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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 ...

    ... effects of cocaine are varied and depend on both the dosage and the person using it. These may include insomnia, paranoia, anxiety, increased body temperature, faster heart rate and nausea/vomiting. Long-term users who ... 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 ...

    ... effects on the cardiovascular system. The family of psychostimulant drugs includes illicit and prescription drugs such as: Cocaine (coke ... a heart attack ). Additionally, long-term abuse of psychostimulants can cause spasms ... 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 ...

    ... 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 addiction and the bevy of side effects ... and 1984, first-time cocaine users averaged 1.3 ... continue reading
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  • 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, ...

    ... use can impair short-term memory, judgment, thinking and driving, and long-term use has been linked to ... longer to set in. He also expressed concern about the drug not being labeled with warnings of potential side effects ... 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 ...

    ... potential side effects , depending on the specific drug being used: Those abusing stimulants like cocaine ... important to get help before an overdose or substantial long-term damage occurs. Learn more at our article, Taking ... 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 ...

    ... FDA-approved medications available for treating cocaine dependency. Attempts to develop an effective form of cocaine-related MAT have been unsuccessful. Issues with side effects, potential for abuse, and method of ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... can in fact cure your addiction. Origins Ibogaine has a long history of use, beginning in the country of Gabon, ... that it's still illegal in the U.S. Side Effects of Ibogaine After having ibogaine therapy, you might ... 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 ...

    ... off the drug can eliminate most of the side effects and make the withdrawal process smoother. 4. ... awake longer, so you might see someone with narcolepsy taking them. These drugs cause euphoric effects similar to cocaine ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... result, your body feels effects from head to toe. Some of those effects include: Dilated pupils A ... have intently studied this coke trip under the microscope; they tell us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain's ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... her life. She was 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 ... 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 ...

    ... Eddie Nash Eddie Nash was a cocaine trader in the film Wonderland. ... up Tony Montana who gets the insane label. Played by Al Pacino, he rises to the top of the Florida drug trade by treating human life as valueless as long ... 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 ...

    ... Users report that the highs off Spice last much longer than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price. The danger is that ... compounds, which can produce dangerous side effects. Additional Reading: Mirror Mirror: ... 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 ...

    ... by his senior year of college, but heroin, cocaine and alcohol were his primary drugs of choice. ... lot of work to do, but…I've never been clean and sober this long since I was 11,” he said. “The best part is being able to ... 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 ...

    ... his “wonder drug.” In a letter written to his fiancée, Freud said: “I expect (cocaine) will win its place in therapeutics by the side of morphine … I take very small doses of it regularly against depression and against ... 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 ... intense headache. He collapsed on the floor as his whole left side went numb. He heard his co-worker call 911. Darren ... 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 ...

    ... trouble concentrating. It can also last a long time—as long as a couple of years in severe ... do more every day than struggle to the corner store for a can of Coke, you'll start to reap the rewards in all areas of life. 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 ...

    ... a result of a sudden blow to the head or an ... Long-term cocaine abuse appears to cause a process known as “kindling,” in which it takes smaller and smaller doses over time to induce the same or more severe negative effects ... 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; ...

    ... probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; things are always on the verge of blowing up. It's hard to understand substance abuse if you've never been in its clutches and it can be ... 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 ...

    ... city addicts say heroin is their drug of choice (vs. 3.1 percent in the country), while 11.9 percent claim cocaine as a drug of choice (vs. 5.6 percent rural). Rural addicts began using drugs at a younger age (between 15 ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... but the dangerous trend is not that simple or one-sided. In order to understand us, you have to put ... alcohol are often used to enhance certain experiences. Cocaine and Adderall are commonly used to enhance energy and ... 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 ...

    ... car crying and exclaiming that I was drunk. In fact, I blew a .32 and was under the influence of a sizable amount of ... back to court to request to stay on probation longer, or else I faced ten violations. The judge agreed ... 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 ...

    ... painkillers or heroin ) 74 percent had used cocaine 74 percent had used LSD One of the ... the substances, they can have unpredictable, often dangerous, side effects. “Hundreds of new psychoactive drugs have come out ... 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 ... you're tipsy enough to engage, you're no longer in a state to develop meaningful relationships. When you ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... cause for treatment. Cryptocurrency may be joining the ranks of cocaine, methamphetamines, gambling and alcohol. For some, it is ... they are not alone. The Flip Side Of course, there are two sides to every coin, even when it ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... when normal teenage experimentation turns into a full blown addiction? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, ... . Lying to Others Arguably, addiction's most destructive effect to a family is its ability to create shame ... continue reading
  • Are These 7 Things Really as Addictive as Drugs?

    When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn't limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that ...

    ... says “can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive.” 1 ... the flip-flop between ecstasy and desperation or the longing and damaging actions taken in the name of love ... 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 ...

    ... ' drug sales will hopefully reduce peer approval, and subsequently illicit drug use,” Duncan said. Additional Reading : Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow Image Credits: Instagram/themathhattan 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
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... to as a co-occurring disorder or comorbidity. These terms all mean the same thing: that you're suffering from ... your mental health condition more complicated. On the flip side, if you abuse drugs, you are putting your ... 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 ...

    ... Researchers also found that the subjects who had taken cocaine had an increased heart rate and higher levels of ... even when they are no longer under the influence. “We know that cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... 's history, killing more people than heroin and crack cocaine.” In the wake of a media nightmare, VA pain ... some relief, veterans generally aren't warned about the side effects of this opioid drug and they don't understand ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... are working to help keep us safe. If you're sure you need to leave a place, get out as fast as you can. Side note: I never did figure out why I was afraid of grocery stores. As far as I know, I've never been assaulted by ... 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, ...

    ... have severe side effects, too, ... long half-life—it lingers in the nervous system—antibodies have to be especially robust to flush out the molecules. 20 As for cocaine, simply taking more of the drug overcomes the effect ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has created a buzz around the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden ...

    ... The golden nugget represents any drug of choice - alcohol, cocaine, opiates, benzos, heroin and much more. Not only does ... the first place, it would have been on a longer journey to find its satisfaction. Are we bound to ... 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 ...

    ... speeds. Cocaine on the Brain Doctors and researchers are always searching for better ways to understand drugs and their effects on ... and boost tissue engineering. Learn more about the risks and side effects of drug abuse . continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... box-office juggernaut Avengers: Endgame . But not so long ago, he was practically unhireable due to his drinking ... when he was arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine. As reported in a 2003 interview with the New ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... . Tatum O'Neal As a result of dealing with her mentally unstable mother, Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal turned to cocaine by age twenty. 20. Johnny Depp Johnny Depp became a heavy drinker simply because of his claim to fame . ... 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 ...

    ... for sugar. Aside from that, methamphetamine drugs are extremely acidic, creating a detrimental environment for teeth. Cocaine: Cocaine has lethal effects on the body, especially the teeth. Tooth decay is prominent among ... 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 ...

    ... becoming dependent on that little “buzz” the drink gave me. The effect was similar to a glass of wine, and it almost made me ... students exhibited: Higher rates of cocaine use Prescription stimulant misuse Higher rates ... 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 ...

    ... levels in females affected not only the quantity of dopamine released to their brain in response to the cocaine, but also how long the dopamine stayed active in their brain cells. As a result, the pleasurable “high ... 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 ...

    ... to cause cancer . Once ingested, the toxic effects of tobacco smoke can potentially damage every organ system ... be toxic and cancer-causing 16 . Cocaine . It is a common practice of cocaine dealers to add or mix in other ... 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 ...

    ... to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss become severely impaired through long-term cocaine use. The findings were published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Neuroscience ... 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 ...

    ... $248 billion, but that breaks down to just $11,148 per person. At more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2016 that heroin use has ... 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 ...

    ... my husband. I did bring it up to him…once. He blew it off. His response was, “What, you think I'm an ... evaluate his behavior: Does he experience temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss? (Not that I know of.) Does he ... continue reading
  • 6 Effective Ways to Communicate Through Addiction

    As humans, we crave social interaction with one another. Communication skills pave the way for meaningful conversations, telling funny jokes or relaying our heartaches. Despite its importance, our ability to communicate is one of the first skills we ...

    ... if they don't recognize us anymore. On the other side of that conversation, you'll find us - the chemically ... as simple as it sounds. The physical and mental effects of withdrawal are excruciating and, in many cases, life ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... responsible for both heightened attention and pleasure. This effect on brain chemistry, coupled with the fact that ... then the risk of misuse will be an issue long-before college. As this large (and impressionable) sector ... 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 ...

    ... therapy - to cure alcoholism. I was a little mind-blown when I read that…because I used MDMA to party. ... and get to the heart of the problems that drive long-term mental illness.” I'm in support of building connection ... 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 ...

    ... 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 an ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... be vigilant to ensure that their abilities are in no way compromised before taking to the skies.” Learn more about the mental and physical side effects of drugs . Photo credit: Christophe Launay/intelligent-aerospace continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... out against the prevalence of drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Instagram Image 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. ...

    ... at risk for stroke, seizure and - if too much constriction occurs - death. As the effects of cocaine spread through Ted's body, his brain's chemical messengers start to misfire. These neurotransmitters (norepinephrine ... 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 . ...

    ... by the nicknames, the two neurons have opposite effects. The urge neurons promote feelings of reward and ... this urge. Once cocaine is used over a long period of time, the imbalance becomes sustained. Cocaine use takes over ... 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 ...

    ... but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up for family events, ... husband, the window was open as the North Carolina air blew in. How could her baby brother be in jail? ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... Cravings are one of the most profound effects of substance abuse, dependence and addiction. Cravings ... leap of faith and believe that what is waiting on the other side of addiction is a path to a more fulfilling future. It ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

    “Whether or not we look at addiction as a “disease,” we can clearly see that changes in the brain do occur that promote continued use.” In the past, addiction was viewed as stemming from an individual's moral failing and weakness of will ...

    ... : Claim A: All or most people who use heroin or cocaine beyond a certain minimum amount become addicted. Claim B: No ... substance use which provides short-term benefit in the face of long-term risks. Is Addiction Hereditary ... continue reading
  • Drug Prevention | Abuse

    Drug prevention programs are designed to provide the education and support necessary to diminish drug dependency in communities, schools and the workplace. Drug abuse prevention has become an important first step in informing specific individuals ...

    ... . This often requires continued leadership and financial support. Important Facts Drug abuse has a pervasive effect on an entire community. Understanding drug use risk factors and spreading the word through prevention ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... Smoking, Inhaling, Increased Quantity Plus, the nature of smoking marijuana is that the inhaled smoke is held longer in the lungs than cigarette smoke, the research team adds. With all things considered, the possibility ... 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
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

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    ... 'll say things like “Bob's been busted for three DUIs, but I never get behind the wheel when I'm wasted.” As long as there's someone out there who's much worse off than they are, it's easy to feel a little superior. All ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

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  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

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    ... other things. The resulting product is a drug called Krokodil which mimics the effects of heroin for a quarter of the price. Krokodil's Scary Side Effects The problem is that Krokodil is a highly toxic substance that has ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... low testosterone levels. Opioid addiction or using long-acting opioids for over a month can result in ... opioid users can also experience a number of side effects related to their mood, behavior and overall psychological ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche and ... motor coordination as morphine does. This side effect can be especially concerning for older adults ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... only an attempt to numb difficult emotions, it's also a socially acceptable and inexpensive way to unwind after a long and stressful day. This habit can quickly progress since it's easier to justify the amount of alcohol ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... , who worked on the study. “There has been a shortage of primary care practitioners in rural areas for a long time,” said Monnat. “Often, emergency rooms or urgent care clinics might be the only place for someone to ... continue reading
  • 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 - ...

    ... years but still think about using heroin everyday. Sometimes the thought is fleeting, but sometimes it scares me how long I think about using. Whenever it gets to be too much, I also think about the hopelessness of that ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

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    ... so-called friendships we have are shallow and without meaning, they still make us feel less alone than we would if they were no longer around. Irrational Fear #2 We will be judged If our friends get sober, they will no ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... me to my knees. The gut punches become relentless, taking my breath away in sobs that I can no longer control. How does a grieving mother survive a holiday forged in her honor? The Deafening Silence of Loneliness There ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

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    ... Drug treatment in American prisons is even more crucial today. Some states are even taking steps to reduce long prison sentences for those convicted as a result of non-violent drug possession crimes. Last November, Prop ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... in a rampant epidemic of opioid addiction . Although OxyContin may not be the epidemic's drug of choice any longer, there are a select number of drugs poised to be injected into its place. One of those drugs is Opana ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... 's an extreme consequence for a child who brings a Tylenol pill to school. The Dropout Effect Raises Red Flags This level of educational derailment can significantly increase dropout rates, and suspensions and expulsions ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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    ... or state agency has made provisions for marijuana use for animals. Even Segerblom admitted that pot could have a negative effect on the animals, but said there's no way to know for sure unless vets can test out the ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best friends ...

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  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

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    ... It was actually “occasional” drinkers - people who had less than one drink per week - who lived the longest. However, the research team concluded that it was unlikely that such infrequent drinking would be the reason for ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

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    ... asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll gain respect by doing what you need to do to get healthy. After all, if you don't ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

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    ... . He is, however, dealing with one unexpected side effect: a congenital heart problem. This is an issue ... potential for abuse,” the potential benefits and side effects of ibogaine remain unknown. Is Ibogaine an Effective ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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    ... legal to use cannabis in some cases, the K9 unit no longer needs them to focus on this drug. Instead, police departments in ... taught their dogs to sniff out heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

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    ... . The Evolution of Marijuana Laws The legalization of marijuana is a perfect sample of this law-making domino effect. One of the most recent examples comes out of California. In the Golden State, lawmakers have come to ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

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    ... of his passing: Mullin, Patrick Joseph, Irondequoit: Died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the age of 32 after a long battle with addiction. Patrick's father, Joe, explained , “We're not going to solve this problem by keeping ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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    ... of site visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use (get the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and generally “maximize the experience of intoxication.” The thing is, any Joe Somebody can get ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

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    ... for acute pain management.” Although there is growing support to reduce dental opioid prescriptions, their long-standing culture of prescribing likely won't change quickly. In the meantime, however, dentists need to ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

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    ... great things I have going - and focus all my energy there instead. I Have Gratitude for My Life For as long as I can remember, I took my life for granted. But after losing my freedom and almost killing myself and others ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

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    ... blood flow from your heart. Congestive heart failure: As your heart and arteries become less effective, blood no longer travels through the body as it should. In many cases, blood pools up in areas of the body like ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

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    ... of thinking that the only way to feel better is by indulging at a lavish spa or taking a week-long getaway to a tropical island. But feeling better and relieving stress don't have to be time consuming or expensive ... continue reading
  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

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    ... are sweaty and my heart is beating fast.” Describe as many thoughts and sensations as possible until you no longer feel the craving. Urge surfing can help you realize that cravings come in waves and will eventually pass ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

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    ... wrong-doings enables them to continue to make the same poor choices. Accountability is far more helpful in the long run. 5. Bailing Them Out of Sticky Situations Helping someone out of a predicament caused by drug use ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

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    ... get lucky in our teens, it can have a negative effect on our ability to enjoy a healthy, vibrant sex life ... drugs worsens mental health. Prolonged drug use side-steps the need to address underlying mental health issues ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

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    ... happen before they seek out help. Rock-bottom has become a mythical place where we finally admit we can no longer manage our chaotic lives; it's supposed to be a pivotal moment in which we instinctively know that things ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

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  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

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  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

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  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

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  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

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