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Ten Most Common Addictions

Individuals who want to retake control of their life should deeply understand more with regard to their addiction.

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

  • Tobacco (nicotine) - Over 40 Million Addiction to nicotine is not termed as harmful as many other addictions
  • This is mostly because tobacco products are easily accessible and lawfully recognized, and severe side effects take long to show.
  • 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.
  • The desire to quit, but lack of willingness is a clear indication of addiction.
  • Discover how to stop using tobacco.
  • Alcohol - 18 Million Users
  • The social attitude of drinking can make alcohol dependence very tricky to quit.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol misuse have various harmful effects.
  • On top of death from liver failure and alcohol overdose, many lives are lost every year through drunk driving.
  • Find out all you can about it.
  • Marijuana - 4.2 Million
  • 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.
  • 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 dependence.
  • Painkillers - 1.8 Million
  • Codeine, Vicodin and Oxycontin are drugs mostly given to treat pain
  • Painkiller prescription position does not imply they are not addictive.
  • Dependence to painkillers can actually grow from seemingly very harmless levels of application.
  • 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.
  • Cocaine - 821,000
  • There is a gradual decline in the number of users of Cocaine in the UK.
  • 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
  • Heroin has very serious withdrawal effects and this makes it very difficult to battle its addiction.
  • During Heroin addiction treatment, a mixture of therapy and medication are used to help deal with withdrawal effects and cravings.
  • Abuse of Heroin had increased in the United States especially with young women.
  • There is increasing concern that needle sharing between Heroin users will lead to contracting and spreading disease such as HIV and AIDS.
  • Learn about treatment of Heroin addiction.
  • 400,000 Users Of Benzodiazepines
  • Conditions like stress and anxiety are treated with prescription mood regulating medications called "benzos' - Valium, Xanax, Diazepam, and Klonopin.
  • People growing dependent to these substances most of the times are not mindful until they can't operate naturally without the drug.
  • Benzodiazepines are particularly harmful due to the deep effects it has on the brain's chemical composition.
  • If detox is done without physician control withdrawal can even be fatal.
  • Find out more about Benzodiazepine addiction.
  • Stimulants - 329,000
  • Stimulants are very diverse because they can be illegal drugs like Meth, but they can also be prescription substances like Adderall or Ritalin.
  • 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.
  • Addiction to stimulants is a serious problem you need to know more about.
  • Inhalants - 140, 000
  • Due to the volatility of these drugs, they are more hazardous than others.
  • The consequences of these drugs (household cleaning products, aerosols)are intense and can have instant impacts including hospital care or death.
  • Chemicals dominant in Inhalants can remain in the body and brain long after ceasing utilization, making full recovery a big challenge.
  • 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.
  • Prescription medications like Lunesta and Ambien cause thousands of users to build a tolerance and eventually addiction.
  • Sleeping tabs can create mind-altering consequences that lead to continued misuse.
  • Find out more on treatment for sleeping pills addiction