What are the Most Addictive Drugs?

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A drug is a substance used to relieve, cure or minimize symptoms of a disease. It also defines how one’s body and mind may act after intake. What does drug addiction mean? Drug addiction can be defined as a compulsive need to take a substance, especially a drug, despite its clear and negative effects on mind and body both. Many drugs can cause addiction, but every drug has a different potency concerning the addictive nature of the drug. Now we will look at the five most addictive drugs known to us. 

The five most addictive drugs are:

  1.  Heroine
  2.  Cocaine
  3.  Methamphetamines or meth
  4.  Alcohol
  5.  Nicotine



Heroine is the most effective and fastest-acting opioid. Opioids are drugs prescribed for relieving pain in case of any disease. Almost 80% of heroin addicts start by abusing the prescribed opioids. It relaxes the body and relieves pain. It creates a kind of out-of-body sensation for the addict. But its withdrawal symptoms are too difficult for the drug addict to handle. Permanent flu-like symptoms, depression, insomnia, nausea, and restlessness are some of the withdrawal symptoms of heroin. 


Cocaine is a stimulant drug. It is derived from the Coca plant. Its addict became more active, alert, and energetic before finally crashing. It can be used in many ways. It can be snorted, smoked as well as injected. Crack is its rock formations, which are smoked. Cocaine is much more effective than regular cocaine, but it’s chemically almost identical. It floods the mind with dopamine and creates a quick feeling of excitement, alertness, and joy. It can be abused in a ‘binge’ pattern, which means taking drugs back to back to maintain a high level of excitement, followed by a crash. Cocaine detox is safe. It is an illegal drug and causes physical and mental fatigue, depression, and extreme level of drug craving.


Methamphetamines also is a stimulant. It makes the addict active and energetic in the beginning and collapses at the end of the day. This is a man-made drug produced in laboratories. It can also be used in many ways, like it can be use in smoke, it can be injected as well as snorted. As it is a powerful stimulator so its effects can be psychotic. It may cause aggression and violence. Over a while, it may affect the memory and learning part of the brain. It may deplete the level of dopamine, which may result in severe depression, and potential suicidal attempts.


Alcohol is a depressant which means it slows down brain reactions resulting in reducing anxiety and slowing down brain functions. This is the substance with the highest number of addicts worldwide. It is because of its expensiveness and it’s easy availability as compared to other addictive substances. It’s a depressant, it may cause lower blood pressure and heartbeat. It may promote sedation and can also impair the motor skills of the addict. A binge pattern of drinking may increase its dependency. It may cause anxiety, depression, insomnia, lower heart rate, sweating, abdominal pain, and even psychosis as its withdrawal symptoms.


It is a chemical substance derived from tobacco. Its major source is products like cigarettes. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, that may cause pleasant sensation and elevation in both mood and cognition. It is a drug that can cause dependency in no time, and it’s the hardest addiction in terms of getting rid of but it cannot stop without help. Its withdrawal symptoms may range from irritability, increase in appetite, and depression to anxiety. It may cause the addict to face trouble in concentrating and focusing on things. It may cause cancer, heart, and lung diseases in its addicts.


In a Nutshell

Any addictive drug is extremely harmful to human beings. Abuse of anything is bad, but abuse of any drug is worse in terms of the consequences. The worst part about drug addiction is the withdrawal symptoms of the drugs. We should create awareness among our youth about the catastrophic impacts of drugs.