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The Dangers of Cocaine Addiction

The Dangers of Cocaine Addiction

One of the dangers of cocaine addiction is that many people are addicted and don’t even realize it. When a person uses cocaine, their whole body goes into overdrive. Their heart rate increases and they talk faster, move faster, and think more quickly. Cocaine is popular as a party drug. People use cocaine because it helps lessen the effects of…

Why Do Rehabs Recommend Aftercare in Addiction Treatment?

Why Do Rehabs Recommend Aftercare in Addiction Treatment?

The role of aftercare in addiction treatment is vital to helping a recovering addict maintain sobriety and prevent relapse after leaving rehab.  Most treatment providers work with clients during intake to create a plan for continuing support after they complete rehab. Aftercare helps provide the encouragement and guidance a person needs while attempting to rebuild their lives.  After being sheltered…

Opioid Addicts Turning to Dangerous New Fixes

Opioid Addicts Turning to Dangerous New Fixes

Opioid addicts are creative when it comes to getting their next fix.  Their latest trend involves a dangerous new drug known as Tianeptine.  This drug is not approved in the U.S., according to the CDC. But, it is sold in European, Latin American, and Asian countries for treating anxiety and depression. It is available in capsule, tablet, and powder form and is…

Teen Substance Abuse:  How Not to be an Enabling Parent

Teen Substance Abuse:  How Not to be an Enabling Parent

Parents of teens have a lot more to worry about these days than they would have a few decades ago.  Today, teen substance abuse seems almost normal and even expected to some degree.   But, that doesn’t mean it’s okay. Adolescents are naturally curious and tend toward risk-taking behavior.  They are also vulnerable and susceptible to peer pressure and the examples…

Understanding Addiction: A Non-Addict’s Viewpoint vs. An Addict’s Reality

Understanding Addiction: A Non-Addict’s Viewpoint vs. An Addict’s Reality

Despite the widespread education and awareness programs nationwide, many people still believe addiction is an issue of “mind over matter.” They don’t know and don’t want to know what addiction feels like. Naturally, some non-addicts hold themselves up as superior because they’ve managed to avoid drug or alcohol abuse. But, they need to know that given the right substance under…

Brain Damage That Can Occur With Drug Abuse

Within the past month, over 25 million people in the United States have used an illicit drug. Drug abuse of any kind can have serious side effects, especially on your brain. That is why it is important to realize just how dangerous these drugs are to your brain, and how they impair cognitive function. Drugs impact memory The brain is…

What Exactly is the Opioid Crisis?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard that the United States is suffering from an opioid crisis.  What is the opioid crisis?  This crisis involves more than two million Americans, who have become addicted to pills either through prescriptions or illegal sales. What are Opioids? The word “opioid” derives from “opium.”  They are drugs that…