December 2012

cocaine effectsA powerful drug that comes from the leaves of the coca bush in South America, cocaine is sold as a white powder that is most often snorted through the nostrils. It can also be dissolved in water and injected, or the powder chemically changed to create forms of cocaine that can be smoked. Whether snorted, smoked or injected, all forms of cocaine have the same eventual effects, including agitation, anxiety and decreased appetite.

How Do Effects of Cocaine Change Appetite

Weight loss in drug abusers can stem from a number of causes. A stimulant like cocaine can cause weight loss directly by dulling appetite and speeding metabolism. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, stimulant abusers often go on binges during which they avoid eating and sleeping for days at a time. The urge to find and use drugs, as well as the terrible expense of maintaining a drug habit, can cause users to severely neglect nutrition.

The side effects of cocaine can also include nausea and vomiting, because the drug causes damage to the lining of the stomach. This in turn causes read more…


cocaine addictionResearch studies have time and time again shown the negative effects of cocaine. Whether it is  curiosity for first-time users, a fruitless effort to again experience the effects of their first hit, or an established drug dependence for those who have already succumbed to cocaine addiction, cocaine is one of the most prevalently used drugs in America.

To get a better picture of what really happens behind the scenes, let’s have a look at the brain to see the ill effects that cocaine addiction can bring to the user.

Cocaine Addiction “Pleasure” is a Symptom of Danger

A research group at the University of Michigan conducted a study that examined the health of the neurons of healthy individuals compared to those of subjects suffering from cocaine addiction. These particular nerve cells are involved in the release of a chemical called dopamine, which is a pleasure-signaling component that highly affects cocaine. In the healthy individuals, the dopamine levels and the amount of VMAT2, a protein component, were relatively higher compared to the depleted levels found in cocaine users.

Cocaine Addiction and Your Brain’s Pathways

A US research study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse discovered that the more frequently and prolonged a user is read more…


substance use abuseAddiction comes in many forms. Many of the most commonly known forms of dependence are those that have always held a stigma in society, such as addiction to drugs, alcohol, or even sex.

But many people don’t realize that something as seemingly simple as a reliance on pain killers can also become a full blown addiction that is well within the territory of substance use abuse. In the scientific field, this is known as the Oxycodone Addiction.

In essence, Oxycodone, also known as Oxycontin, is a narcotic pain killer that can only be legally acquired with a doctor’s prescription. This is because Oxycodone is one of the more powerful pain killers used in dealing with moderate to severe pain; the downside is that this drug can also be highly addictive.

Substance Use Abuse: Understanding Oxycodone

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, there are 1.9 million Americans taking Oxycodone without a prescription. It is considered as one of the most abused prescription drugs. Also, the National Institute on Drug Abuse cites read more…