When casual substance use reaches the point of physical dependence and addiction, regardless of the drug, or drugs, of choice, quitting is not easy. Certain chemical compositions do make the process even harder though.
Here are the 7 hardest drugs to kick:
The opiate is made from opium taken from the poppy plant. It is either smoked, snorted, or injected and rarely remains a casually used drug. A person’s first exposure to heroin can create the pain-free, euphoric high that is then chased after with each subsequent heroin use.One taste of the high and you have to feel it again. The trouble is, the first high is the best high. Have you ever heard the term “chasing the dragon”? The desire for that first high is like chasing after a mythical, non-existent creature.
2. Vicodin (and other pharmaceutical painkillers)
Created to mimic the painkilling effects of heroin, man made opiates are right up there with heroin in the difficulty it takes to quit. In what may have started as medical treatment for pain, can quickly spiral to daily abuse and addiction. The physical, emotional, and psychological desire to kill all pain is not easily abandoned, so like heroin, we see lots of pharmaceutical opiate overdose deaths.
Although legal, this drug will take over your life. For millions of people, drinking is a part of daily life that is justified by stress reduction, being social, or the fact that it is legal. A sign of addiction is how the body and brain react when the drug is not used, and quitting the use of alcohol most certainly yields palpable withdrawal symptoms. Since alcohol manipulates the brain’s reward system, the person craves the drug and when the craving is not satisfied, withdrawal can actually be fatal.
4. Crack Cocaine (and cocaine)
The smokable form of cocaine creates an intense rush that leaves the user constantly wanting more. Crack is one of the most addictive drugs available, and is definitely one of the hardest to quit.While we could name a celebrity who struggles with each drug on the list, the most recent news is that Lamar Odom, former Lakers basketball player married to Khloe Kardashian, is addicted to crack cocaine. His life is falling apart because of the drug, which shows just how hard it is to stop using crack once dependence has developed.
Crystal meth is intensely addictive and difficult to quit, and so are the pharmaceutical versions of amphetamines that millions of people are taking everyday. Adderall and Ritalin are over-prescribed to people of all ages who claim Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.These drugs teach the brain to want them more and more. The brain thinks that crystal meth is both dopamine and norepinephrine, so the happiness and excitement felt is unlike anything experienced before, making it extremely hard to quit.
Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin are the most well-known versions of these anxiety-reducing drugs. When used to treat anxiety and then stopped, anxiety returns tenfold and the person feels overly irritable and can experience intense panic attacks. The best solution? Taking another benzo. It is difficult to quit the drug that stops your anxiety.
Quite simply, nicotine mimics neurotransmitter that make you feel relaxed. Once physical dependence to nicotine has occurred, it is difficult to break. This explains why people still smoke cigarettes even though one in every five deaths in the United States is the result of smoking. This guest post was contributed by Kate Green. She is a drug recovery specialist, learn more about her work in addiction treatment with Balboa Horizons.