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10 Most Common Dependencies

A full knowledge of their problem is important for addicts who want to break the habit.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You know you depend on the it if you find it difficult to stop using the drugs after repeated attempts.
  • Discover how to stop using tobacco.
  • Alcohol - 18 Million
  • The cultural approval of alcohol consumption can make addiction difficult to detect.
  • 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.
  • Know more on alcoholism.
  • Marijuana - 4.2 Million
  • Since Marijuana was legalized in some states, it has made it more socially acceptable.
  • The shift can be a distraction from Marijuana's potential for addiction.
  • Marijuana addiction may also be increasing because of the influence (more than 60%) in the past 10 years.
  • Find out more about Marijuana abuse.
  • Painkillers - 1.8 Million
  • Some of the more frequently prescribed painkillers are drugs like Codeine, Oxycontin and Vicodin.
  • These drugs are addictive even though they're prescribed.
  • Painkiller addiction can start with levels of use that seem harmless.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Crack Cocaine is less costly with more adverse effects than the regular cocaine, and is accountable for crippling addictions and devastated lives.
  • Find out how to treat 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.
  • Healing Heroin addiction normally demands a combination of treatment and medications to assist take care of signs of withdrawals and addictions.
  • In the UK, Heroin abuse has been increasing, especially among young females.
  • Because these addicts use the same needles for injecting the substance, they run the risk of becoming infected with and transferring STIs like AIDS and HIV.
  • Learn how to treat a Heroin craving.
  • Benzodiazepines - 400,000
  • Benzos include Valium, Xanax, Diazepam and Klonopin and are given as drugs to regulate mood and manage issues like anxiety and stress.
  • Inability to lead a normal life without using these substances is what makes some addict become conscious of their dependence on drugs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn about dependency on stimulants
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Discover more with regards to Inhalants.
  • Sedatives (Barbiturates) - 78, 000
  • To treat stress and insomnia, millions of Americans are prescribed sleeping pills, or Barbiturates.
  • Prescription medications like Lunesta and Ambien cause thousands of users to build a tolerance and eventually addiction.
  • Constantly using sedatives can change the mind of the user.
  • Find out how to beat an addiction to sleeping pills.