extremely
euphoric and addictive effects. Injecting heroin produces twice, to three
times the psychoactive effect of morphine. After injection, or consumption by other means,
the effects of heroin are nearly immediate and last for several hours. Users may experience side effects of dry mouth,
decreased respiration, and rapid onset of dependency. The right time to get treatment is now. Don’t let addiction control your future. Admitting you have an addiction is the first
step towards recovery. Don’t be afraid to open up to your friends,
family or colleagues about your problem. If someone you love suffers from addiction,
don’t wait. Call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration national helpline, at 1-800-622-HELP (4357). Also, visit the SAMHSA national helpline website
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