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What Are The Most Common, Most Difficult Addictions?

Defined, addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease with symptoms of compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Addiction isn’t a choice; the first use may have been, but the disease is not. Substances change the way the brain works, and some may have more impact on a person’s physiology and behavior than other substances. The following are some of the most addictive and most difficult addictions to handle—fortunately, they are treatable with professional help:

  1. Tobacco (nicotine) – Even though tobacco is legal (so is alcohol), it is deadly. It kills more people than any other addictive substances, and despite warning labels, people have difficulty quitting.
  2. Alcohol – Americans love their alcohol, and for those with a drinking problem, it can be even harder to quit because it is everywhere. Alcohol is extremely hard on the body, has numerous negative consequences, and claims lives with liver disease, overdose, car accidents, and numerous other complications. Plus, withdrawal can be deadly.
  3. Marijuana – Yes, it’s popular, especially with new legalization laws, but this turns the public’s eye away from the potential for addiction. Marijuana addiction is real and is treated everyday in treatment centers.
  4. Painkillers – Opioid addiction is growing. Many people who have an addiction to prescription pills don’t know it until they run out and withdrawal sets in.
  5. Cocaine – Though the rate of cocaine addiction is slowly declining, it is a tough psychological addiction to beat.
  6. Heroin – A huge part of the opioid epidemic, heroin is the number one drug involved in drug-related deaths. The withdrawal from opiates can be severe, which often prevents users from quitting.
  7. Benzodiazepines (benzos) – Prescriptions such as Xanax and Valium are prescribed for anxiety disorders, yet can create severe physical and psychological dependence. Withdrawals from benzos can be deadly without medical assistance, and are particularly dangerous due to the change of chemical makeup in the brain.
  8. Stimulants – Adderall, meth, cocaine and more are grouped into the stimulant category, and all can create deep, psychological drug addiction. Withdrawal can be difficult with users often returning to use.
  9. Inhalants – These chemicals, e.g., gasoline, aerosols, cleaning products, etc., are highly toxic and can be deadly. They can stay in the body and brain for long periods of time, and can make for a difficult recovery.
  10. Sedatives – The overuse of sleeping pills can create dependence due to the building of a tolerance. There are also mind-altering effects that contribute to addiction.




If you are battling an addiction, call the Serenity Recovery Center. Addiction is a treatable disease, and we can help you begin on the path to healing. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). You can recover, and your life can change. Call now.