Some of the top addicting drugs in the country today include cocaine, heroin, alcohol, and barbiturates. What all of these drugs have in common is that they act upon the brain to create very pleasant sensations of happiness, peace, or excitement. This sense of acute pleasure is very short lived however as it will soon wear off.
Once the drug is out of the system, the addict will crave the wonderful experience created by the drug. The withdrawal period will become more and more unpleasant and the pleasure provided by the drug will fade as the brain becomes accustomed to the drug. This drives the addict to consume more and more of the drug in an effort to feel good all the time. Eventually it can become life threatening to try withdrawing from the drug.
Once a person becomes addicted to any of these drugs, he will lose interest in much of his previous life. Instead, life begins to revolve around trying to get more and more of the drug. An addict will lose interest in being around his former friends. Instead, he will prefer to spend time with other addicts, getting high.
There are many dangers associated with living an addicted lifestyle. With drugs that are injected, there is a danger of contracting diseases such as Hepatitis C or HIV infection. Alcohol can destroy the liver and may cause Korsakoff’s psychosis.
In addition to damaging the health, drug addiction can also lead to the loss of jobs and relationships. Although some people are able to experiment with addictive drugs and then leave them behind, many others become addicted to the pleasure they receive from the effects of the drug. An addicted person who wishes to quit will usually require the assistance of a rehab facility and may need to attend a support group for addicts.