Most Common Addictions
While many substances can be addictive, there are those that are commonly used throughout the country and sometimes even the world. Here is our list of the most common addiction here in the US.
- Tobacco: Over 40 million people are tobacco users in the United States. The highly addictive nicotine is legal here but claims more lives than any other illegal substance.
- Alcohol: 18 million people are considered alcoholics. This substance, just like tobacco, is legal, and can see health deterioration or even claim lives drunk driving.
- Marijuana: This substance is still working its way through the legal system but is legal in some states, though not on a federal level just yet. Rates of marijuana addiction have been increasing, most likely due to the increased potency over the years.
- Painkillers: 1.8 million people are addicted to painkillers here with the most popular being Vicodin, Oxycotin, and codeine. Most users are prescribed these substances but do not realize they are developing a problem.
- Cocaine: 821,000 people are cocaine users, though that number is slowly declining.
- Heroin: Heroin has over 426,000 users currently and has severe withdrawal symptoms, making it hard to quit. Heroin abuse is a trend that has been on the rise here in the United States with many of the users being women.