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Drugs in America

The war on drugs in America has been going on for decades.

President Nixon declared war on drugs in 1971, which prompted all levels of the government to bear down on enforcing restrictions.

Costs of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

  • 2010 Alcohol                       $300 billion
  • 2007 Illicit Drugs                 $249 billion
  • 2013 Prescription Opioids  $78.5 billion


  • 1 in every five prisoners incarcerated is because of drug offenses.
  • 450,000 daily arrests in the U.S. were drug-related.

Most Common Drugs Prescribed in the U.S. (2018) Abused

2018 was a year of exponential abuse of commonly prescribed drugs in America.

Surprisingly, 94.9% of those abusing prescription drugs did not feel they needed help.

Most Commonly Abused Prescribed Drugs in America



  • Methamphetamine (Desoxyn)
  • Modafinil (Provigil)

Pain Killers (Opioids)

There are hundreds of brand names that fall under each of the below.

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Morphine
  • Meperidine
  • Fentanyl
  • Methamphetamines
  • Methadone

Most Popular Drugs Abused in America

There are hundreds of illicit and prescription drugs among the most abused drugs in America.

Over-the-counter drugs in America are being abused in ways most of us are not aware of. Cough syrups and decongestants are two of these drugs that have now become enemies in the war on drugs.


  • Codeine cough syrups
  • Opioid painkillers
  • Stimulants
  • Sedatives


  • Marijuana
  • Cannabinoids
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Bath Salts
  • Meth


  •   Cough suppressants and decongestants containing dextromethorphan
  •   Anti-diarrheal containing loperamide

10 Most Common Addictions in America

Drugs in America today are being misused by all walks of life, ages, and genders. One in seven people in the U.S. will develop a drug abuse disorder.

Alcohol – 3rd Leading Cause of Deaths in the U.S

The addictive nature of alcohol causes our brains to chronically relapse. This addiction is characterized by impaired functioning and thinking. Our drinking problem not only affects us but those around us. It can easily damage our personal lives, careers, relationships, and health.


  •   14.4 million adults (18 yrs and older) struggled with alcohol addiction. (7.6% were men, and 4.1% were women)
  •   Alcohol is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
  •   Drunk drivers caused 31% of driving fatalities.


Heroin is not only a HIGHLY ADDICTIVE illegal drug, but its crippling influence reaches beyond the user. This drug has the power to devastate lives and communities. First responders and those in healthcare are exposed to potential HIV/AIDS or hepatitis.

Heroin accounts for billions of dollars spent in treating and fighting heroin addiction and importation.


  •   Deaths related to heroin use quadrupled
  •   Use doubled in 18-25-year-olds
  •   9 in 10 heroin users also use at least one other drug
  •   45% of heroin users also had a prescription opioid addiction


Cocaine is undoubtedly a popular drug throughout the world. It accounts for 35.3 million Americans struggling with addiction. The use of cocaine is “fashionable” among the elite around the globe. It also runs rampant throughout poverty-stricken areas.


  •   145 metric tons of cocaine was used
  •   2.3 million users (of which 0.5 million used 21+ days in 1 month)
  •   User breakdown by age (misuse during 2016)
  •   12-17 yrs: 0.5%
  •   18-25 yrs: 5.6%
  •   26+ yrs: 1.4%

Prescription Painkillers

Codeine is an opioid either derived from the poppy plant or synthetically. Painkillers prescribed by physicians contain opiates to relieve moderate to severe pain. Patients who have had surgery, or suffer from acute or chronic pain are prescribed opioid painkillers.

The longer we take these painkillers, the higher the risk of developing an addiction. Drug abusers intentionally use these drugs to get high.


  •   User breakdown by age (misuse during 2016)
  •   12-17 yrs: 3.6%
  •   18-25 yrs: 7.3%
  •   26+ yrs: 4%

Prescription Sedatives

For those of us who have insomnia, our physician prescribes a sedative (sleeping pill.) Drug abusers have developed a rather bizarre way to use sedatives.

A new trend in using Ambien and Lunesta requires a user to intentionally stay awake to “chill and relax.”

However, they have no recollection of what transpires once the drug kicks in. Many of us genuinely struggle with insomnia and have grown dependent on it. 2016

  •   Zolpidem was in the Top 10 overdose drugs.


Methamphetamines (Meth) is a reality in the U.S. with meth labs popping up in unsuspecting places. This drug is powerful and HIGHLY ADDICTIVE. The sudden rush causes us to have a surge of energy, and uncontrollable movements.

“Meth mouth” is a tale-tell sign of meth use. Meth addiction is a hideous thing to struggle with.


  •   171 metric tons of methamphetamines was used
  •   3.2 million users (of which 1.1 million used 21+ days in 1 month)
  •   User breakdown by age (misuse during 2016)
  •   12-17 yrs: 0.1%
  •   18-25 yrs: 0.8%
  •   26+ yrs: 0.5%

Prescription Stimulants

Those of us who have ADHD, ADD, or narcolepsy are often prescribed a stimulant drug.

Stimulants cause us to feel energetic, alert, and super focused. These drugs are abused by all walks of life but mainly those who are in school or college. Executives have also been known to use stimulants to work around the clock.

Designer Drugs

This categorical addiction is caused by some of the nastiest drugs in the world. Designer drugs are illicit/illegal drugs that clandestine labs create.

Combinations of deadly drugs are mixed or cooked to come up with street drugs known by their slang names.

  •   Iso
  •   N-Bomb
  •   Pink
  •   Gray Death
  •   China White


Young adults are more prone to abuse inhalants. These substances range from aerosol sprays, markers, glues, cleaning fluids, gases, solvents, and paints. The act of inhaling is known as “huffing.” The prescriptive inhalant used for chest pain (nitrites) is among those abused inhalants.


Hallucinogens are drugs that alter the way we feel. “Tripping out” is a common phrase used to describe what these drugs do to us. Seeing things that are not there is what drives abusers to use.

Back in the 1960s, LSD was highly abused to evoke a “trip” while in a nightclub or listening to psychedelic music. PCP is also a hallucinogen that abusers reach for. Both are very powerful!

The Connection Between Addiction and Mental Illness

Mental illness and addiction have a close association. We try to escape the symptoms of mental illness through the use of drugs. Likewise, the use of drugs causes worsening of mental illness symptoms. Our desire to feel better is not relieved through abusing drugs.

Additionally, if you do not have a mental illness, you can develop one from using drugs.


  •   31.3% of adults with any mental illness abused alcohol.
  •   36.7% of adults with any mental illness abused illicit drugs.

Treatment for Addiction

If you have an addiction to any substance, Resurgence California can help you! We understand why you get caught in the vicious cycle of using. Our highly trained professionals will give you the tools to break free from addiction. However, you have to take the first step by getting help.

Resurgence California treatment centers are modern with a family-like atmosphere, unlike the stodgy institutional-like treatment centers of yesterday. We treat people from all walks of life, including celebrities, homemakers, fathers, mothers, grandparents, CEOs, and more.

Once you arrive at our center, you will feel relaxed and safe. The healing environment embraces you the minute you walk in! You have a choice of standard or more luxurious accommodations and amenities. We want everyone to feel comfortable while getting treatment.

We use evidence-based therapies for addiction, which include cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Detox is a therapy that most undergo to cleanse their body of drugs or alcohol. You can detox medically if you choose.

A medical detox keeps you comfortable during the process. After detoxing, you will advance to partial hospitalization to help you slowly regain momentum as you ease back into life. Graduating to an outpatient is a proud moment for all.

You will continue scheduled visits as an outpatient. If extenuating circumstances get in the way of your visits, you have the option of doing intensive outpatient therapy.

Payment and Insurance

When it comes time to make a payment, we accept convenient payments through our secure online payment.

If you need to take advantage of payment plans, let us know.

We will be more than glad to contact your insurance to verify coverage.

We accept most PPO insurances. If you do not see your insurance in our listing below, give us a call.

  • Assurant Health
  • Vista Insurance Partners
  • Humana
  • Ameritas Group
  • Health Net
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Blue Cross
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

So, now it comes down to you making that phone call. What are you waiting for? A healthier, happier you is within your reach.

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Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.