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Addiction can be physical, psychological or both. Drugs like alcohol, cocaine and opioids (including heroin and fentanyl) cause both forms of addiction and can lead to uncomfortable and even life-threatening withdrawal symptoms when use is suddenly stopped. Though marijuana is a common drug of misuse, its use typically only leads to psychological addiction.
It’s estimated that around 10% of U.S. adults struggle with drug addiction within their lifetime, but only 25% of these people ever receive treatment. Addiction is a disease that develops for a variety of reasons, such as through substance misuse, mental health conditions, genetics, environmental factors and more.
Alcohol is the most popular recreational drug in America, with nearly 90% of adults having consumed alcohol at some point, and nearly 60% of adults and 20% of teenagers reporting that they consume alcohol at least monthly. In spite of its popularity, alcohol is a potent toxin that is associated with substantial risks to the health and wellbeing of people who consume it excessively.
Alcohol, cocaine and opioids are among the most commonly misused drugs. These substances directly trigger the reward centers of the brain, causing overwhelming feelings of pleasure. A person may want to use more of the drug in order to feel these same pleasurable side effects. However, the brain can quickly become dependent on these drugs, which compels a person to continue using them in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
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