CategorySubstance Abuse

Denial – The Number One Cause of Death for Drug Addicts

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While it is easy to blame the particular substance or set of circumstances that led to an accidental overdose, there is often a much bigger picture involved. Long before the drug addict got to the point of no return, chances are there were a number of signs and symptoms that were overlooked and/or ignored by the addict, as well as the addict’s family members and loved ones. Almost everyone has...

How to Detox From Cocaine

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There are many drugs which require a person to undergo what is called a “medical detox” because his/her body becomes dependent on that drug. Drugs such as opiates, benzodiazepines and alcohol cause physical addictions and a series of medications are typical used during the detoxification process. Cocaine detox works a little bit differently because it is more of a mental addiction...

How to Deal With a Parent's Crack Addiction

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Being the child of a drug addicted parent is a hard thing for anyone to endure. When a person has a parent who is addicted to crack, there is almost no way to explain the kind of emotional pain he/she feels. A parent is someone we want to look up to and turn to in times of trouble. Unfortunately, when a parent is addicted to crack that role often reverses, making the parent the one who is needy...

Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms

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Lortab is a brand name for a drug which mixes hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It is prescribed for pain associated with mild to moderate injuries and illnesses. Lortab is a habit forming drug as it contains hydrocodone which is classified as an opiate. For this reason, most physicians use caution in prescribing this medication and reserve its use for specific indications. Patients are warned...

How to Help a Friend With an Addiction Problem

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Today there are hundreds of thousand of people suffering from some sort of drug addiction. Whether it is addiction to prescription medications or to street drugs such as cocaine and heroin, almost all of us know someone who is battling some form of drug dependency. This can be absolutely heartbreaking, especially if it is happening to someone who is important to us such as a good friend. Many...

Drug Intervention and How to Go About a Drug Intervention

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When you can see a friend continuously harming themselves and repeatedly engaging in self-destructive behaviour, it is only natural (and right) to want to help them break out of their dangerous habits. Very often this dangerous habit might be drug abuse, and if you know someone who is abusing drugs and putting themselves in danger then you should do something about it. Normally this involves...

Identifying the Worst Effects Among Opiate Users

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Opiates are the range of drugs that are often used for their pain killing properties. Opium, as the name might suggest, is an opiate, and so too is morphine and heroin. Technically an opiate is any drug that comes from the Opium Poppy plant grown in Asia. They work essentially by depressing the central nervous system thus slowing the performance of the body. These drugs, particularly morphine...

How to Quit Pain Killers

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Pain killers are great when we are feeling under the weather, when we have a cold, headache or a flu, or when we have bruised ourselves or twisted an ankle. Many of these are highly effective at numbing the pain, but at the same time they can become dangerous if you start to become dependent on them which is a real threat, particularly with prescription pain killers that are much stronger. Some...

Steps Necessary to Overcoming Drug Addiction

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Drug addiction is, by its very nature, incredibly hard to overcome. With an addiction to narcotics you will likely have changed the very chemical nature of your brain causing you to become physically dependent on them to achieve something approaching a normal state. Your body’s adaptation meanwhile will mean that you need greater and greater quantities to achieve the same high, and in their...

How to Talk to a Drug Addict

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Sometimes the kindest thing you can do for someone is the precise thing they really do not want you to do. With drug addicts this is certainly the case, and most addicts would far prefer that they could continue along with their addiction without anyone drawing attention to it. They’ll have created a whole host of lies to tell themselves they are not hurting anyone (including themselves)...

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