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What are the most common addictive drugs?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Many Texas residents struggle with addiction, but some often don’t realize they need help until they hit rock bottom. If a person abuses substances, it could lower their inhibitions and increase their risk of intoxicated driving and drug charges. These are the most common addictive drugs.


Alcohol ranks as one of the most addictive and abused substances. However, because it’s not illegal and it’s widely accepted, more people turn to it and end up becoming dependent. Sadly, this can quickly lead to full-blown addiction. In addition to possible drunk driving accidents, a can suffer health problems such as liver disease.


Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is usually abused through injection. It carries severe withdrawal symptoms, so it’s impossible for a person to quit cold turkey. As a type of opioid drug, heroin has a significant effect on brain chemistry. The individual craves more and more and is at the mercy of the drug, with some turning to criminal activity. Many people who abuse heroin sadly lose their lives by overdosing.


Cocaine can be abused in different ways: through snorting or injecting. It is a stimulant that can increase a person’s heart rate and blood pressure and make them feel as though they’re invincible. Repeated abuse can also result in organ damage and an increased risk of stroke. These are dangerous effects that can be life-threatening. When it’s regularly snorted, cocaine can also lead to serious damage to the lining and tissues of the nose.


Opioids are among the most widely abused drugs. Many people have legal prescriptions for them to treat chronic pain and certain illnesses. Unfortunately, opioids are very addictive, which is why they have become a huge public health crisis.

Drug addiction can destroy lives. Seeking help sooner rather than later could save lives.