When considering addictive drugs, many people instantly think of things such as heroin and cocaine. In actual fact though, there are also plenty of addictive substances used by people across the globe that are actually legal, such as alcohol and nicotine.
While there are a number of quite complex and interrelated factors that determine whether someone will become addicted to a drug or not (like their social history, income level, and genetic makeup), the chemical design of addictive drugs makes some of them harder to stay away from than others. In fact, many of the most addictive substances known to man actually train the human brain to crave them — that is, the drugs cause changes in the functioning of the brain that are difficult to reverse.
Drug addiction has been a problem that humans have faced for hundreds and hundreds of years. However, it is only with recent advances in science and medicine that those studying the field have been able to understand why this is the case and document how exactly different drugs interact with the human body.
With millions of Americans around the country struggling with some sort of addiction, and more and more people booking into addiction treatment centers in a bid to get well, it’s important to have an understanding of how hard to kick different types of substance abuse habits are. Read on for the rundown on some of the most addictive drugs known to man.