Most Addictive Drugs

There is a common misconception that if any substance is addictive that quitting will have severe health ramifications. That just isn’t always the case. If we look at nicotine, for example, quitting wouldn’t ever mean having to go through detox at a rehab center, and the health benefits are immediate once you put out your last smoke – and nicotine is even more addictive than heroin, alcohol, cocaine and many other substances.

On the other hand, many drug and alcohol addictions require detox to end. Some of the most addictive drugs include the following:

  • Benzodiazepines (benzos)
  • Opioid Painkillers
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Molly (ecstasy)
  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamine

Quitting Cold Turkey

Literal cold turkeys.
Literal cold turkeys.

Though some of the substances mentioned above aren’t technically or chemically as addictive as smoking, quitting them cold turkey on your own isn’t only going to be an emotional challenge but withdrawal effects can be painful or dangerous in ways you weren’t expecting. In fact, some substances -like alcohol- have withdrawal symptoms as severe as seizures and migraines. Quitting other drugs cold turkey can also lead to depression, excessive sweating, anxiety, paranoia, and relapse.

Supervised Detox

Because of the severity of so many substance abuse withdrawal symptoms and the difficulty in ending an addiction, rehab is highly recommended for those who want to quit. And seeing as generally the most intense withdrawal symptoms happen over the first few days of quitting, a period of supervised detox in South Florida is administered by any effective rehab center.

The reason detox is considered different from rehab is because therapies and classes are near impossible for someone going through withdrawal symptoms. A good way to think of detox is that it mostly treats the physical component of addiction while rehab focuses on the psychological addiction.

If you or a family member has a substance addiction, contact us and we’ll help you figure out the best path to sobriety.  

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