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10 Most Known Addictions

People willing to get charge of their lives back need to understand everything about their addiction.

In the UK, these are 10 of the most usual substance addictions.

  • (Nicotine) Tobacco - More Than 40 Million Some substance abuse may seem more dangerous than a nicotine addiction.
  • Presumably, this is because the most severe effects of tobacco abuse take time to appear and they're legal and effortless to get.
  • No other addictive substance takes as many lives as tobacco use does.
  • A lot of smokers find it difficult to stop, in spite of the knowledge of the effects on their lives.
  • Inability to stop despite having a desire is a sure sign of dependency.
  • Learn how to give it up.
  • Alcohol - 18 Million
  • Alcohol addiction is more difficult to be noticed because alcohol use is socially acceptable.
  • In spite of its lawful acceptance, alcohol's possibility for over indulgence presents the users with various health hazards and probable addiction.
  • There are many hazardous consequences of alcoholism.
  • Many people lose their lives annually to drinking, apart from other negative side effects like abusing alcohol and liver dysfunction.
  • Know more on alcoholism.
  • 4.2 Million Users Of Marijuana
  • More people are using Marijuana because a couple of states have declared it a legal substance.
  • Marijuana dependency risks can be overlooked because of this.
  • As Marijuana's effect becomes more pronounced, more people are becoming addicted to it.
  • More on Marijuana reliance
  • Painkillers - 1.8 Million
  • Codeine, Vicodin and Oxycontin are drugs mostly given to treat pain
  • However, it doesn't mean that you can't get addicted to painkillers just because they are prescribed.
  • Painkillers addiction can start from very innocent levels of intake.
  • It isn't until they try to stop taking the prescription pain medication that most patients realize they have a problem.
  • Another factor that can promote dependence on sedatives is using it without authorization by a medical personnel.
  • Find out more on overcoming a painkiller addiction.
  • 821,000 Users Of Cocaine
  • Cocaine addiction levels in the United States are reducing.
  • However in 2011 there were still around 821,000 American citizens addicted, which means that this drop in numbers is at a slow rate.
  • Responsible for many hazardous addictions and destroyed lives is Crack Cocaine, a less expensive and more severe drug than ordinary Cocaine.
  • Find out how to beat a Cocaine addiction.

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  • Heroin - 426,000
  • Heroin withdrawal signs make overcoming a Heroin dependence a very hard thing to do.
  • A mix of therapy and medications is usually necessary to deal with Heroin dependency in order to make withdrawal side effects and cravings less severe.
  • Women in their early years are increasingly becoming Heroin addicts in the UK.
  • This is an emanating fear over Heroin exploiters getting and spreading ailments such as HIV and AIDS by openly sharing needles for injection.
  • How to handle dependence on Heroin is what you need to know.
  • Benzodiazepines - 400, 000
  • Benzos include Valium, Xanax, Diazepam and Klonopin and are given as drugs to regulate mood and manage issues like anxiety and stress.
  • Inability to lead a normal life without using these substances is what makes some addict become conscious of their dependence on drugs.
  • Benzodiazepines are particularly harmful due to the deep effects it has on the brain's chemical composition.
  • Retraction can be extremely dangerous without any medical help at time of detox.
  • Know more regarding addiction to Benzodiazepine.
  • Stimulants - 329,000
  • Stimulants vary from prescription drugs like Ritalin or Adderall, to illegal drugs such as Meth.
  • Intense withdrawal effects make it very hard to quit, as the drugs are very addictive.
  • A tolerance can occur in a short time which makes stimulant users take larger amounts and risk overdose.
  • Learn about stimulant addiction.
  • Inhalants - 140,000
  • Addiction to inhalant is especially harmful since Inhalants are unpredictable hazardous substances.
  • The consequences of these drugs (household cleaning products, aerosols)are intense and can have instant impacts including hospital care or death.
  • Total rehabilitation is very hard since chemicals that are the main part of Inhalants can stay in the brain and body of a user for a long time, even after quitting.
  • Find out more about Inhalants.
  • Sedatives (Barbiturates) - 78,000
  • In order to manage insomnia and anxiety, sleeping pills are recommended for millions of Americans.
  • Thousands of users of prescribed drugs like Lunesta and Ambien every year develop a tolerance to these drugs, which ultimately leads to addiction.
  • Continuous abuse is a consequence of using sleeping pills since they can cause modifications in user's brain.
  • Find out how to beat an addiction to sleeping pills.