When a person is using substances, it usually starts as casual abuse. Some drugs can cause a person to be addicted overnight, while others seem to creep into addiction out of nowhere. When a person is addicted to a drug, they have a substance use disorder. Some drugs are more dangerous than others because of their unique chemical makeup and the effects on the body. Recovery is possible no matter what drug a person uses. However, if you’re addicted to a drug like Oxycontin or crystal meth, the effects of withdrawal from the drug can be more intense than others.

Dangerously Addictive Drugs

All drugs can cause physical changes in the brain, but some alter brain chemistry for days or weeks while others only affect the user while they’re high or drunk. Some substances, such as alcohol, become more dangerous once a person is physically dependent on them after regular use for some time.

  • Alcohol. Alcohol can be physically addictive. Aside from alcohol poisoning (overdose), physical withdrawal can be dangerous for somebody who has been drinking heavily for years. It can cause seizures, hallucinations, and death when not handled properly.
  • Opioids/Opioids. Heroin, Vicoden, Oxycontin and other opioid drugs have caused thousands of overdoses in the past few years, outranking deaths from car accidents and suicide.
  • Crystal meth. Methamphetamine is a dangerous and powerful drug, with many people describing as being addicted after just one use.
  • Benzos. Benzodiazepines help people with anxiety and sleep but are easily abused. Withdrawal is dangerous and must be monitored for adverse reactions. Benzos include Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and other sedatives.

When is a Person Addicted?

A person is addicted when they can’t stop using their substance of choice, even when they want to. Many of the above drugs require a clinical detox so that the drug user can rid their body of substances completely. In detox, there is emotional support and sometimes medication-assisted detox to help clients be as comfortable as possible.

People who are addicted to drugs may have financial difficulties, relationship issues and other troubles that come from putting their drug use before their responsibilities and people they love. They suffer from the disease of addiction, which is also called a substance use disorder.

Getting Help

If you or somebody you love has a problem with alcohol or drugs, we can help. Everyone deserves a chance at recovery. Please give yourself that chance! We’re here to help and can answer any questions you have. Reach out at 1-866-227-1437.