March 2014

dual diagnosisSubstance use and abuse can lead to addiction, which is already hard enough to handle on its own—but what if you are also diagnosed with a mental illness? Coping with both at once can complicate the challenges you may face along the road to rehabilitation and recovery.

A substance abuse problem that is happening at the same time as a mental health issue (such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety) creates a situation called a co-occurring disorder, also known as dual diagnosis.

In such a case, both the mental health problem and the alcohol or drug addiction each have their own particular set of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to function normally in the face of life’s challenges. The situation becomes even more complicated by the fact that the co-occurring read more…

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Cocaine use is one of the most widespread and common paths to drug addiction. Here are a few interesting facts that may prove helpful for those who are trying to keep themselves informed of the consequences, hardships and other issues that can accompany cocaine use.

  1. cocaine useA global concern – More than two-thirds of all countries in the world are reported to have cocaine use amongst at least some portion of their population. While the US is a common hotspot for cocaine, there is also significant cocaine use reported in Colombia, Mexico and New Zealand.
  2. Combining cocaine use and alcohol – It’s all too common and highly dangerous. The resulting toxic mix of the two substances is cocaethylene; a cocaine user runs a greater risk of sudden death when the drug is combined with alcohol, and concurrent alcohol and cocaine use is the cause of nearly three-quarters of cocaine-related fatalities in the United States alone.
  3. Hospital happenstance – A common reason for drug-related visits to US hospital emergency wards (more than a third) is cocaine overdose. This represents a huge increase from 1978, for example, when cocaine accounted for only 1% of drug-related ER visits, an alarmingly read more…

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cocaine useOnce cocaine use becomes a habit, it becomes harder to overcome, which is something that hard users don’t easily get used to. If you have already decided to quit the habit and start fresh, the next obstacles you will encounter are the cocaine use withdrawal symptoms, which become harder to deal with the more ingrained the habit is in your life.

There are medications and treatments designed to help, but of course it is always best to consult your physician about the taking of any such medications. It is crucial to be aware of any potential side effects that you may experience in addition to those expected while trying to rid your system of the effects of cocaine use.

Expect the Symptoms of Ending Cocaine Use to Prepare Yourself

The withdrawal symptoms of cocaine use are something that you will have to undergo as you head back onto the path of addiction recovery. But it pays to know beforehand what you will be experiencing for read more…

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