Welcome back. In our last blog post we talked about the most addictive drugs and how they affect our bodies both mentally and physically. Sometimes, we aren’t aware of what drugs can do to our bodies before we decide to use them. It’s important to educate ourselves and our loved ones so that when faced with the decision whether to use or not, we are knowledgeable enough to say no confidently. Below, you’ll find more of the most addictive drugs.
Most Addictive Drugs
Methadone - This synthetic opiate that is highly potent is often used to wean addicts off heroin or other opiate drugs. Unfortunatly, methadone is a highly addictive drug that is abused. In addition, it's more addictive than heroin and harder to detox from, as well.
The drug has an extremely strong effect on the central nervous system. Strong cravings for compulsive use of the drug is the most serious, dangerous side effect.
Nicotine - Scientific data shows that tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. Approximately an astounding 16 million people suffer with some sort of illness that relates back to smoking or using other tobacco products.
While we might not think about nicotine as a "real drug" it absolutely is. Nicotine acts in the same way other addictive drugs do. It mimics our acetylcholine receptor in the brain and reduces the number of receptors produced by the brain. As a result, long-term brain changes are endured.
Cocaine - Causing dangerous effects and extreme addiction, cocaine is a drug that can affect our brain in ways that other drugs cannot. The drug causes the brain to produce a constant stream of dopamine while it's in our system. This stream prevents further dopamine production and closes down our receptors for this important chemical. As withdrawal begins, our brains crave the lost dopamine which causes a severe craving that is very hard to beat. Drug treatment in Charlotte NC is almost always needed to help withdrawal, detox and recover from a cocaine addiction.
Crack - With a half life lasting around 15 minutes or less, those that use this mixture of baking soda and powder cocaine end up using a startling and dangerous amount of this drug. According to beat.drugabuse.com, "Crack is smoked. This method of ingestion allows the drug to seep into lung tissues, producing a completely different result. Smoking crack causes the high to be much faster and more intense than the high traditionally felt from powder cocaine. Withdrawal symptoms can cause immense depression, agitation and insomnia – all of which drive an addict to keep using the drug."
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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