The 7 Hardest Addictions to Break

Addiction is the result of several variable factors that conspire together: Our family history, our psychological and emotional well-being, our access to addictive substances, and the acceptance of drugs, alcohol, and certain behaviors in our social circle. Once we cross the line into active addiction, it matters little to us how we got there; all we know is that we’re enslaved by mental obsession, a physical dependence, or both. Following are seven of the hardest addictions to break.

Opioids:

This class of drugs includes prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and methadone, as well as heroin and fentanyl. Opioids are notoriously addictive, and an overwhelming majority of users relapse over and over before quitting for good. Roughly 142 Americans die of an opioid overdose every day.

Nicotine:

Nearly 40 million Americans are addicted to nicotine, with cigarette smokers making up the vast majority. Like opioids, nicotine is highly addictive and extremely difficult to quit.

Cocaine:

Crack, a form of cocaine that is smoked, leads to addiction much more quickly than does powder cocaine. While not physically addictive, cocaine in any form creates a profound psychological dependence. Users often binge on the drug over a period of days, known as a “run.”

Methamphetamine:

Crystal meth, the most highly addictive form of the drug, produces an intense but short-acting rush. As with cocaine addiction, users often binge on meth for days at a time.

Alcohol:

Alcohol is the most widely abused mind-altering drug in the United States, and about 18 million Americans are heavy abusers or alcoholics. An estimated 88,000 people die of alcohol-related causes every year.

Compulsive sex:

Because sexuality is a fundamental aspect of every human being, overcoming a sexual addiction is particularly complicated. Sex addicts must learn to eliminate compulsive behaviors, while learning to have healthy sexual relationships.

Gambling:

Like any substance addiction, compulsive gambling wreaks havoc on the addict’s life. Despite severe consequences, pathological gamblers cannot “just stop” wagering any more than someone who’s addicted to heroin can “just stop” stop using. With treatment, however, recovery is possible.

Regardless of the substance or behavior you’re addicted to, it’s vital that you seek treatment. Addiction is a progressive, incurable, and fatal disease, if left untreated. To fully recover in mind, body, and spirit requires professional guidance. You have work to do. At Harmony Place, you never have to do the work alone. We believe in your right of self-determination. We’re meeting where you are and taking you where you want to go. For information on our total continuum of care and luxury residential treatment, and a private consultation, call us today: 1-855-652-9048