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10 Sneaky Addictions That Could Be Ruining Your Life

All forms of addiction, from excessive video game playing to alcohol abuse, have detrimental consequences. Here is a list of the worst things to get addicted to. A user asked “What’s the worst thing to get addicted to?”, and here are the top responses!

Heroin

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“I’m a recovering heroin/crack addict. I’ve been clean for 6 years and used for 5. It’s unbelievable how quickly I destroyed my life down to basically nothing.

Within the first couple of years, I lost job, my friends, what family I had left, the love of my life, and most importantly my dental and physical health.

Then I lost my freedom, independence, mind, and many other things I’m probably forgetting. Not to mention the whole ending part where I was in and out of rehabs, homeless in Kensington, and wanted to stop but just couldn’t because of withdrawal and relapse cycles.

Clawing your way back from the depths of drug addiction is damn near impossible and anyone who actually gets back to normal is royalty in my book. I hope anyone who’s going through it finds their reason to stop.”, said one.

Meth

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“I’m going to say meth.

I was addicted for about 5 years. I’m one of the lucky ones who made it out. Meth takes everything from you, I’m not talking about money or material things that will happen with most drugs. This meth took my wife, my family, my friends, my job but most importantly it took me, it took 5 years of my life I can never get back. I made it out like I said I’m lucky it’s taken me 8 years to get back to some normality and get my wife back and family. But I learnt a lot. When you’re at the bottom of the bottom you value life so much more! I’m not concerned with the material things, I just want my family”, said one user.

“Any amount of meth is neurotoxic, even trying it once will fry some cells”, said another user!

Socially Drinking Alcohol

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“Booze because it’s cheap and legal and many people don’t really believe that addiction is a genuine sickness, think that it’s a lack of willpower or your own fault”, said one user.

“And the fact that it’s everywhere, you can’t escape it. Drug addicts aren’t typically surrounded by other people doing drugs at every social gathering or people asking them why they’re not doing drugs too. I absolutely hate the social acceptance and prevalence alcohol has even though it’s just as damaging, if not more than every other drug”, said another user.

Food

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“Yes, I am a food addict. I thought I had a handle on it but now I just can’t stop”, said one user.

“To be more specific, sugar. It acts on the brain in the same way as some of the most addictive substances, is harmful to your health, cheap and readily available, and most people don’t realize that they’re addicted to it”, said another user.

Toxic Relationships

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“I just left my abusive ex-husband. I read a book about escaping domestic abuse. Literally, everything he ever said to me was in that book. It’s amazing how similar these perpetrators act. For example, he would always tell me no one else would ever love me like he does. Pretty sure that was in there verbatim”, said one user.

“The trauma bond that can result from a toxic/abusive relationship essentially is an addiction”. said another.

Gambling

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“I think gambling is the worst. If you become addicted to drugs or alcohol, there are physical consequences that eventually catch up to you and force you to think about quitting. With gambling, you can ruin your whole life in a very short time, without suffering any physical consequences that might prompt you to seek treatment before the worst happens.

Not only that, but you can get in legal trouble for embezzling, stealing from family members, etc., and those legal troubles will impede your ability to make a living for the rest of your life. Good luck finding a job when you’ve served time for embezzling from a past employer.

In addition to all that, there doesn’t seem to be any effective treatment for gambling addiction. I don’t think there’s any place where you can check in for in-patient treatment. The fact that you can easily hide a gambling addiction makes it even harder to stop. In most cases, you can hide a gambling addiction long enough to get in serious trouble before your closest loved ones have a clue that you’re in trouble”, said one user.

Skin Picking

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“Skin picking/scratching! The damaged skin causes you to pick and scratch more which causes your skin to be more damaged, and you can’t just take your skin off to avoid it”, said one user.

Games

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“I was playing a game called Lastshelter for years. Ran an entire state. It consumed all of my free time, it almost destroyed my marriage”, said one user.

Social Media

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“It killed over a million Americans from 2020-2023”, said one user.

“I would argue it’s not the worst in the individual sense but it’s the most damaging as a whole. I see people getting more and more disconnected. Comparing themselves to each other and robbing their own joy, spiraling in echo chambers with content designed to get hate clicks. It’s destroying us on a national if not a global scale”, added another user.

Cigarettes

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“Cigarettes, they’re slow suicide that makes the people around you miserable because you are polluting them as well”, said one user.

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