substance abuse

Man using crack cocaine

When a person says something really strange, we’ve all heard someone say, “What are you, on crack?” While it’s not a good thing to say, it is born from the fact that crack cocaine can really screw up a user’s brain and thinking.

Crack cocaine is cheap, nasty, highly addictive and deadly. It doesn’t take long to notice the signs that someone has been using it.

Effects and Signs of Crack Cocaine

Straight after taking crack, a person will get really talkative and overly energetic, while heart rate and blood pressure will skyrocket. He or she will have dilated pupils and be unable to sleep. Other effects place huge stress on the central nervous system and internal organs. read more…


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…