Different Types Of Addiction

The ever increasing cost of healthcare that is related to substance abuse continues to soar. Substance abuse healthcare debit is around $700 billion a year (NIH), these numbers include tobacco, illicit, and alcohol abuse among Americans alone.

Types of Addiction

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription drugs
  • Illicit street drugs

Tobacco use has been linked to over 480,000 deaths annually, in America alone. This number includes 18 year olds and older. Over 42 million American smokers were noted in 2013 (CDC), with 20.5% of them being male. Smokers between the ages of 25-44 have the highest prevalence of smoking and those over 65 years of age have the least smoking prevalence.

In 2013, 16.6 million Americans over the age of 18 were diagnosed with some sort of alcohol use disorder (NIH) with over 10 million being males. During this same year 10,076 fatalities were related to drivers under the influence of alcohol.

In 2010 alone 8.76 million Americans were reported to have abused prescription drugs including painkillers, tranquilizers, and stimulates (NIH).

In 2013 alone 24.6 million Americans over the age of 12 admitted to having utilized an illicit drug, with the past month. The numbers continue to increase annually. This same year over 19.8 million users were reported to have been a current user of an illicit drug (NIH).

Definition of Alcoholism

Alcoholism is characterized by excessive use of alcoholic beverages, with the inability to control the compulsive drinking habits. Psychological and physical dependencies are noted, with severe signs of withdrawal, if alcohol consumption is not skipped over a short period of time. Over time the user will need to consume more alcohol, just to get the same euphoria or high.

Signs of Coke Use Short Term

  • Dilated Pupils
  • Runny or congested nasal passages.
  • Epistaxis (nosebleeds)
  • Hyper-talkative
  • Hyper-alert
  • Euphoric and happy
  • Extremely Energetic

Long Term Signs

  • Insomnia
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Erratic Behavior
  • Uncontrollable Anger
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Muscle Twitching or Jerking
  • Vertigo (dizziness)

Meth Use Signs

  • Decreased Appetite with Weight Loss
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Uncontrollable Muscle Twitching
  • Epistaxis (nosebleeds)
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Lips, skin, fingertips become dry and cracked
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Diaphoresis (excessive sweating)
  • Skin Lesions (user will pick at skin continuously)
  • Meth Mouth (decayed teeth)

Behavior Signs of Meth Use

  • Mood Changes
  • Delusional/Hallucination
  • Suicidal Ideations
  • Short Term Memory Loss
  • Hyper-talkative
  • Increased Sleeping
  • Repetitive/Compulsive Behavior
  • Hyperactive
  • Paranoia

What are the Side Effects Of Cocaine

The individual with experience super euphoric feelings, then after 15-30 minutes this will change to aggressiveness, paranoia, irritability, tremors, vertigo, and anxiety.