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10 commonly used recreational drugs in America

10 commonly used recreational drugs in America

06-30 | CDAH Team

Drugs of any kind are always a threat to human health. Whether one gets addicted to prescription medications or recreational drugs, the negative impact on an individual’s physical and mental health is immense. Recreational drugs, in fact, are hallucinogenic as they have mixed effects on thoughts, emotions and decision-making abilities. Some of the drugs commonly used for leisure, include heroin, marijuana, LSD, cocaine and ecstasy.

Recreational drugs can be snorted, smoked, injected or administered orally. Their use is common among the youth as they give a feeling of euphoria and happiness. As the high school students stand on the threshold of new life, they don’t want to be left out or be let down by their peers. They also misbelieve that drugs will ease their worries and give them acceptance among friends and seniors. What begins as a means of experimentation slowly turns into dependence and addiction with fatal effects.

Though alcohol and tobacco remain the top most commonly used recreational drugs, marijuana’s use for leisure purposes has increased post legalization. HealthGrove is a health site that presents trends in drug use after collecting information from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Treatment Episode Data Set, maintained by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Monitoring the Future Study. Here are the findings of the last survey on use of recreational drugs among young people aged 12 years and older:

  1. Alcohol: 61.42 percent people drink alcohol.
  2. Tobacco: 31.1 percent people consume tobacco in the form of cigarette, cigar, hookah etc.
  3. Marijuana: 17.68 percent of people use marijuana. It’s commonly known by cannabis, dope and blunt.
  4. Hydrocodone (Vicodin): 8.9 percent users admitted using the drug in 2014. It is available in the form of pills, tablets or capsules.
  5. Amphetamine (Adderall): There were 2.8 percent users in 2014. Common street names include black beauties, crosses and hearts.
  6. Cocaine: 2.19 percent consume the drug. It is available in the form of powder and crystal. Common street names are blow, bump, C and candy.
  7. Oxycodone (Oxycontin): 2.05 percent reported to have used the drug for pleasure in 2014. The drug is available in the form of capsules, liquid and tablets and sold by the name of OxyContin, Percodan and Percocet.
  8. Alprazolam (Xanax): 6.56 percent use this drug recreationally. It is available in the form of pills, liquid and capsules.
  9. MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly): 1.26 percent users in 2014. Known by street names Molly, Adam, Clarity and Eve.
  10. LSD: 1.07 percent used LSD for recreational purposes. Street names are purple haze, acid, blotter, and cube.

Recreational use of drugs can lead to addiction and dependency. Some of the sure signs of transformation from recreational use to addiction are – steady increase in the  frequency of drug use, dependency on the drug to fulfill physical and emotional needs, distortion of thought and action, hallucination, poor heartbeat, sweating, loss of appetite and tremors. A sudden intake of high quantity of these drugs can even cause instant death.

Road to recovery

Drug addiction is treatable provided help is sought timely. Most common interventions include medication and psychotherapies along with experiential therapies, such as yoga. The first and foremost step in preparing the body for recovery is detox where the toxins are gently removed from the body. The period is marked by high chances of relapse, therefore, guidance of an expert is favorable.

The Colorado Drug Addiction Helpline provides much-needed information to those looking for the right treatment. If you wish to know about the best drug rehab in Colorado, call us on our 24/7 helpline number (866) 218-7546 or chat with our medical professionals to get connected to one of the finest addiction treatment centers in Colorado.


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