Addiction can be broken down into two broad categories: behavioral addiction and substance addiction. The category of substance addiction also breaks down into multiple subcategories, divided by substance type to create nine major groups.

Stimulants: Drugs that increase the amount of nervous activity in the body, creating a sense of hyperactivity. Examples include cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, and ecstasy.

Depressants: Drugs that retard the body’s nervous system, creating a feeling of calmness or relaxation. Examples include alcohol, barbiturates, tranquilizers, and Rohypnol.

Opiates: Drugs that block pain receptors in the brain and promote feelings of fulfillment and happiness. Examples include fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet, and Demerol.

Prescription medications: Drugs that can be prescribed by a doctor. Examples include Adderall, Ambien, Paxil, Lunesta, Ritalin, and Codeine.

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications: Drugs that are legally available for purchase without a prescription. Examples include cough medicine, diet pills, and sleeping aids.

Inhalants: Products that are used in an unintended way to create the effects of a drug. Examples include nitrous oxide, aerosol spray, gasoline, paint thinner, and cleaning supplies.

Hallucinogens: Drugs that cause hallucinations. Examples include mushrooms, salvia, LSD, ketamine, and PCP.

Cannabinoids: Substances that originate naturally and attach to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Examples include marijuana, hashish, K2, budda, wax, dabs, and THC-A Crystalline.

Anabolic Steroids: Drugs that promote muscle growth through increased testosterone production. Examples include Stanozol and Oxandrin.

While some categories of substances are naturally more addictive than others, people can and do become addicted to drugs in all of the distinct categories. If you believe you may have an addiction to one of the substances listed above, you should seek treatment at the earliest opportunity.

The Asana Recovery Center offers a comprehensive treatment program that can help those battling any type of substance addiction. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our alcohol and drug treatment program today.


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