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The Dangers of Snorting, Injecting, and Smoking Stimulants
May 20, 2024

Common Stimulants Stimulants cover a broad category of prescription medications, such as those used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, as well as substances like cocaine that are widely used illicitly. To be sure, even legally prescribed stimulants can be diverted and misused for non-medical purposes.3,4 Commonly prescribed stimulants include:4,5   Amphetamines […]

Addiction, Social Media & Motherhood
Dec 5, 2022

Social media has the ability to level the playing field in order for those with a message to reach the masses without needing a record deal or the need to be an A-list actor in a major studio film. Social media has inadvertently created opportunities for the “everyday person” to shine with their unique talents […]

Demi Lovato Talks About Her Cocaine Addiction
Apr 16, 2021

Demi Lovato is one of the many celebrities that struggle with cocaine addiction. Oftentimes, these individuals go to rehab centers for treatment. When these individuals are open about their experiences in addiction treatment centers, they may inspire others who have a dependence on drugs and alcohol to confront their problems and get help. In 2018, […]

Mixing Steroids and Cocaine: What Are the Risks?
Oct 12, 2017

Steroids are substances that are naturally produced in the body or artificially manufactured. There are two different types of naturally occurring steroids: anabolic and catabolic. Anabolic steroids are derived from male hormones and help to build bone tissue, muscle tissue, and other tissues in the body. Catabolic steroids, or glucocorticoids, are produced as a response […]

Long-Term Side Effects of Cocaine on the Brain & Body
Apr 27, 2017

It is important to get cocaine addiction rehabilitation as soon as possible – not just because of the psychological, financial, and social issues associated with substance abuse, but also because of long-term physical harm caused by the drug. It may also be difficult to know exactly how to help someone who may be struggling with […]

Effects and Dangers of Mixing Cocaine & Alcohol
Apr 14, 2017

Combining Cocaine and Alcohol Individuals who use stimulants like cocaine commonly also use other substances such as alcohol, a depressant.1 One meta-analysis found that rates of concurrent cocaine and alcohol use ranged from 37% to 96%.2. Another 2018 meta-analysis indicated an estimated 74% prevalence rate of simultaneous alcohol use among people who used cocaine.3,4 And […]

Crack Withdrawal Symptoms & How to Quit
Apr 11, 2017

What Is Crack Cocaine Withdrawal? Crack withdrawal is a syndrome someone may experience when they cut back or quit crack use after developing physical dependence to the substance. Dependence may develop after chronic use over time.1 Dependence is a physiological adaptation of the body to a substance, wherein the body becomes so used to the […]

Cocaine Overdose Signs, Symptoms & Treatment
Apr 10, 2017

Cocaine is an addictive stimulant that is derived from the leaves of the coca plant.1 In the U.S., it is a Schedule II substance, which means that while it does have some medicinal applications, it has a high potential for misuse.1  Illicit sources of cocaine are commonly encountered in one of two chemical varieties—as a […]

What Are The Effects of Cocaine on The Brain?
Apr 7, 2017

Effects on Mood, Emotions, and Mental Health Both freebase (crack) and powdered cocaine can cause long-term damage to mental health, which appears in the form of mood or emotional disturbances. Because the drug interferes with dopamine re-uptake, long-term use may alter the brain’s ability to regulate dopamine activity.1 Other serious long-term changes to mood and […]

What Does Crack Look Like? How to Identify Crack Cocaine: Look, Feel, and Smell
Mar 23, 2017

What Does Crack Cocaine Look Like? The process of turning cocaine into crack cocaine produces crystals, called “rocks.” These range in color from clear-white or opaque white to off-white or yellow. They vary in size and shape, too. Changes in color may be related to adulterants, including caffeine, sugar, lactose, or other drugs like levamisole, […]

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