What Are the Most Common Substance Addictions?

Learn about the most common substance addictions from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.

So for those of you who are familiar with the concept of addiction you know there’s an enormous number of things that we can get addicted to. The most common thing we can get addicted to is nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and it’s the drug that’s found in cigarettes.

Alcohol is also very addictive and we have a huge problem with alcoholism and alcohol abuse in this country. Part of that has to do with the fact that it is so socially and culturally acceptable in our society. We see lots of advertisements and we see lots of people drinking and they seem to be drinking successfully so that’s a huge problem.

The other problem we have, and it’s becoming more and more of a problem in this country, is the issue with prescription drugs. I’m seeing a huge amount of prescription drug abuse in my practice. It’s effecting people who have been prescribed those drugs by their doctor and it’s also been by people who have not been prescribed by their doctors, but just taking these for recreational purpose.

The last drug that we know that’s been around for a while is cocaine, and crack cocaine because of the advent of crack cocaine which is a much less expensive form of cocaine that has become a huge epidemic in this country. So in order of the commonality of those drugs it’s nicotine, it’s alcohol, it’s marijuana, it’s prescription drugs and then it’s cocaine.