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The 10 Most Common Addictions

People should learn everything they can about their dependency if they want to take back control of their life.

These are the 10 most common substance dependencies across the UK.

  • Tobacco (nicotine) - Above 40 Million Addiction to nicotine is not termed as harmful as many other addictions
  • That is probably because the most dangerous symptoms of abusing them develop over longer time and also because they are accessible and legal.
  • Most deaths caused by addictive substances are attributed to tobacco abuse.
  • In Spite of their knowledge of the danger of using tobacco, some addicts find it difficult to give up the habit.
  • A clear indicator of addiction is wanting to stop but being unable to.
  • Get to know how to stop tobacco consumption.
  • Alcohol - 18 Million
  • The cultural approval of alcohol consumption can make addiction difficult to detect.
  • There are tons of health challenges, including the risk of dependence, that users of tobacco are exposed to despite the fact that it is not illegal to use it.
  • There are many side effects of using alcohol excessively.
  • In addition to the thousands of lives taken by drunk drivers every year, deaths also occur from liver disease and alcohol poisoning.
  • Know more on alcoholism.
  • Marijuana - 4.2 Million
  • The legalization of cannabis sativa in some states has turned the drug's application to being more socially allowed.
  • The shift can be a distraction from Marijuana's potential for addiction.
  • Marijuana's potency (greater than 60%) has surged over the last decade, which may also contribute to the increase in Marijuana addiction.
  • Find out more about Marijuana abuse.
  • Painkillers - 1.8 Million
  • Pain is regularly treated with prescription drugs like Codeine, Vicodin, and Oxycontin.
  • Painkiller prescription position does not imply they are not addictive.
  • Something that seems like a benign amount used can lead to dependency to painkillers.
  • A lot of prescribed painkiller addicts only realize they have a problem only when they try to quit.
  • Painkillers can also be misused even while prescribed, which can cause addiction.
  • You can overcome your reliance on sedatives, try to know how you can do that.
  • Cocaine - 821,000
  • 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.
  • Dependence on Cocaine can be broken if you care to find out how.

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  • Heroin - 426,000
  • Heroin has very serious withdrawal effects and this makes it very difficult to battle its addiction.
  • Using rehabilitation programs and prescription drugs to assist an addict cope with his desire for the drug and other medical challenges of quitting is an effective way to help an addict break the habit.
  • Abuse of Heroin had increased in the United States especially with young women.
  • This is an emanating fear over Heroin exploiters getting and spreading ailments such as HIV and AIDS by openly sharing needles for injection.
  • Learn about treatment of Heroin addiction.
  • Benzodiazepines - 400,000
  • To help some individuals cope with too much worries and stress, they are advised by doctors to use some Benzos such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Diazepam.
  • Those getting into addiction of these drugs only realize when they cannot function as usual without them.
  • Benzodiazepines are particularly harmful due to their very powerful effect on the brain's chemical composition.
  • Withdrawal effects can be fatal during detox if not medically monitored.
  • Find out about addiction to Benzodiazepines.
  • Stimulants - 329,000
  • Stimulants range from illegal substances like Meth to prescribed medication, like Adderall and Ritalin.
  • Severe withdrawal side effects mean that these substances are extremely addictive and very hard to quit.
  • Becoming addicted to the drug may arise as users use it regularly and frequently because they don't' feel the intoxicating effects on them as they used to.
  • Learn about stimulant addiction.
  • Inhalants - 140, 000
  • Inhalants are unstable toxic drugs which makes this addiction extremely hazardous.
  • Use of these substances - including gasoline, cleaning products, and aerosols - causes immediate extreme, severe effects that can lead to hospitalization or death.
  • Getting over addiction to these harmful substances is not easy because of the prolonged effects of the toxic chemicals on the brain after quitting them.
  • Find out about Inhalants.
  • Sedatives (Barbiturates) - 78,000
  • Barbiturates sedatives, also known as sleeping pills are prescribed to millions of Americans to treat tension and sleep disorders.
  • Each year, most of prescription exploiters develop a tolerance and ensuing dependence to substances such as Ambien and Lunesta.
  • Constantly using sedatives can change the mind of the user.
  • Becoming addicted to sedatives is serious, find out more about it.