Adequate Data: Commonly Abused Substances

NOTE: These are only a set of typical examples. Absolutely any substance can become an addiction if someone doesn’t pay attention to diminishing returns, and the mechanism of addiction fits into most aspects of lifestyle.

Drugs and mind-altering substances:

  • Over-the-counter drugs
    • Analgesics
    • Dextromethorphan
    • Loperamide
  • Caffeine
    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Energy drinks
  • Nicotine
    • Cigarettes
    • Cigars
    • Chewing tobacco
    • Snuff
  • Street drugs
    • GHD
    • Hallucinogenics
    • Khat
    • Kratom
    • Cannabis/weed
    • MDMA
    • Methamphetamine
    • Cocaine
      • Crack cocaine
  • Inhalants
    • Paint, paint thinner, spray paint
    • Gasoline, butane, lighter fluid
    • Glue
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription drugs
    • Barbiturates
    • Benzodiazepines
    • Opioids
    • Stimulants
    • Z-Drugs
  • Other drugs
    • Anabolic steroids

Ritual activities:

Excitement/Risk:

  • Fire (pyromania)
  • Gambling
  • Lying
    • False lifestyle maintenance
  • Fear
    • Horror movies
    • Watching news
  • Pain
    • Cutting
    • Inflicting pain (sadism)
    • Receiving pain (masochism)
  • Relationships
    • Love/Romance
    • Sex (nymphomania)
    • Friendships
    • Family connections
  • Spending/shopping
    • Online shopping
    • Bargain-finding
  • Sports
    • Extreme sports
    • Racing sports
  • Theft (kleptomania)

Thoughts:

Safety:

  • Accumulating wealth
  • Accumulating possessions
    • Purchasing new possessions
  • Acquiring social status

To learn more about fighting the misery that feeds into addiction, look at this guide, or check here to understand the mechanism behind addiction in general.