Alcohol is still the most commonly abused substance that we treat. Its wide availability and society’s acceptance (even encouragement) of abusing alcohol contribute to it’s ubiquity. Detox from alcohol addiction is dangerous and should be medically supervised.
Heroin addiction has exploded in the last decade and the face of heroin addiction today is indistinguishable from the abuse of opiate medications like Fentanyl and OxyContin. What’s so alarming about heroin addiction is how often it ends in fatal overdose.
Drugs such as opiate pain killers, mood elevators, diet pills, etc. are those that have a high potential for abuse. Often times, the person who is addicted started on them as medication for a medical purpose, such as chronic pain. They may continue to obtain the drugs through their doctor or others, online pharmacies, or through illegal means.
Methamphetamine’s are stimulants and there are legal methamphetamine’s and also illegally created street meth (a.k.a. “crystal meth”). Survivors of meth addiction describe the experience as having “robbed them of their soul.”