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Marijuana Abuse

Long-term side effects from marijuana abuse is a subject which has been debated for many years now. Users of this drug say that it is not harmful and is not addictive, while opposers of legalizing it say that it is harmful and that it is a gateway drug leading to the use of stronger, more dangerous drugs. This debate will probably go on for many more years. Rather than being physically addictive, marijuana has more potential for psychological addiction. People enjoy the feelings and effects of […]

Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening but can be extremely uncomfortable and cause the user to be very sick. They usually last from 24 hours to several weeks or even months, depending on the user. When a cocaine addict or abuser chooses to get off of cocaine, there are different options for treatment which can help them detox from the drug and then receive the counseling and education needed to help them remain in recovery from addiction. Warning Signs of Cocaine Abuse or Addiction The majority […]

Abusing Methamphetamine

People are abusing methamphetamine more quickly than almost any other illegal drug. This substance is three times as powerful as cocaine and as addicting as heroin. Meth addiction is one of the hardest from which to recover. People have become addicted to meth after only one or two uses. It raises the dopamine level in the brain to about ten times what is normal, and it also causes a “rush” of adrenaline. Methamphetamine users experience feelings of intense pleasure and euphoria. All of this is […]

Vicodin Side Effects

Vicodin is an opiate which is made up of hydrocodone and acetaminophen and is listed as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. It is a prescription painkiller which when used as directed is very beneficial to the patient. However, you need to be aware of the intense Vicodin side effects which include addiction. Because this drug contains hydrocodone, it has the same effects as morphine or heroin. The effects of Vicodin include a lowered perception of pain, feelings of euphoria, and feelings of relaxation and calmness. These […]

Cocaine Withdrawals

Cocaine withdrawals are not the same as withdrawing from other substances such as opiates or alcohol. The symptoms of cocaine withdrawals are more mental than physical. Some of the signs of cocaine withdrawal are fatigue, agitation, anxiety and extreme cravings. The individual will be restless and depressed with an inability to feel pleasure. Even though someone addicted to cocaine does not have all of the uncomfortable physical symptoms, the addiction is very real. Individuals develop a cocaine addiction very quickly.  With some people, addiction starts […]

Hydrocodone Combination Drugs

There is a drug abuse epidemic here in America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has drug overdose listed as the leading cause of death by injury since 2011. The most common drugs Americans overdose on are prescription opioids, like with hydrocodone combination drugs. Hydrocodone is an opioid which is found in painkillers like Vicodin, Lortab, Vicoprofen, and Zohydro. Most drugs containing hydrocodone are mixed with something else, like acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol) or aspirin. These are often referred to as hydrocodone […]

About Drug Abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse are two very common problems in America. A 2012 government survey about drug abuse found that around 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older had abused drugs within the month the survey was taken. Additionally, about 17.7 million Americans suffer from alcohol dependence (alcoholism) and alcohol abuse (drinking so much you black out or have a medical condition because of it). The prevalence of drug abuse is perpetuated in part by a lack of education on the subject of drugs and […]

Celebrity Drug Addictions

We’ve all heard the stereotype: Celebrities lead crazier and more exciting lives than we do. They get involved in “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” and burn the candle at both ends with their “functional” alcoholism or addiction. Celebrity drug addictions may seem glamorous, but they can also make it seem deadly. Looking at celebrities who have succumbed to addiction, those who have beat it, and those who never wandered down the path of substance abuse, helps one understand if addiction is the “status quo” […]

Co-Addiction

Co-Addiction and Co-Dependency The terms co-addiction and co-dependency are psychological terms and are often used synonymously. The more common terms you might run across are codependency and codependent, rather than co-addiction or co-addict. Codependency is referred to as an “unhealthy relationship pattern” and is further described as follows: A psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (typically narcissism or drug addiction); in broader terms, it refers to the dependence on […]

When someone you love dearly has a substance abuse problem, it can be difficult trying to figure out how you are going to deal with the issue and move on. It is important to everyone involved to learn how to best accomplish this. When your family is facing the challenges of addiction, you must all work together. Unfortunately, the one person who is causing all the problems is usually the last one to join in to get the ball rolling. Family members must come together, […]

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