The scariest thing about addiction is that it can affect anyone you know — and you may not even know it. Each year, millions of people, both adolescent, and adult succumb to addiction.
Whether you’re hoping to help a loved one get on the road to recovery or you’re looking for a better life for yourself, learning the facts is the first step toward healthier, addiction-free living.
Here are the most common drug addictions people seek treatment for.
Many people don’t think that alcohol qualifies as a drug. Yet according to traditional definitions, it indeed fits in the category.
Miriam-Webster defines a drug as, “a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body.”
Though alcohol is the most common drug in terms of social acceptance, its abuse isn’t any less dangerous.
An estimated 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related fatalities, including alcohol poisoning. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, that makes it the third greatest leading cause of death in the entire country.
Don’t let societal permissibility fool you, frequent alcohol use can kill.
It’s impossible to turn on the news without hearing a story about another fatal opioid overdose. In fact, few drugs have seen a rise as sharp as that of opioids.
While many health experts are left scratching their heads, things are so bad that opioid addiction has become a full-blown epidemic.
An estimated 46 people die each day due to opioid abuse each day, and trends show no signs of a change.
Perhaps the worst aspect of the crisis is that most opioid addictions don’t start by choice. Many common painkillers, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, feature the highly-addictive chemicals.
Before we go any further, we feel it’s important to note that marijuana use in and of itself isn’t altogether bad.
In fact, speaking from a medical standpoint, marijuana isn’t without its benefits. Proper usage can aid with inflammation, anxiety, and even some cancers.
Yet most marijuana use isn’t for medicinal purposes and can lead to overconsumption, thus causing a disruption in the user’s life. In fact, marijuana use is so common that it qualifies as the most common drug.
With a basis in the South American coca plant, cocaine is one of the most addictive stimulants on earth.
Cocaine use can make users feel extreme sensations of euphoria and rushes of energy, only to cause them to crash moments later. Cocaine is so addictive that a few experiences with the drug are enough to cause addiction.
And once a drug user becomes addicted to cocaine, things only get worse.
Soon, the addict will find that they need more cocaine to feel even a fraction of the high they felt before. They’re also likely to experience severe bouts of depression, paranoia, and respiratory issues.
A Common Drug Is Dangerous All The Same
These substances cause the most common drug addiction issues, ruining the lives of thousands each year.
If you or someone you know is dealing with addiction, consider your treatment options.
And if you’re the loved one of an addict, don’t forget that we offer support groups to help you learn how to help and love your addict through this tough time.