Drug addiction is a serious problem that threatens to debilitate many people in society. There are as many addictions out there as are addictive indulgences. Everyone has a crutch, whether or not they admit it. For some it’s toothpicks. For others, scratch tickets, but in terms of addiction, there is no greater offender in today’s market than street drugs. Of these, there are five that stand out from the rest.

Narcotics Anonymous concedes that “Alcohol is a drug, too,” and it is. The only choice that most alcoholics have is death or recovery. Over time, alcohol wears down the lining of the esophagus, leading to esophageal hemorrhage and cirrhosis of the liver.

Heroin has also been known to bring users to their knees. The term ‘heroin’ is only used when referring to the illegal drug. Synthesized medicinal heroin is known as Oxycontin, which is also abused. Certain pharmaceutical companies have Oxycontin in extended release tablets. Heroin, when injected, produces euphoria and relaxation. It is the strongest drug in its family, second only to pure opium. Once addiction sets in, users must inject the substance directly into the veins in larger and larger quantities or endure severe withdrawal symptoms, including violent tremors.

Methadone, ironically enough, is also abused. A synthetic opioid, long-acting and often times much stronger than its illegal counterpart, methadone is used to treat chronic pain and opioid dependency. Its powerful sedative effects mimic that of heroin, opening the door for addiction and dependency. Methadone is generally very low cost.

Cocaine use peaked in the early 1980’s, and has seen a dramatic increase over the last decade. A topical anesthetic, appetite suppressant and stimulant, cocaine is one of the most expensive and addicting drugs on the market. It is a recreational rug that produces a rush. Some have described the psychotropic effects of cocaine as similar to flying.

Crystal meth, the slang terminology for methamphetamine, has been labeled as one of the most addictive drugs in the street market today, second only to crack cocaine. Methamphetamine destroys the pleasure sensors in the brain, making it impossible to experience any sense of emotional gratification without the subsequent use of the drug. Eventually, users develop a tolerance, needing more and more to achieve the same effect.

Drug treatment centers are available in Southern California. If you have a problem, help is just around the corner.