Recently the website, Treatment 4 Addicion, released a series of frightening and life changing 9 Infographics Show How Your Addictions Will Eventually Kill You. Going through how many years of one’s life can be shorten with various substances.

Addiction is a state that is characterized by either compulsive drug use or compulsive engagement in rewarding behavior, despite adverse consequences. Addiction can also be defined as a chronic brain disease or a terminal illness.

Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its “normal” functioning.  This state creates the conditions of tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects. Withdrawal refers to physical and psychological symptoms experienced when reducing or discontinuing a substance that the body has become dependent on. Symptoms of withdrawal generally include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea,hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.

These calculations we made using the data of U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and other official sources. These result are pretty frightening. Starting with each pack of Cigarettes a day cost one 4,6 hours, which sums up into approximately ten years off one’s life. These illustrated infographics depict Cigarettes, Alcohol,  Cocaine, methadone, methamphetamine, and heroin addictions.

More info: (h/t: dailymail)

9 Infographics Show How Your Addictions Will Eventually Kill You