example of the most common addictive substances

There is no doubt that opioids are an addiction quietly inflicting millions of Americans in the 21st century, but there are countless other addictive substances causing pain and suffering from coast to coast. If you are battling an addiction, learn about the substance abuse programs available to you at Avedis Detox by contacting us online or making a confidential call to us at 833.514.0579 today.

The Most Common Addictive Substances

Here are the seven most common addictive substances, each of which requires substance abuse recovery to remove from the body and enjoy long-term health and happiness. 


No addictive substance is more socially acceptable than alcohol. Watch movies and T.V. shows, and listen to popular songs, and you’ll likely see and hear tales of drinking and getting drunk. Alcohol use and abuse can be glamorized and even romanticized to the point of harm. Alcohol abuse has various negative consequences, from liver disease and overdose to drunk driving deaths. 


Every day, millions of people take medicine to relieve extreme pain. Roughly 20% of them will be prescribed an opioid which is also called a narcotic. Pain relievers like oxycodone and hydrocodone are similar to opium. Without treatment, an addicted person can is more likely to experience an overdose on painkillers. Millions of people in the U.S. are addicted to painkillers.


Cocaine is a white powdery substance that acts as a central nervous system stimulant. It impacts the brain by delivering high levels of dopamine, a chemical associated with energy, please, and euphoria. Cocaine is usually snorted through the nose but can also be smoked or dissolved in water and injected. It is widely known that cocaine is an addictive substance, yet every day, thousands are still drawn to it for the first time. 

Heroin & Fentanyl

Heroin is an opioid made from the opium poppy, and fentanyl is a synthetic (man made) opioid. They are often mixed together due to their ability to prevent people from feeling pain and discomfort. Heroin is extremely addictive and can be deadly. Sadly, the number of Americans using heroin has risen steadily over the past 15 years, largely caused by painkillers chemically related to heroin. The U.S. heroin overdose death rate rose nearly 400% between 2010 and 2017. The Avedis Detox substance abuse recovery program can help you or your loved ones overcome an addiction to heroin.


Prescription benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax are commonly utilized as mood-regulating drugs meant to manage anxiety and stress. Sadly, some develop dangerous addictions to benzos. A professional medical detox is an excellent segue into substance abuse recovery. Avedis’ residential Detox center in Tarzana, CA, is recommended to help people eliminate benzodiazepines from their system safely and gradually. 


When up against heroin or other dangerous drugs, tobacco used by those with a nicotine addiction may not appear as harmful. Tobacco products are legal, easy to buy, and the harmful effects of heavy use take many years to be seen, but no addictive substance claims more lives than nicotine. Often, smokers cannot quit their habit despite being aware of the negative impact on their health. 


Not only is the recreational use of marijuana becoming legal in some states, but the potency of marijuana is also increasing. This combination is resulting in an already addictive substance becoming even more so, especially when combined with other psychoactive drugs. Along with nicotine, marijuana is considered a gateway drug. Not everyone who uses marijuana needs addiction treatment, but everyone whose addiction gets out of control can benefit from a solid drug treatment program.

If you are located in California and experiencing substance use disorder, consider the following addiction treatment programs:

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