According to federal government studies, 15 million Americans are addicted to alcohol, 12 million to other drugs.
The marketplace presents an ever-changing array of chemicals people can abuse.
Yet alcoholism is and always has been the No. 1 problem people seek treatment for.
In the early 80’s, Valium was the second most abused drug, then cocaine surpassed it. Now opiates such as Vicodin, Percoset and OxyContin, usually legally prescribed, are in second place.