Commonly Abused Drugs

Regardless of age, race, or circumstance, drug and alcohol use has become increasingly embedded within the fabric of modern life. From recreational fun to relief from chronic pain, people turn to drugs and other substances for a variety of reasons. Drug use, whether illicit or prescribed, carries the risk of misuse and addiction...

We’ve reached a point where the extremes of addiction have become all too familiar to families across the United States. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that 19.7 percent of people have been treated for substance use disorder in the US. What’s more, this number is expected to increase. As a state, the misuse of drugs and alcohol in Florida is currently on the rise.

With substance abuse increasing, more and more people are falling into a cycle of addiction. As it stands, the most commonly abused drugs in the United States are alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, and Xanax.

Here are some fast facts about these commonly abused drugs:

  • Alcohol — 14.5 million Americans over the age of 12 have been treated for an alcohol use disorder.
  • Cocaine — 966,000 American adults (over age 12) struggle with cocaine use.
  • Heroin — 652,000 people age 12 and older have been treated for heroin use disorder.
  • Marijuana — 4.1 million American adults over the age of 12 battled a marijuana use disorder in 2017.
  • Methamphetamine — 1.6 million people (0.6 percent of the population) reported using methamphetamine.
  • Xanax — 2.1 percent of the population report to misusing Xanax and other benzodiazepines.

It’s more important than ever to familiarize yourself with commonly abused drugs so that you can take steps to protect yourself and seek necessary treatment.

Learn more about the symptoms and addiction treatment options for commonly abused drugs below:

Alcohol Addiction


How Common is Alcohol Abuse?
An alcohol addiction is not always taken as seriously as an addiction to other substances. Mayb

Read more
Cocaine Addiction


Cocaine Use, Addiction And Depression
Cocaine is a stimulant drug made by processing leaves from the coca plant. The drug co

Read more


Heroin Addiction

How do people form an addiction to Heroin? Heroin use may have become less common in the late ‘70s, but

Read more


Is Marijuana Addictive?

People often wonder whether marijuana addiction is a real thing. You may have questioned that your

Read more
Xanax Addiction


Alprazolam (Xanax) Addiction And Treatment Options Xanax is a prescription sedative that helps people relax and reduce…

Read more
Meth Addiction Rehab


How Long Does Methamphetamine Stay In Your System?

Meth, which is the nickname for methamphetamine, is a stimulant that co

Read more
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Response and Updates for Clients, Families, and Referents Read More