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5 Most Commonly Abused Drugs

When we talk about drugs and the ones most commonly abused, which ones come to mind? Prescription drugs? Alcohol? Meth? It is important to remember drug abuse of various substances is always changing.

For example, in the 1960s, psychedelic drugs like LSD were more commonly abused. The 1970s saw an increase in marijuana use. By the time the 1980s rolled around, the top abused drugs were cocaine and designer drugs. Those who abused drugs in the 1990s quite often turned to Ecstasy. The 2000s saw an increase in heroin and opiate abuse.

Yet, any drug that is abused can lead to dependence and, eventually, addiction. Once a person is addicted to drugs, their life will be spiraling out of control. The only way to regain control of one’s life is with help from a luxury Orange County drug and alcohol rehab center.

In some cases, a person could abuse more than one substance. They may even develop a co-dependence where they need two or more substances to just function and get through the day.

Keeping these things in mind, here are the current top 5 most commonly abused drugs:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Painkillers
  3. Cocaine
  4. Benzos (Benzodiazepines)
  5. Meth (Methamphetamine)

To learn more about these drugs, their effects on the body, and other interesting facts, we invite you to continue reviewing the following infographic.

If you or someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, Adelante Recovery Center is here to help 24/7. Call us at (949) 427-9099 whether you have questions or are ready to start your path to recovery at our substance abuse center today!

5 Most Commonly Abused Drugs Infographic