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  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users refer to cocaine as coke, snow, blow, nose candy, dust, white lady, toot ... said, many people who use cocaine do so without experiencing addiction and other severe problems, as ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... lyrics. In it, Stitches brags about his coke-dealing past and says things like “Better have my money when I come to collect” and “I love selling blow!” He also raps about selling cocaine to “pregnant b*tches” in another ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... and/or paranoia Changing You Forever in a Moment Researchers have intently studied this coke trip under the microscope; they tell us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain's reward center. And that's partly why it's ... continue reading
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  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... it's an everyday battle. Unfortunately, these recent high-profile tragedies also prove that addiction is also a lifelong battle. The following nine quotes are from former addicts who set out to show how difficult - and ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... 5 . Traumatic brain injuries are often a result of a sudden blow to the head or an object piercing the brain through the ... worse with continued cocaine use. Need Help Understanding Your Addiction Treatment Options? Call ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks

    Both illicit and prescription drugs present many risks to individuals who abuse them. Drug abuse affects the brain in many ways that may lead to erratic, dangerous behaviors, social and emotional problems, and the development of addiction. In ...

    ... behaviors, social and emotional problems, and the development of addiction. In addition to its toll on mental and behavioral ... illicit and prescription drugs such as: Cocaine (coke, crack). Amphetamine (Adderall) and other ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... 23 now, and it felt like she was waking up from a long sleep. She sipped on her sixth Diet Coke while the bridesmaids got progressively drunker. They were ordering shots and she couldn't help but be annoyed. Her sister ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Stigma

    The concept of stigma describes the powerful, negative perceptions commonly associated with substance abuse and addiction. Stigma has the potential to negatively affect a person's self-esteem, damage relationships with loved ones, and prevent those ...

    ... people or society at large understood about addiction. Their responses help illustrate the importance of remaining kind, compassionate, and human. The image below includes quotes from some of the respondents. How Stigma ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... times more potent, experts warn, with an addiction level stronger than heroin. Though effects of smoking ... as $2 to score a “hit” of Spice. When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... a decreased flow of blood, no matter the frequency of use. Whether the mice received 30 days of chronic cocaine use or two repeated injections of the drug, Pan and his team noted a dramatic drop in blood flow speed ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... they were seriously sad or just a little angry. Researchers also found that the subjects who had taken cocaine had an increased heart rate and higher levels of cortisol, the hormone that regulates how the body responds ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

    Despite the declines in the death rate over the last 20 years, cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent public health issues in the US. According to the National Cancer Institute 1 : More than 68 million people will receive a cancer ...

    ... Your health can't wait. Call to get help for addiction now. Khat Khat is a plant native to Eastern Africa and ... be toxic and cancer-causing 16 . Cocaine . It is a common practice of cocaine dealers to add or mix in other ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... . Put Your Life in Order Every person struggling with addiction lets certain things slide. Maybe you're behind on ... day than struggle to the corner store for a can of Coke, you'll start to reap the rewards in all areas of ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... reasons. For example, use of this drug causes severe dry mouth and increases exposure to cavity-causing bacteria. Cocaine also causes users to clench and grind their teeth, wearing down the surface enamel. So what's the ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... of “Vin Mariani”, a Bordeaux wine treated with coca leaves. The active ingredient of this beverage was cocaine, which undoubtedly played a huge role in Edison's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... drug deal. 2. Eddie Nash Eddie Nash was a cocaine trader in the film Wonderland. A kingpin of the Los ... film about the drug trade in Miami, and it's a coked-up Tony Montana who gets the insane label. Played by Al Pacino ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris when they were out drinking together last weekend. He called Chris to apologize, saying it ... continue reading
  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

    Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 27 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users. That figure amounts to 1 in every 10 people having used illegal drugs in the past month. With a ...

    ... . Cutting Drugs with Other Substances Below are some of the more commonly encountered cutting agents found in popularly abused drugs. Cocaine may contain: Lidocaine : a local anesthetic with numbing qualities similar to ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... . Dustin T. Duncan Perception Among Peers Report findings also showed lower peer disapproval of marijuana and cocaine use when associated with neighborhood drug sales. “The clear association between open drug selling and ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... . Retraining Traditionally, law enforcement agencies taught their dogs to sniff out heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the amount present ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... chosen to take a different route. One business quoted in the NPR article installed a blue light to ... about, said Dr. Alex Walley, director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Boston Medical Center. Should We ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. Since drugs have been used, there were always those who abused them, which led to full-blown ...

    ... always those who abused them, which led to full-blown addiction and the bevy of side effects that come with it ... they discovered that: Between 1980 and 1984, first-time cocaine users averaged 1.3 million per year. By 1994, ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... painkillers by his senior year of college, but heroin, cocaine and alcohol were his primary drugs of choice. He ... pick up some of the tab. It's such a bad word, addiction… but it really isn't. That's my truth. Tautolo, 60, ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... said Linda Lewaniak, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine for Amita Health at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health ... are much lower than for alcohol, cocaine, heroin or nicotine,that withdrawal symptoms are ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... Irregular or slow breathing Clammy, pale, or bluish skin Stimulant Overdose While overdosing on stimulants (cocaine, speed, methamphetamine) is not as deadly, statistically speaking, as overdosing on depressants, it is ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... . Health Risks : Nicotine, the main ingredient in e-liquids, is as addictive as heroin and cocaine . People who smoke traditional cigarettes already have a hard enough time breaking their nicotine habits; adding E ... continue reading
  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

    Frenchman Guy Vallerius - aka the “OxyMonster”- is accused of selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering; he's facing at ...

    Frenchman Guy Vallerius - aka the “OxyMonster”- is accused of selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and money ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... The Netherlands Forensic Institute Intelligent Fingerprinting, a private company The primary focus of their research was cocaine , but they say this technique will work for detecting a variety of drugs, including heroin ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not without its risks. ... Suboxone and cocaine produces two dangerous effects for users. As a stimulant, or “upper,” cocaine has shown to ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... — meaning it's in the same class as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines. By some accounts, the number ... he wanted. When his friends expressed concerns of addiction, he blew off their warnings. Now the semester was over ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... the help of professionals greatly increases the chances of overcoming a cocaine habit. If you are looking to transition back into a healthy, addiction-free lifestyle, call our helpline today at and speak to a helpful ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... A recent study gives us more insight into the human brain as it is continually exposed to cocaine, eventually leading to addiction. With Ted's first few uses, taking the drug is voluntary. However, the use eventually ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... their brains. Loved ones should keep in mind it's more than “just saying no.” Those struggling with cocaine addiction need the right treatment and support to break free from this cycle. With time and treatment, Tony can ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... to traditional drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, in order to quickly pick up on potential drug epidemics.” Additional Reading: What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today? Image Source: Pixabay ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine before going out with his friends. Suddenly, he meets ... connect. Continued use leads to reliance, then addiction …and this cycle does not encourage intimacy. ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... much really, except they increase their prices to cover the cost of the fancy new containers and colorful labels. Additional Reading: When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... 148 per person. At more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U.N. Office on ... Reading: Chicken vs. Egg - Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... beer for my husband. I did bring it up to him…once. He blew it off. His response was, “What, you think I'm an alcoholic ... get worse. Meanwhile, I plan to continue researching addiction and I'm seeking a support group for ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... . This significantly increases the risk of taking more than your body can handle. Also, when you mix cocaine and alcohol, your body creates a byproduct called cocaethylene in the liver, a dangerous chemical compound that ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... impairment might underlie disadvantageous decision making in these individuals.” Luckily, a potential antidote for cocaine addiction could soon be on the way. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen recently found ... continue reading
  • Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    Substance abuse can negatively impact the reproductive health of both sexes in a number of ways and may contribute to serious problems like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, and cancer . Women who use drugs and alcohol while ...

    ... in men 8 . Men who use marijuana and cocaine may experience changes in hormone levels that can affect ... long-term health problems for children 12 . American Addiction Centers maintains a strong partnership with a large ... continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

    Chronic drug and alcohol abuse can lead to severe kidney damage or failure. The damage is not always direct; some substances may indirectly cause harm to the kidneys via biologic events triggered outside of the renal system itself. These secondary ...

    ... be particularly dangerous for someone suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol who is often increasing ... like heroin, rhabdomyolysis is commonly seen in those who abuse cocaine, and it can lead to kidney failure 2 . ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Snorting and Sniffing Drugs

    Users abuse drugs in varying ways; some drugs are taken orally, while others are smoked, injected, or snorted. Each mode of administration elicits its effects differently and presents with unique dangers. Compared with oral routes, snorting or ...

    ... kinds of inhalants. You can recover from addiction. Get help finding treatment today at . Overdose Risk Snorting drugs such as cocaine can have fatal consequences. Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant that can ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... and Suicidal Thoughts Mood Swings and Irritability Treatment Barriers Slow Progress Successfully treating a cocaine addiction can be difficult. Truth be told, the options available to physicians and clinicians at ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... them more likely to get hooked. Should We Adjust Our Cocaine Rehab Treatment Methods? “Our study will change the way we think about addiction research to emphasize the need to further understand female subjects, as ... continue reading
  • Eating Disorder Treatment

    Drug Abuse and Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran, 2007). When ...

    ... disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage ... the risk of relapse. Research shows that treating only one addiction at a time can make the other get worse (Mee- ... continue reading
  • A Living Nightmare: 5 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Benzos

    Written by Dean Dauphinais It's no secret that prescription drugs can work miracles when obtained legally and taken as directed. But do you know that some prescription meds can also make your life a living hell. Such is the case with ...

    ... ease the stress I was feeling while dealing with my son's addiction (Oh, the irony!). He told me it would calm me ... mentioned in the same conversations as heroin, crack cocaine, crystal meth, amphetamines, and methadone. My ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... take the drug in a short period of time to stay high. Repeated use of cocaine can lead to addiction. Cocaine increases the amount of available dopamine in the brain by preventing the dopamine from being recycled ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... Help is available. Find resources for Percocet addiction here . Substance Side Effects Learn about ... the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... published in the June 2017 edition of Journal of Addiction Medicine. To arrive at this conclusion, researchers asked ... these students exhibited: Higher rates of cocaine use Prescription stimulant misuse Higher rates of ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... over traditional therapies when treating ailments such as depression, ADD, bipolar disorder, and even cocaine addiction . Some of the common side effects of gabapentin include: Lack of stability Drowsiness Memory ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... my car crying and exclaiming that I was drunk. In fact, I blew a .32 and was under the influence of a sizable amount of ... you or a loved one have experience with active addiction and the legal system? Feel free to share ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... husband, the window was open as the North Carolina air blew in. How could her baby brother be in jail? Her ... Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... a drug than is necessary, which can also lead to addiction. The following is a list of the seven most addictive ... it also can be used as a substitute for cocaine when snorted or injected. This drug can cause increases ... continue reading
  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol, nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, ...

    ... then, protection would last only 3-6 months. 19 This holds true in the hierarchy of addictions, too. With 50 million nicotine addicts, 1.4 million cocaine addicts and 400,000 meth addicts in the U.S., it's no wonder that ... continue reading
  • Teenagers and Drugs: 11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment

    There is a common misconception that teenagers who experiment with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.” Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small ...

    ... alcohol are often used to enhance certain experiences. Cocaine and Adderall are commonly used to enhance energy and ... If there is a family history of drug addiction or alcoholism, teenagers may be genetically predisposed ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

    The Function of the Liver The liver plays an extremely important role in the body. It ensures the removal of toxins and has numerous other functions, including: Fat metabolism: The liver cells — or hepatocytes — are able to process dietary and ...

    ... Recreational and illicit drugs: Heroin 13 . Inhalants 14 . Cocaine 15 . MDMA or Ecstasy 16 . Methamphetamine 17 . ... pharmaceuticals. If you abuse drugs or alcohol, seek addiction treatment to help you get clean. continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Information and How Substance Abuse Starts

    Substance Abuse: An Introduction From prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to street drugs and alcohol, virtually any drug can be abused. While illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine are abused any time they are used, prescription ...

    ... be abused. While illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine are abused any time they are used, prescription ... is an issue, it's only a matter of time before addiction takes hold. It's important to get help before an overdose ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... into the equation. The recreational substances commonly used by the group of swingers included marijuana , cocaine , MDMA and alkyl nitrates (poppers). The scientists also discovered high rates of risky and unprotected ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... pressure cooker; things are always on the verge of blowing up. It's hard to understand substance abuse if ... to a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse and addiction. You're so selfish. Why don't you just stop ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... much in common. For those who believe all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA report proves otherwise. Here ... 3.1 percent in the country), while 11.9 percent claim cocaine as a drug of choice (vs. 5.6 percent rural). Rural ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... of dopamine nearly four times the level that cocaine use does, prolonged meth use over time ultimately ... stemming from meth use. Financial Difficulties Meth addiction can quickly become an all-consuming expense. ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably ... , but are very likely to cause long-term addiction issues. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

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  • Free, National and 24-Hour Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hotline Numbers

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  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

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  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

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  • Substance Abuse FAQs

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  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

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  • Drug Abuse Prevention

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  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

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  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

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  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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