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Ten Most Common Addictions

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

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

  • Tobacco (nicotine) - Over 40 Million Unlike other dependencies, nicotine addiction might not seem so dangerous.
  • Presumably, this is because the most severe effects of tobacco abuse take time to appear and they're legal and effortless to get.
  • Tobacco consumption has claimed more lives than any other additive drug.
  • Even though smokers are aware of the negative consequences tobacco has on their health they can't stop smoking.
  • Inability to stop despite having a desire is a sure sign of dependency.
  • Learn how to stop using tobacco.
  • Alcohol - 18 Million Users
  • Recognizing dependence on alcohol is difficult because its use is legal.
  • In spite of its legal condition, alcohol's potential for misuse leads consumers to several health dangers and likely dependence.
  • Alcohol misuse has several negative effects.
  • In addition to the thousands of lives taken by drunk drivers every year, deaths also occur from liver disease and alcohol poisoning.
  • Find out all you can about it.
  • Marijuana - 4.2 Million
  • It has become more socially acceptable to use Marijuana since it has been legalized in some states.
  • This move can distract people from Marijuana's addictive risk.
  • As Marijuana's effect becomes more pronounced, more people are becoming addicted to it.
  • Find out more about Marijuana abuse.
  • Painkillers - 1.8 Million
  • Codeine, Vicodin and Oxycontin are drugs mostly given to treat pain
  • They have potential for addiction despite that they are prescription drugs.
  • Dependence to painkillers can actually grow from seemingly very harmless levels of application.
  • A lot of prescribed painkiller addicts only realize they have a problem only when they try to quit.
  • Another factor that can promote dependence on sedatives is using it without authorization by a medical personnel.
  • Find out how to battle a painkiller addiction.
  • Cocaine - 821, 000
  • In the UK, the number of cocaine addictions is decreasing.
  • In 2011 about 821,000 Americans were still living on it, a proof that the decline needs some pushing.
  • Some people have destroyed their lives while others are heavy addicts because they have access to a less expensive and more powerful form of Cocaine known as Crack Cocaine.
  • Find out how to beat a Cocaine addiction.

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  • Heroin - 426,000
  • Because of the severity of withdrawal, beating a Heroin addiction is extremely hard.
  • During Heroin addiction treatment, a mixture of therapy and medication are used to help deal with withdrawal effects and cravings.
  • In the UK, Heroin abuse has been increasing, especially among young females.
  • There is great worry about Heroin addicts getting and spreading illnesses such as HIV and AIDS by using unsterilized needles for injection.
  • Learn how to treat a Heroin craving.
  • Benzodiazepines - 400,000
  • Conditions like stress and anxiety are treated with prescription mood regulating medications called "benzos' - Valium, Xanax, Diazepam, and Klonopin.
  • It isn't until they realize that they can't function normally without the drug that users realize the are developing an addiction.
  • Benzodiazepines strongly modify the brain's chemical structure and thus are particularly hazardous.
  • Withdrawal effects can be fatal during detox if not medically monitored.
  • Dependence on Benzodiazepine is what you should study in details.
  • Stimulants - 329,000
  • Stimulants vary from prescription drugs like Ritalin or Adderall, to illegal drugs such as Meth.
  • Breaking addiction to those drugs is challenging because of the severity of the medical conditions associated with quitting it.
  • Stimulant users have a high risk of dependence and overdose as they rapidly develop a tolerance to the drug's intense high.
  • Learn about dependency on stimulants
  • Inhalants - 140,000 Users
  • 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 about Inhalants.
  • (Barbiturates) Known As Sedatives - 78,000
  • Barbiturates sedatives, also known as sleeping pills are prescribed to millions of Americans to treat tension and sleep disorders.
  • Thousands of users of prescribed drugs like Lunesta and Ambien every year develop a tolerance to these drugs, which ultimately leads to addiction.
  • Constantly using sedatives can change the mind of the user.
  • Find out how to beat an addiction to sleeping pills.