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Addiction 101 | Addiction Types
Because your doctor prescribed it to you, it must be safe, right? Unfortunately, drugs that are legally prescribed by a medical professional can sometimes lead to addiction. This implicates medications such as opioid pain relievers, benzodiapines (anti-anxiety meds), amphetamines, SSRI antidepressants and many more.
From heroin to cocaine to meth, illegal drugs are still a big business in the United States, and they’re still responsible for thousands of deaths each year. If you’re not quite sure of all of the dangers of these substances and how they can lead to addiction, then we highly recommend checking out our street drug resources.
While alcoholism is one of the most widespread types of addictions in the country, few know all the facts. Escaping the grip of the bottle is much easier when you understand how alcohol affects the body. This resource also explains why detoxification is so important for those trying to beat alcohol addiction.
There are certain types of addiction that don’t involve any type of substance at all (although they can co-occur with substance abuse). These are known as process addictions, and they can severely hamper one’s quality of life. Examples include gambling addiction, sex addiction, shopping addiction and eating disorders.
It is very common for addictions to occur at the same time as other mental health issues like depression.
Treating an addict’s substance abuse problem without treating their other mental health issues is rarely effective. This resource goes into the important link between substance abuse and mental health disorders.