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4 Common Addictions to Familiar Substances

Addiction is a brain disease that can destroy an individual’s entire life. Regardless of how it began, substance abuse can turn your and your loved ones’ lives upside down. Unfortunately, the most common addictions are of substances that are easily accessible and can catch your unawares, if you are careful.


Marijuana is a drug that has recently been legalized in many states, for medicinal and recreational usage. But the drug still has its addictive qualities.

Marijuana has been shown to be helpful in specific cases, in small doses, in a medical setting, but not for recreational use. Continued use of marijuana can make a person addicted to the drug, and may even damage your cognitive abilities.


Tobacco is truly one of the most common addictions in the world. It is available almost everywhere – from the gas station to the grocery store. You can even buy it in bulk, depending on which form of tobacco you use. They are quite affordable too. Anyone over 18 can get their hands on a pack of cigarettes for a reasonable price.

Did you know that tobacco contains nicotine which causes addiction? Nicotine makes the adrenal glands release adrenaline and increases dopamine. But tobacco smoking can lead to lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.

The easy access to such an addictive drug makes it one of the most common addictive substance.


Beer stands right behind tobacco because of its consumption and addiction potential. Beer is made and sold worldwide. Almost anyone, above the age of 21 years, can buy and consume beer, legally. You can buy it in bulk, like tobacco and it is affordable. There is no restriction on how much you can buy at a time.

Fortunately, there are some regulations on beer that are stricter. For example, you can smoke and drive but it’s illegal to drink and drive.

Beer contains alcohol that affects the brain, in a way that it can cause phases of anxiety or depression, if you go without it for some time.


When a doctor prescribes some mediation, people generally do not think of getting high off of them. The problem is they’re easy for an addict to get their hands on.

If you are taking some prescription pain medication, it’s not difficult for anyone in your family to get their hands on these pills, since they since they’re lying in plain sight. Many such drugs are addictive too.

Many Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications are easily available and cost less.

If you or a loved one is addicted to a substance, it is best to seek professional help right away.


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