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addictionAddiction is a destructive force in both the addicted individual and his/her family. Given the negative impressions and outcomes that can result from addiction, people sometimes assume it would be easy to just say no.

But the danger of addiction lies in the fact that it can bring cravings and other withdrawal symptoms, which go to specific parts of the individual’s brain.

The change from hobby to habit

Each time a person uses any kind of addictive substance, it brings him/her closer to addiction, because each time brings an read more…

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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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Things to Know about Cocaine Addiction

addiction recoveryJust one of the main problems with cocaine addiction is that the habit is expensive to begin with. It is one of the status-laden drugs that are usually associated with celebrities and more high-end users. While the health effects can be grave with long-term use, there are also devastating financial burdens for the typical cocaine user who, like most of us, isn’t in the Hollywood income bracket.

Cocaine wreaks havoc with the body’s dopamine receptors, essentially the “feel good” receptors that use natural dopamine. As cocaine use continues, it requires more and more of the drug to return to even a level of feeling good that is normal. Crack cocaine can be more addictive than read more…

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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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cocaine addictionThe holiday season can be a double-edged sword for those who fear possible relapse from cocaine addiction. Emotionally, it can be a time of both highs and lows, and this can be problematic for addicts in recovery.

Even though this is supposed to be a time of great cheer and celebration, many will instead feel anger, frustration, loneliness, sorrow, and even elation, and one or any combination of these can potentially lead to drug relapse. The holidays can also be the source of unpleasant memories for many addicts, bringing back the tension of experiences such as a marriage breakup or even being in jail.

For an individual in recovery, that’s when backsliding into bad habits can take its toll.

Stress and Pressure Can Tempt Drug Relapse

When this time of year rolls around, naturally you can expect a steady flow of parties and other gatherings and events at some of which you may in fact be exposed to cocaine. If your defenses are down and you’re feeling read more…

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effects of cocaineCocaine use already brings enough highly negative and serious side effects to far too many lives the world over, causing the total derailment of people’s plans, dreams and goals. Not to mention dire effects to physical, mental and emotional well-being. As adults, we have the ability to make decisions and take control of our own behavior, while being fully aware of the risks and consequences.

This is especially significant for a pregnant woman who is not only “expecting” but also expected to take responsibility whenever possible for the health of her unborn child, who cannot make choices for him- or herself.

Cocaine Use and the Unborn Baby

During early pregnancy, cocaine use may increase the risk of miscarriage. When cocaine is used late in pregnancy, it can cause premature labor, or the death of an unborn baby. It may also cause the baby to have read more…

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