Other Drugs

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 1st September 2021

An addiction can develop through various addictive stimuli. Once the exposure is paired with a vulnerability, a physical and psychological attachment can grow. However, an addiction to drugs, of assorted kinds is the most prevalent attachment, affecting on average 35 million people worldwide.


In the majority of cases, commonly recognised drugs are consumed and abused, from cocaine and anti-depressants to tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis. All are dangerous when misused yet still carry significant diagnosis rates.

There are however other drugs, which are less recognisable, yet stand as addictive, highly adopted through both prescription and illicit means. Due to limited awareness and recognition, addictive ratings are perceived to be lower for other drugs. Yet through toxic makeups, consistent exposure and vulnerability, an addiction can develop through any kind of substance abuse.

Other Drugs

As recognition is lower through the diagnosis of other drug addictions, it can be challenging to see them as addictive, it can be tough to pinpoint common signs and symptoms, and it can be difficult to perceive risks. Yet, drugs, no matter their classification, street-cred or prevalence should be avoided or used correctly in appropriate situations.

Here’s some guidance on understanding the addictiveness of other drugs, along with treatment and rehabilitation aims across drug addiction diagnoses. At Cassiobury Court, we’re here to offer drug addiction help through professional and private means.

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Common drug addictions

Problems with drugs are very common, due to a number of factors. The accessibility of substances is a key driver of addiction rates, even for illicit kinds. The positive feelings that drugs offer, especially connected to the reinforcements that they produce, also increase the commonality of addiction. The normalisation of recreational and social consumption of drugs also influences adoption, escalating the risks of addiction.

Such problems with drugs are usually attached to common, recognisable substances. Due to their place in the market, their known effects, their accessibility and their scale of risk consuming substances such as tobacco, alcohol, painkillers, benzodiazepines, cocaine, and stimulants are common.

The signs and symptoms of common drug addictions, their risks and treatment routes stand as common knowledge. For some, this increases their desirability of consumption. However, for others, it attracts the exposure of other drugs, ranking them as harmless.


Other drugs, outside of such category unjustifiably lack this information, making it difficult to digest the risks, receive a diagnosis, and treat with confidence. Every drug, no matter their familiarity should however be carefully considered, due to addiction risks.


Other drugs and their addictiveness

Other Drug Addictions

Outside of the above, there are other drugs that also carry addictive traits, which also stand as toxic, and which also deteriorate the quality of life, of both medical and illicit makeup. Other drugs, which carry reduced recognition are perceived as dangerous, for such low awareness.

Low awareness of the effects and signs of addiction can lead to denial, can reduce the credibility of diagnoses, and can quickly escalate voluntary consumption into involuntary.

Other drugs, through consumption, may feel harmless in the moment. Offering positive effects, from a medical or emotional standpoint, exposure can come across as beneficial. Yet due to their unfamiliarity, other drugs should be treated similarly to common substances, posing risks of addiction.


Signs of drug use disorders

Across the spectrum of drugs, signs and symptoms of addiction are in fact similar. Common changes to physical wellbeing, psychological health, social commitment, and behaviours are indicators of drug problems. It is however understandable that specific signs and symptoms can attach to other drugs, as effects may be less noticeable or overlooked.

Being aware of the signs and symptoms of drug use disorders is important, as innocent consumption may be developing towards addictive actions and emotional responses. Awareness, even via the unfamiliarity of other drugs, can help to reduce the impacts of substance abuse, from dangers to irreversible changes.


Signs of drug addiction:

  • Physical changes to health
  • Withdrawal symptoms in between exposure
  • The rebound effect, in cases of prescription abuse, where initial illness worsens
  • Psychological changes, focusing on mental health symptoms
  • Withdrawal from everyday life and responsibilities
  • Disinterest in hobbies, friends, or relationships
  • The inability to stop consumption
  • Relying on a drug for pain relief, emotional support or to get through the day
  • Hiding consumption from others
  • Changes to behaviour, outlooks, and personality
  • A lifestyle that prioritises drug abuse

The above are clear indications that a habit is forming, requiring professional help via a rehabilitation centre. A greater specification will be attached to drugs that carry specific effects, or other drugs which are less recognised.


Treating drug addictions

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No matter the type or severity of drug addiction, treatment will be required in the form of detoxification and rehabilitation. The type of treatment that’s recommended will vary, depending on the drug that’s been consumed, its effects and the strength of addiction.

Averagely, detoxification will be an advised process, helping to withdraw physically from the drug at hand. Therapy will also be recommended as a means of addiction treatment, to work on restoring behaviours, emotional responses, and outlooks. Cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, group therapy, family drug support, dual diagnosis treatment, stress management and relapse prevention are prevalent here.

Understandably, treating other drug addictions may come across as complex, as evidential recovery processes may be lacking. Yet with professional support, an effective, safe, and sustainable treatment programme can be developed and facilitated through rehab, to treat addiction.

Drug addiction help at Cassiobury Court

At Cassiobury Court, we’re here to assist, no matter how common, how strong, or how recognisable your drug addiction may be. Through rehabilitation services, drug addiction help is available, from our therapies and aftercare programmes to our focus on long-term relapse prevention.

The abuse of all drugs, even those classed as other drugs should be treated professionally, to avoid relapse and ongoing consumption. Start treatment through our admissions process, here to offer a way out from the dangers of drug abuse.



Detoxing from home comes across as desirable. However, there are many risks linked to lone detoxification, making it a discouraged step. Instead detoxing through a medical programme will be recommended, to experience a comfortable withdrawal process.

Early signs of drug addiction are usually recognisable through evidential changes to commitments, responsibilities, and behaviours. If drugs are taking priority, impacting choices, affecting relationships, and adapting outlooks, addiction is likely forming.

An addiction can impact loved ones, by witnessing the condition take over. It can be extremely tough to watch drug abuse unfold, which can result in relationship breakdowns and personal emotional problems.

Drug addiction is highly impactful, requiring all-around recovery efforts, even available for friends and family.

John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 1st September 2021

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.