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7 Extremely Addictive Substances

The most addictive substances commonly used and abused often lead to severe impacts on an individual’s life. These impacts can affect social, professional, and personal relationships as well as affect physical and mental health.

Continuing to use and abuse these substances can be devastating and lead to lifelong impacts on different areas of life. These impacts can be difficult to reverse and often lead to fatal results. Receiving the right kind of professional care to combat addiction to these substances is crucial to surviving the dangers that can occur. 

1. Alcohol

Alcohol is 1 of the most widely used and abused substances in the United States. The number of people who are struggling with alcohol addiction on a daily basis is staggering, and the number of those people struggling who receive proper care is low.

Additionally, alcohol addiction can lead to devastating results. Because this substance is 1 of the most addictive substances, ending abuse and addiction to alcohol can be extremely hard. Struggling with alcohol can lead to gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer, and liver disease.

These health conditions can impact a person’s daily life and capabilities, and they can lead to further health issues and complications that can be deadly. Alcohol withdrawal can be extremely dangerous, and those looking to heal and begin a life of recovery should seek professional help to address symptoms of alcohol withdrawal that can be dangerous.

2. Meth

Meth is another of the most addictive substances. The drug is a powerful synthetic stimulant drug that comes in a powder or crystalline form. This drug can be snorted, smoked or injected and produces a euphoric high that is highly sought after in people who abuse this substance.

Meth abuse can lead to paranoia, psychosis, heart problems, skin sores, and dental problems. Getting help as soon as possible can help to limit the impacts that meth can have on someone’s life.

3. Methadone

Methadone is a drug intended to help those struggling with heroin and opioid painkiller addiction to fend off cravings and be able to avoid using those substances. However, it is highly abused illicitly on the streets. It comes as a tablet, oral solution, or liquid that can be injected to reach the desired effects.

Withdrawal from methadone can be severe, leading to muscle aches and cramps, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. These symptoms are extremely uncomfortable and painful to get through alone, and often lead to using the substance again.

4. Heroin

Another of the most addictive substances is heroin. This is 1 of the more commonly abused drugs in America, and a leading cause of overdose and overdose death. Heroin is man-made, and illicitly produced, there is no regulation for what goes into it and how much.

It is often mixed with other drugs, such as fentanyl, and this can have deadly results. Withdrawal from heroin is an extremely unpleasant and painful process, and having professional guidance and support through this process can help someone successfully find recovery from heroin addiction.

5. Benzos

Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a class of drugs prescribed in the treatment and management of sleep and seizure disorders. They slow brain activity and produce a sedated, calming effect in users. Abusing benzos can lead to severe impacts to a person’s life and overall well-being.

As a central nervous system suppressant, benzo abuse can cause respiratory distress, slowed motor function, impaired cognitive function, and memory problems. Withdrawal should be medically monitored as benzodiazepine withdrawal can be dangerous and deadly.

6. Cocaine

As a powerful stimulant drug, cocaine can lead to dangerous effects in a person’s life. It can lead to addiction affecting personal, social, and professional relationships, and affects mental and physical health. It comes in a powder substance and can be snorted or injected to produce a euphoric high.

Cocaine also contributes to exacerbated anxieties, depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and heart issues. Addressing addiction to cocaine is crucial to survival and preventing complications.

7. Nicotine

Due to its addictive nature, nicotine is another example of an addictive substance available worldwide. Available on almost every street, and in every store, nicotine products lead to addiction in smokers that leads to deadly results. Smoking often leads to different types of cancers, heart problems, and breathing problems. Nicotine toxicity can lead to overdose and death.

When someone tries to stop smoking nicotine products, they could exhibit withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include irritability, cravings for nicotine, trouble sleeping, sweating, issues with concentration, and increases in appetite. 

Healing from Addiction

Addiction is a monster that can wreak havoc on a person’s personal, social and professional life. Thus, struggling with substances can lead to devastating results for the individual struggling as well as their loved ones. Someone getting proper professional care can help them prevent a severe impact on their life. Detox can repair any damage done.

If you or a loved one are struggling with substances like alcohol and heroin, we can help. At Enlightened Recovery, we offer comprehensive care that can address the issues caused by, and leading to using these substances as a means of coping.

Call us today and begin a journey to recovery.

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