What is an addiction to drugs? A concise answer is that it is a compulsive physical or psychological need to obtain more of a substance, even though you understand the harmful effects associated with its use. Depending on the drug or drugs of choice, it may take a while to reach the point of not being able to quit, or quitting for a short time and then relapsing. There are prescription and non-prescription drugs that are potentially addictive.
Popular Addictive Drugs
Nicotine: The potential for addiction to nicotine is on the same level as cocaine, alcohol and morphine, according to MedlinePlus. Withdrawal symptoms of nicotine use begin rather quickly after the last use – usually within two to three hours. Common symptoms include irritability, anxiety, headaches, sleeping difficulties, restlessness and difficulty concentrating.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine is a highly addictive psychostimulant that is sold as crystal meth for injection and “ice” or “glass” for smoking. Long-term meth abuse can lead to psychotic episodes, violent behavior, memory loss, mood swings and heartbeat irregularities.
Diazepam: Diazepam, also known by the brand name Valium, is a prescription medication for treating anxiety, seizures and muscle spasms. The first dose can trigger an addiction or dependence. Diazepam stays in the system for several hours, which increases the potential for easy addiction.
Schedule I and II drugs are considered to have a high potential for abuse. This includes hallucinogens, such as LSD, Mescaline and Psilocybin; dissociative drugs, such as PCP; club drugs, such as MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) and GHB; opioids, such as heroin and opium; and cannabinoids, such as hashish and marijuana.
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