In our last blog post, we began a series that talks in detail about the most addictive drugs and how they affect our bodies. Many people never stop to think about how addictive various drugs are. We also never think about whether or not certain drugs are more addictive than others. Unfortunately, there are many popular drugs that are highly addictive. Often, these drugs take less time to cause an addiction and are harder to detox from, as well.
There are a multitude of drugs to be concerned about. Especially for parents that worry about their teen children. Below, you will find a few of the most addictive drugs and their effects, mentally and physically. These drugs are most commonly used by teenagers.
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Amphetamines – These drugs are a central nervous system stimulant. This means that when used, they’ll offer a burst of energy or excitement for a period of time. In addition, amphetamines cause the body to release chemicals called dopamine and catecholamine. These chemicals distort the brain’s reward pathway and cause strong addictive qualities. Amphetamines cause addiction quickly because tolerance builds rapidly, causing an increase in dosage. A serious side effect of too many amphetamines can be psychotic episodes.
Benzodiazepines – Widely prescribed by doctors to treat various conditions, these drugs are highly addictive and difficult to recover from. Several of the most common conditions “benzos” are used to treat include:
- Alcohol withdrawal
The most common type of benzos are Valium and Xanax. These drugs work well for their intended purposes but are often abused. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) established that benzodiazepines have a short half-life, causing abusers to develop a quick and dangerous tolerance – often in as little as six weeks.
Addiction symptoms include the same symptoms the drugs were used for; anxiety, insomnia and more. Detoxing from benzos is a long process that takes time, therapy and support.
If your teen son or daughter is suffering from a substance abuse problem, it's time to get them help. While it’s easy for them to believe they are alone in this struggle that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are numerous teens and young adults dealing with addiction, all over the world. Regardless of how bad drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available. Contact our substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC to learn more. Legacy Freedom is here to help you get your teen back on track to a healthier, happier life.
Be sure to visit with our other blog posts, offering more information on the most addictive drugs, below:
Most Addictive Drugs Part 1
Most Addictive Drugs Part 2
Most Addictive Drugs Part 3
Most Addictive Drugs Part 4