Addiction

Addiction is a serious problem in our society. Obviously, as an addiction treatment company, we value the possibility of saving those from the depths of addiction. However, there will be many people who never make it to recovery. It is a sad reality that must be looked at honestly. So, what is addiction, what kinds are there, and how do we stop it?

Addiction and the Mirror

What is addiction?

A brain disorder, addiction (substance use disorder) is the compulsion or inability to stop using substances.[1] Regardless of the negative consequences, the addict or alcoholic has an intense need to consume the substance. The disease of addiction is so powerful that people struggling will continue to use knowing it will result in problems. This is the dilemma for us addicts and alcohol.  

The Major Drugs

List Of Addictive Substances

Depressants

Alcohol

Benzos (Xanax, Valium, Ativan) 

Barbiturates (Phenobarbital, Luminal, Butisol)

GHB

Sleeping pills (Trazadone, Ambien, Doxepin)

Methadone

Suboxone

Codeine (Lean and hydrocodone)

Fentanyl 

Morphine 

Dilaudid 

Oxycontin 

Stimulants

Cocaine 

Adderall 

Amphetamine 

Methamphetamine 

Ecstasy 

Ritalin 

Inhalants

Solvents:

Gasoline

Glues

Markers

Dry Cleaning fluids

Aerosols:

Spray paint

Deodorant Sprays

Cooking sprays 

Gases:

Refrigerants

Butane Lighters

Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)

Chloroform 

Hallucinogens

LSD

Ketamine

Shrooms 

PCP

Mescaline 

Salvia

Cannabinoids

Marijuana 

Hashish

Types of Addictions

Substance use disorder is the most well known form of addiction. However, there are many different types of addictions. Each addiction has unique challenges and obstacles to overcome. Accordingly, each addiction is a type of phenomenon that illicit major cravings and the inability to control the use (regardless of negative consequences related to the addiction). Most people can easily spot the signs of addiction. Still, addiction is an elusive disease, and brutal honesty is required to admit that you have a problem. 

Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder is obviously related to the abuse of drugs and alcohol (as we discussed above). 

Sex Addiction

Sex addiction is a difficult thing to gauge. Because sex is a normal and healthy human act, it is hard to say what is and what isn’t addictive. 

Gambling addiction

Gambling, because of it’s high stakes nature, creates a euphoric feeling that leads to addiction. 

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a type of addiction, and can cause serious health, personal, and social issues for those who struggle with them. 

Internet/Video Game addiction

Video games are an addictive past time. If you spend countless hours playing video games, missing important life activities, it might be time to look at change. Conversely, internet addiction is also becoming a problematic issue for people. 

Porn Addiction

Porn addiction is time consuming, upsetting, and misleading. Because of the prevalence porn has in our society, it’s hard to understand whether or not watching it is bad or unhealthy. Nevertheless, if porn is consuming countless hours of your time and stopping you from participating in healthy relationships, you may have a porn addiction.