What Are the Most Commonly Used Addictive Drugs In the Country?

By Published On: September 25th, 2018Categories: Trends / Data

Over 20 million people in the US report struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction. The current epidemic is not surprising when you consider the sheer number of illicit substances readily available. From wine to elephant tranquilizers, there’s an endless assortment of temptations available to people with a substance use disorder.

Every year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration measures the rates of drug use in the nation. For 2018, the most commonly used substances in the US are:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Cocaine
  3. Hallucinogens
  4. Heroin
  5. Inhalants
  6. Marijuana
  7. Methamphetamine
  8. MDMA
  9. Prescription opioids
  10. Sedatives
  11. Stimulants
  12. Tobacco
  13. Tranquilizers

It’s no secret that abuse of any or all of the above results in hardships for the user, and their loved ones. Relationships suffer, financial issues ensue, work or school performance is disrupted, and daily life is tougher to navigate. That’s why it is so important for people to understand the slippery slope of casual use, and how the disease of addiction works.

Anybody can suffer from substance use disorder – all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and social classes. Fortunately, there are treatment options available for all. Visit the New England Recovery Center today, and we’ll put you on the path to recovery. Call 844-500-6372.


Credit: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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