January 2014

There’s a good deal of false information out there about marijuana and cocaine use and the respective ways in which they affect the brain and human health in general. Puff by puff and blow by blow, here’s a closer look at some of the key differences between two of today’s most prevalent drugs.

The Drugs and How They are Used

Cocaine:

  • cocaine useAddictive stimulant made from leaves of South American coca plant.
  • Powdered form either inhaled (snorted) through the nose and absorbed through nasal tissue, or dissolved in water and injected into bloodstream.
  • Crack is a form of cocaine processed to create a rock crystal (also called “freebase cocaine”) that can be smoked. Crystal heated to produce vapors absorbed into bloodstream through the lungs’ “crack” refers to the crackling sound made as it is heated.
  • Intensity and duration of cocaine’s effects depend on how it is administered. Smoking or injecting delivers quickly to bloodstream and brain, producing faster, stronger but shorter-lasting effect than read more…

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cocaine useThe unfortunate reality is that cocaine is one of the most abused drugs in the world. It also means that at some point along the way, either you or someone close to you will be in need of serious help to overcome the devastating effects of cocaine use.

There is a great deal of information available about drug addiction and cocaine use, but here are just a few facts that may still surprise you:

1.  Cocaine Addiction is Highly Psychological

Cocaine use breeds dependence, but many people fail to realize that this can be brought on by a psychological dependence on read more…

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The decision to drop your cocaine habit and take the road to addiction recovery is an admirable one. But it can also be a daunting task, one that requires you to make sacrifices, endure hardships, and find new ways to cope with life’s challenges—as well as be prepared for the threat of relapse.

Steer Clear of Bad Habits in Addiction Recovery

addiction recoverySometimes it’s best to keep away from places and even people that make you remember your former indulgence in destructive habits and behavior. Some who are in addiction recovery tend to avoid frequenting places and eliminate contact with friends with whom they formerly used cocaine, for example, as these are some of the easiest influences that can trigger the craving and lead to backsliding.

Opt for a change in lifestyle. This can mean moving away, going on a vacation to clear your mind, or simply finding rewarding habits and hobbies to occupy yourself and channel your energy and time in positive ways. New scenery and activities complement your new lifestyle.

Addiction Recovery and an Optimistic Attitude

Your own attitude towards your addiction recovery can be the saving factor between personal rescue and the risk of read more…

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