CategorySubstance Abuse

Addiction – How to Stop Enabling a Drug Addict

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Once you have found yourself in a relationship with an addict it can seem like there is no way to define your relationship without referring to the addiction like it is a third party. You can see no way of walking away from the relationship without your addict partner starting on a downward spiral towards self-destruction. Without you by his side to keep him going he would be in danger of losing...

How Cocaine Affects the Brain

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Cocaine is one of the most widely used recreational drugs as well as one of the most highly dangerous and addictive. As with all drugs, the effects of cocaine are the result of its actions on the brain and modulation of neurotransmitters which in turn cause numerous subjective feelings and experiences. Understanding the way that cocaine affects the brain can help you to avoid potential addiction...

How Ecstasy and MDMA Affect the Brain

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Ecstasy and MDMA are recreational drugs that are popular among ‘ravers’ and commonly used with the aim of having a ‘synergistic effect’ with sound and light shows. Despite their popularity however, these are serious drugs and open to abuse and addiction, often with serious side effects. What Is MDMA? MDMA is an acronym for ‘methylenedioxymethamphetamine’ and is...

Why People Use Drugs

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Every year, governments spend billions fighting the so-called “war on drugs,” which accounts for over half the American prison population. Either they were caught buying drugs, selling them or committing burglaries and assaults to fund their habit. In other words, we seem to be making little progress. And that is because we do not focus enough on why people start. Self-Medication...

Vicodin Addiction

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Vicodin is a powerful prescription analgesic which is used to manage mild to moderate pain. Essentially it is created by combining two other painkillers – hydrocodone and acetaminophen, whereby hydrocodone is used for its ability to improve the effectiveness of acetaminophen. As an opioid, Vicodin works by altering the central nervous systems response to pain. The other reason for this...

Suboxone Addiction and Detox

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Sometimes extreme situations call for extreme measures, as you might well be aware if you have used Suboxone, or ‘Buprenorphine’ mixed with Narcan as it is technically known. This is a high dose tablet that is used to help treat a range of addictions. It is a semi-synthetic narcotic and is certainly a case of the ‘lesser of two evils’, providing you with a less harmful...

Identifying Teen Substance Abuse

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As parents, you do everything you can to raise your children right and put them on the path towards the best possible future. The only problem is that as they get older they develop minds of their own, and as soon as they step out your front door they have a hundred other influences that can make the values you’ve instilled in them vanish in a second. While you hope that the things you teach your...

Club Drugs and Their Effects

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‘Club drugs’ is a term sometimes used to refer to recreational drugs but specifically those drugs that you might get offered in the clubs at a toilet and which many people will use as a way to try and enhance their enjoyment of a night out. ‘LSD’ then is a recreational drug, but it is not a ‘club drug’ as the effects are not conducive to being out clubbing...

Home Remedies for Passing Drug Tests

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There is a lot of truth and myth floating around about what home remedies work for drug tests. If you happen to be in the unfortunate situation where passing a drug test is a concern, you don’t really have much room for error. Your best defense is to learn which methods will probably work, versus those which are questionable. The good news is, most drug tests that companies administer only...

Facing the Challenges of Having a Drug Addicted Teenager

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Drug addiction among teenagers is perhaps at the highest rate statistically today than it has been since the 1960’s and the hippy revolution. What’s worse is that teenagers today are using much more powerful and infinitely more addictive drugs in recent years. If you have a teenager who has been exhibiting odd behavior recently and think that he/she may be using drugs then you will want to pay...

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