long-term effects of cocaine on key organs

October 17, 2017 in Addiction

Despite some legal medicinal use as a pain reliever and vasoconstrictor, cocaine – a highly addictive central nervous system (CNS) psychostimulant – remains a Schedule II controlled substance due to a high potential for abuse and subsequent addiction.

For most people, cocaine is a popular recreational drug widely abused for its euphoric effects. Moreover, it has been portrayed as a party drug consumed by the rich and the famous. In reality, the adverse impacts of cocaine extend to all sections of the society, especially after the comparatively cheaper crack cocaine entered the market. One can understand the growing menace of cocaine by the fact that ‘crack’ cocaine is enlisted among the most addictive substances in the world.

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 Taking on the parenting role during recovery from addiction

October 05, 2017 in Addiction, Substance Abuse, Therapy, Treatment

Life in recovery from an addiction is full of challenges of various intensities. One such challenge is to maintain and rebuild relationships, including that with children. Parenting during early recovery needs a lot of balancing act as the person might have to devote a lot of time in aftercare. In addition, a parent might grapple with guilt feelings and face the wrath and indifference from children.

During recovery from drug addiction, a person can navigate through parenting by restoring children’s trust and nurturing a strong bond with them. Listed below are some important strategies that can help a parent during recovery:

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 Parents should help teens break the shackles of addiction

September 27, 2017 in Addiction

Discovering about a teen’s active addiction could be a deathblow to a parent. A parent might feel cheated, aggrieved and disoriented on finding about this reality. However, it is important to get over the emotional tumult and start planning the road to recovery for the child. Parents surely want to protect his or her child from addiction. Yet, it is extremely important to remember a couple of facts, all along, so that when the child finally wins over an addiction, parents are able to help him or her rebuild one’s life.

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 Smartphone apps for facilitating sobriety

September 22, 2017 in Substance Abuse

In this age of smartphones and high-speed internet connections, one can handle multiple tasks if one knows how to use the applications properly. From ordering groceries, hiring a cab, booking cinema tickets to ordering food, one can perform innumerable tasks and save a lot of time. Recently, some smartphone applications have garnered attention because of their role in helping maintain sobriety, after an addiction has been conquered.

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 Troubling relationship between affluence and substance abuse

September 13, 2017 in Addiction, Substance Abuse

Since human beings are known to hold certain popular beliefs, they often indulge in stereotyping the class of people who fall victim to alcohol or drug addiction. Until recently, people generally held prejudiced notions that drug and alcohol addiction affected those belonging to the poor socioeconomic strata. However, some recent studies have highlighted that addiction does not discriminate between rich and poor, young and old, etc.

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 Nutritional requirements during addiction recovery

August 08, 2017 in Addiction, Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Coming clean about an addiction and resolving to seek treatment can be a life-altering decision. As long as one is associated with a rehab center for treatment, immense support is available through skilled professionals and other facilities. However, at the end of the treatment when an individual is on his own, the timeline of his or her sobriety depends on how strong is his will power to remain sober, conquer cravings and practice extreme self-care. One of the key factors facilitating sobriety is diet.

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 False advertisements fail to nail real repercussions of synthetic marijuana

August 04, 2017 in Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Marijuana

Fake weed, also known as synthetic cannabinoids (SCBs) or synthetic marijuana, is an artificially created psychotropic chemical that primarily aims at enhancing and mimicking the hallucinatory effects of marijuana. Although manufacturers claim that the ingredients of SCBs are natural and extracted from various plants, the only thing natural about SCBs is the dried plant on which a number of chemicals are applied. Reportedly, these chemicals cause some debilitating symptoms once taken into the body.

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 As Florida’s opioid crisis worsens, concern over new drug laws rises

August 01, 2017 in Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Opioids

The Florida Medical Examiner Commission’s 2016 Interim Drugs in Deceased Persons Report has identified fentanyl as the drug responsible for the highest number of overdose deaths in the state during the first six months of 2016. The report, released in May 2017, presents the most recent and accurate summary of Florida’s lethal opioid crisis. The first half of 2016 saw 704 deaths due to fentanyl overdoses, which is nearly the same as the total number of fentanyl overdose deaths during 2015.

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 Mental and physical scars of drug abuse

July 27, 2017 in Drug Abuse

One of the dangers of early drug abuse is that it deteriorates the brain functioning and makes it vulnerable to psychotic disorders and addiction problems in later life. Apart from the psychological impact, drugs can also wreak havoc on the user’s physical appearance. Wrinkles and skin sags make an early appearance in those who are addicted to illicit substances. Moreover, multiple blotches on the skin are painful reminders of intravenous drug use. Drug users always feel lethargic and face significant challenges in completing day-to-day activities.

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 Importance of teen-oriented treatment programs in rehabs

July 21, 2017 in Drug Abuse

Teens live in a world that is quite different from the world of adults. Even their psychological and physiological yearnings are different from those of adults. Therefore, when it comes to treatment for a drug problem, adolescents and young adults have different needs that cannot be fulfilled by adult-centric programs.

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