Types of Drug Addictions

Even if you think you understand your addiction well, it always helps to get the latest advice. Knowledge in how your addiction works can go a long way in helping you. Here are some of the most commonly used drugs.


This drug adds dopamine into your body. Dopamine is commonly referred to as the ‘feel good’ chemical because it helps you feel happy. Your body can provide this normally, but Adderall will provide a lot of it. This causes your body to fail in keeping up with Adderall. A person will no longer be able to feel happy unless they use Adderall. This creates an addiction. Here are some of the other signs:

  • Failure to do work or stay alert without Adderall
  • Spending a lot of money, time and effort to get Adderall
  • Ignoring daily activities to use Adderall
  • Experiencing withdrawals once the usage of Adderall stops


Cocaine usually comes in the form of white powder. It is snorted through the nose. This drug gives your body a large boost of dopamine but does not last long. It helps keep the user alert, excited and confident. This is a highly addictive drug.  Below are some signs of addiction:

  • Failing to take part in regular chores due to cocaine addiction
  • Social withdrawal
  • Increase in tolerance so that more cocaine is needed to get high
  • Not feeling normal when not using cocaine


Ecstasy helps the user reach a sense of heightened euphoria. It calms you down, and you feel an increase of sympathy for everything. However, people will hit a shallow point in their mood when the drug wears off. Ecstasy is popularly sold with other drugs mixed inside of it because it is hard to find pure Ecstasy. The following lists some signs of addiction:

  • Anxiety and depression especially during the low period of the drug.
  • Stress and paranoia
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Blurred Vision
  • Tight muscles that may result in shivering and teeth chatter


Heroin increases the amount of dopamine in your body until you get a calming effect. The brain releases these chemicals to reward you for the things you do in your daily life. Heroin replaces this and the brain stops releasing these chemicals. This makes it impossible to function without heroin because you no longer will feel any desire to do anything. These are some signs of addiction:

  • Continuing use despite knowing you have a problem
  • Frequent feeling of cravings
  • Wanting to inject it to get high faster


Meth gives a rush when used. It is one of the strongest rushes that can come from any drug. This makes this drug very prone to addiction as the brain will start to rely on it immediately. Below are some of the effects of use:

  • An extreme burst of energy
  • Constant use and remaining perpetually high
  • A loss of appetite