There are many different types of addictions, and the most common ones include addictions to tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, opioids, stimulants (cocaine and methamphetamine), and benzodiazepines. Individuals will commonly initially try recreational drugs due to peer pressure, as a form of escape, or as a form of self-treatment for undiagnosed mental illnesses, but this can unfortunately lead to long-term problems from chronic use such as medical illnesses (cancer, liver failure, memory problems), legal issues (from criminal activities such as possession of controlled substances or stealing in order to pay for their drug of choice), loss of relationships, loss of employment, and academic difficulties. Frequently, addressing the core mental illnesses that are not being adequately treated, while also maintaining sobriety, will lead to a return to higher levels of functioning. Treatments commonly include medications, attending support groups (such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous), and psychotherapy.
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