Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. Although health care providers can use it for valid medical purposes, such as local anesthesia for some surgeries, cocaine is an illegal drug. As a street drug, cocaine looks like a fine, white, crystal powder. Street dealers often mix it with things like cornstarch, … [Read more...] about Cocaine 101: What is cocaine?
Are you or your loved one grappling with substance abuse or working hard to overcome some form of addiction? Is maintaining your sobriety proving particularly challenging along the road to recovery? Do you need outside assistance to ensure you lay off alcohol or drugs? Perhaps you have been through a rehabilitation program but are not quite ready to reintegrate into society … [Read more...] about The Pros and Cons of Sober Living When Recovering from Substance Abuse
If you or a loved one have a substance abuse addiction, you are not alone. According to the National Council of Alcoholism over 17 million people face alcohol addiction. Another estimated 200 million, share an addiction to drugs. The statistics of the amount of substance abuse are overwhelming. You should take comfort in knowing there are many treatment programs available. Each … [Read more...] about Sober Living Homes: A Good Solution
While the most well-known opiates are heroin and Oxycontin, opiates include a wide range of drugs derived from the opium poppy. The plant is used to make morphine and codeine as well as other drugs. Opiates are also created synthetically. Addiction or dependence can result innocently through long-term use, or overuse, of prescription opiate painkillers following injury or … [Read more...] about Opiate Addiction Treatment
Marijuana differs from other drugs. It sits on the fence politically, legally, socially and even in terms of addictions, with camps of ardent supporters on either side of the issue. Debates continue on whether it is a gateway drug to other drugs, whether it should be legalized, and even whether people can become addicted to it. The debates don’t really matter. When marijuana … [Read more...] about Marijuana Addiction Treatment