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The 10 Most Common Addictions

Addicts need to know everything they can about their addiction if they are looking to regain the control over their lives.

The 10 most known substance abuse in the UK include:

  • Tobacco (nicotine) - Above 40 Million Nicotine dependence may not look as dangerous as several other dependencies.
  • 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.
  • Even though smokers are aware of the negative consequences tobacco has on their health they can't stop smoking.
  • A clear indicator of addiction is wanting to stop but being unable to.
  • Learn how to stop using tobacco.
  • Alcohol - 18 Million
  • The social attitude of drinking can make alcohol dependence very tricky to quit.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Since Marijuana was legalized in some states, it has made it more socially acceptable.
  • This tendency can disorder individuals from Marijuana's addictive capabilities.
  • Level of cannabis sativa dependence might as well be developing as a result of increasing potency (above 60 percent) for the past decade.
  • Find out more about Marijuana dependence.
  • Painkillers - 1.8 Million
  • Codeine, Vicodin and Oxycontin are drugs mostly given to treat pain
  • Even prescribed painkillers can be addictive.
  • Painkillers addiction can start from very innocent levels of intake.
  • Until users try to quit prescription painkillers use, the majority won't even realize that they have become addicted.
  • Addiction can also develop from abuse of painkillers that are not prescribed.
  • Find out more on overcoming a painkiller addiction.
  • Cocaine - 821, 000
  • In the UK, the number of cocaine addictions is decreasing.
  • But the speed of reduction is low, with about 821,000 Americans being addicted by 2011.
  • 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 more about dealing with Cocaine addiction.

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  • Heroin - 426,000
  • Because of the severity of withdrawal, beating a Heroin addiction is extremely hard.
  • 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.
  • In the UK, Heroin abuse has been increasing, especially among young females.
  • This is an emanating fear over Heroin exploiters getting and spreading ailments such as HIV and AIDS by openly sharing 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.
  • Frequently, until they see that they can't feel normal without the drug users don't really notice the developing dependency.
  • Because they affect the chemicals in the brain, Benzodiazepines are extremely hazardous.
  • Retraction can be extremely dangerous without any medical help at time of detox.
  • Dependence on Benzodiazepine is what you should study in details.
  • 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.
  • These substances are extremely dependent, and acute withdrawal signs make stopping to be hard.
  • Users of stimulants can easily develop a dependency on the drug's exciting "high" making it very risky to overdose.
  • Discover about stimulant addiction.
  • Inhalants - 140,000 Users
  • Inhalants are unstable toxic drugs which makes this addiction extremely hazardous.
  • Substances like gasoline, household detergents, aerosols have severe effects and may have instant reactions leading to hospital admission or fatalities.
  • Recovering from inhalant use is made harder as the primary chemicals can stay in the body and brain for a long time after use.
  • Find out about Inhalants.
  • Sedatives (Barbiturates) - 78, 000
  • Barbiturate sedatives, famous by the name of sleeping pills are prescribed to millions of UK citizens to manage sleep disorders and anxiety.
  • Thousands of prescription users develop a dependency and lingering addiction to drugs like Lunesta and Ambien, every year.
  • Continued abuse stems from the mind-altering qualities of sleeping pills.
  • Learn how to treat sleeping pill addiction.