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What Drugs Are Instantly Addictive
Addiction definition: People can become psychologically dependent on any drug – or anything else for that matter. This means that the person using drugs feels they cannot cope or face the world unless they are under the influence of drugs. In contrast people can only become physically dependent on certain drugs. Physical dependency results from the repeated, heavy use of drugs like heroin, tranquillisers and alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more
Not a simple ?: Addiction has become more of a legal and social term. Medically, we speak of "substance use disorders." Drugs which cause physical dependency are alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, some other sedatives, and opioid pain medication, and all can also lead to addiction. Amphetamines, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants may not cause physical dependency, but compulsive use can constitute addiction. ...Read more
Complicated: The same question as "What causes addiction?"Addictive drugs specifically affect the motivational portion of the brain so that you are chemically changed to want more of the drug. But it takes a certain regular amount, a certain length of time. And some people are more affected than others. This is different from "physically dependent," and "Psychologically dependent, " and "habitual." ...Read more
Who says it is?: Addiction is not a function of the drug as much as it is a function of the person who is TAKING that drug. Most people who drink are not addicted to alcohol, but 10% or so are. The same number is true of marijuana, with about 10% of users having dependency. It has a very mild withdrawal syndrome for one, compared to alcohol, tranquilizers or opiates, and doesn't have the euphoria of stimulants. ...Read more
Why have quaaludes been taken off the market when there's other equally if no more addictive drugs?
I love quaaludes: I'm with you - i used quaaludes in the 1970s and thought they were outstanding. I guess that's why they've been taken off the market. They're extremely enticing and beg to be abused. Maybe they should be legal. We'll have to leave that to the lawyers and politicians, i guess. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Of course: "drug" is a very generic word. Antibiotics, antihypertensives, anti-diabetes medications are all drugs. Any substance from outside the body that changes our physiology is a drug. Only a handful of drug classes produce tolerance and withdrawal, which is what makes a drug dependency-producing (i don't use the term "addictive" drug - addiction more involves the person, not the medicine). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Marijuana is not a particularly addictive drug, but it certainly can be associated with what we call physical and mental addiction (in the medical profession these are called "physical tolerance" and "dependence"). Physical tolerance refers to the fact that the brain adapts to the effects of the drug, and that the person experiences withdrawal when the drug is stopped. ...Read more
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