The Emotional Highs and Lows of Cocaine Abuse

There are specific and understandable reasons that drive people to abuse cocaine over and over again. These have to do with the short term effects the user considers desirable. Cocaine use produces a fast euphoria accompanied by a sense of great enjoyment and confidence. A performer may lose his stage fright, a businesswoman may lose her fear of failure and act with more confidence. And of course, cocaine is often considered a party drug. Those partying with cocaine feel more energetic, even when drinking. Large quantities of alcohol won’t make them feel groggy, so by using cocaine with their alcohol,…

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Cocaine is Popular as a Party Drug but Use Can Still Result in Disaster

While cocaine has been around for many decades, abuse of this drug in the US really kicked into high gear in the 1980s. It took a little longer for usage rates to climb in Europe because of the distance from the major cocaine manufacturing countries in South America. But it didn’t take very long for the damaging physical effects of cocaine to start showing up. The first cocaine-induced stroke was diagnosed in 1977, and the death of basketball star Len Bias let plenty of people know about the damage that can be done to one’s heart by cocaine abuse. This…

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Crack Cocaine Creates Urgent Need for Cocaine Addiction Rehab

  Every drug that creates addiction has the potential to be highly destructive, but crack cocaine stands among the worst. According to the Medical University of South Carolina, the use of crack cocaine is often associated with more severe and frequent symptoms than cocaine use alone. Paranoia occurs in two-thirds or more of crack users. Violence shows up in 55% of crack users and in some areas, 31% of homicide victims were killed by a crack cocaine user. Crack was also found to be present in a fifth of suicides. Users usually develop a tolerance to this drug quickly which…

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New Study Reveals Alcohol is Never Safe During Pregnancy

Opinions have varied widely on when it’s acceptable for a pregnant woman to drink. It wasn’t until 1973 that researchers identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), that collection of symptoms that show up in newborns when mothers drink, usually heavily, during pregnancy. FAS symptoms can include physical deformities to the head and face plus behavioral and learning problems. And it wasn’t until 1981 that there were definite warnings about drinking during pregnancy issued by the Surgeon General. One of the problems with collecting study data on the problem was that it was difficult to carry out a study that involved pregnant…

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Mixing Cocaine with Other Drugs Contributes to Higher Adverse Effects

While it’s probably very hard for a non-drug user to understand the possible benefits of mixing addictive drugs, polydrug use is a very common phenomenon. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, polydrug use represents a significant proportion of medical emergencies. Simultaneous use of illicit drugs, alcohol and/or prescription drugs can cause interactions that take a toll on the user’s health. New, toxic substances can be formed through these interactions. Also, use of one substance like alcohol can impair one’s ability to keep track of how much of another substance, like cocaine or heroin, was also…

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Cocaine is Bad for One’s Heart – in More Ways than One

An article on the American Heart Association’s website outlines the various ways that cocaine is destructive for a user’s heart. According to the article “The Effects of Acute and Chronic Cocaine Use on the Heart,” cocaine is toxic to the heart muscle. It reduces the ability of the heart muscle to contract, and therefore pump blood. The heart muscle will receive less oxygen and this can lead to the death of some heart tissue. Even young cocaine users may suffer damage similar to that of a heart attack which can be hard for medical staff to understand since the risk…

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Cocaine Has Destructive Physical Effects Over and Above the Potential to Create Addiction

It’s well known that repeated use of cocaine can turn a person into an addict. What some people may not realize is that the drug itself has harsh physical effects. In fact, these effects can be so strenuous as to result in the prompt death of the user. This potential was largely unknown until the 1986 death of Len Bias, a healthy young basketball player who had just been drafted by the Boston Celtics. Perhaps celebrating the accomplishment, Len was using cocaine with friends when he died suddenly from heart problems. Before this time, little was known about the stresses…

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Parents Can Be First Line Defense Against Teen Prescription Drug Use

By the time American children are through with high school, more than 50% of them have abused an illicit drug or a prescription drug. Approximately 60% of American students have drunk alcohol by the time they graduate from high school, 41% of them binge drinking (five or more drinks in a short time period) in the two weeks before the survey. Europe is seeing some improvements in drug abuse among the young, with decreases particularly in cannabis use. But polydrug use and a proliferating market for synthetics like mephedrone and synthetic cannabis are worrisome. In these geographic regions and others,…

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With More than Half of All High School Students Abusing Drugs, Should Parents be Using More Drug Tests?

Parents should take note of recent reports on drug abuse among teens and young adults and also those that find that when parents speak out against drug abuse, drug abuse statistics are lower. According to the most recent Monitoring the Future report on drug use among our schoolchildren, by the time they graduate from high school, more than half have abused an illicit drug or prescription drug. Is there anything parents should do to prevent drug use among their children or should they just rely on home or school drug tests? Certainly parents come in all shapes and sizes. Some…

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A Growing Tragedy Manifests Itself in Addiction to Painkiller Medications

For many people, this addiction starts with the use of pain medication after an injury or surgery or maybe just a tooth extraction. The pain may be real in the beginning but the painkiller use goes on after the pain goes away. Maybe the person just seems to feel better and not have so many aches and pains when they take those pills. Many people will not realize that there is any problem when they need more of that painkiller just to keep the aches away. But you see, the body is developing a tolerance to the opiates, meaning that…

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