Substance Use and Abuse

Cocaine AddictionCocaine addiction has a number of negative effects on your local economy, personal health and other social issues. However, the effects are not only felt locally, but internationally as well.

The more people use and abuse cocaine, the more profound the ripple effects are to other countries. A little insight into how this drug is produced and supplied will provide some understanding about how it causes problems for people and the natural environment in many places.

Where Does Cocaine Come From?

Cocaine is derived from a plant called coca which is grown in large quantities in countries like Colombia, Peru and 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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