Not all drugs are addictive. Some have wonderful benefits. But then there are drugs that, even if they have some positive benefits, also bring the addictive element along...
Not all drugs are addictive. Some have wonderful benefits, and are prescribed by doctors with good intention. But then there are drugs that, even if they have some positive benefits, also bring the addictive element along. Those are the ones that we will be talking about today.
Oxycontin is one of those drugs that has great potential for helping people in extraordinary pain, but brings a level of addiction-potential that can't be ignored. Often, patients who are properly prescribed the drug to alleviate legitimate pain often find that they can't stop taking it without serious withdrawal symptoms. When taken as a complete pill, it releases the medication over an extended period of time. The original formula was such that people cut the pill up and were able to produce an intense and rapid high. While the drug has been reformulated to resist or prevent this from happening, it won't change those who have died, nor has addictive qualities changed.
Methamphetamine, known also as crystal meth, is another highly addictive drug. Whether smoked or injected, it produces many effects, including euphoria, paranoia, and endless scratching (which is why meth addicts often have numerous scabs on their faces). The more you use it, the more of it you need to use to get the same results. As a result, becoming a meth addict is very simple, and happens quickly.
Alcohol has highly addictive qualities and causes long-term internal organ damage. Being legal, people don't consider the fact that they are slowly and painfully killing themselves, causing extreme physical dysfunction, and damage to their essential internal organs. Alcohol also disorients a person and they tend to lose perspective, causing injury and death to others, especially when operating machinery like cars.
Cigarettes, or more precisely, nicotine, is one the most addictive elements known to man. Millions of people have smoked cigarettes, and despite their best efforts to stop smoking, they find the withdrawal so painful and the attraction so strong. Nicotine patches help to ease the withdrawal symptoms, but the triggers that accompany smoking never vanish. Cancer, of course, is well-known as a primary side effect of smoking.
Heroin is also known as one of the most addictive drugs available today. Cheap, easy to access, and an opioid, heroin is a drug that once scared the everyday user, but that fear is gone for many today, as the cost of many other drugs continue to escalate. It is another drug, like crystal meth, that will give you a quick high, and then demand more and more to keep it going. Addiction is inevitable, and death is common with opioids.
Cocaine, and even worse, crack cocaine, are both physically and mentally addictive. Crack is cocaine that is œcooked with baking soda, and the first high from smoking crack is the best. The remainder of the time that a crack addict smokes is spent chasing that first high. Sadly, the more you smoke, the more you need and want to smoke. Targeting the central nervous system, the drug is a stimulant, well known for its ability to keep a person awake for days on end. Cocaine is generally snorted, permitting the drug to enter the bloodstream through the capillaries in the nose. Crack is generally smoked, permitting the vapor to enter the bloodstream through the lungs. An opioid, cocaine and its derivatives are highly addictive, and bring along a myriad of side effects, including paranoia, irritability, anxiety, nosebleeds, and difficulty swallowing.
Addiction is tough to beat. The safest way is to never abuse drugs. As they say, œJust Say No.
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