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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Teens’ Secret Use of Alcohol and Prescription Drugs Can Lead to Need for Alcohol Abuse Rehab

In far too many families, even good and caring families, there can be a gulf separating parents from their teenaged children. Parents want to protect and counsel their children through difficult decisions. Teenagers want their privacy and want to try new, exciting things with their friends. Unfortunately, this can lead to teen prescription drug use, or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol followed by their being trapped in addiction. Surveys Reveal How Many Students May be Headed for Alcohol Abuse Rehab or Drug Rehab Surveys of young people reveal just how broad this gulf can be and how extensive this…

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Alternative Rehab for Addiction

When families help an addicted loved one through rehab after rehab with no success, very often they begin to look for a different solution. The traditional rehabs of 28 or 30 days do not give most people time to rebuild lives that have been shattered by addiction. There are life skills that have been lost during the addiction, especially when it starts young or lasts a long time. It simply takes longer to recover physical health, mental stability, and the ability to make drug-free decisions. Therefore many people search for alternative rehabs after one or more tries at conventional rehabs…

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How to Recover from Heroin

Finding out that a loved one has been using and is addicted to heroin is a terrible moment for any parent, sibling or other family member. Just as tragic is the fact that many heroin addicts go through rehab after rehab without finding stable recovery. That is the reason for the rise of the many other alternatives to real recovery from heroin addiction. These programs go a certain way down the road of helping a heroin addict achieve a better life but many stop there. There are programs in Europe, the US and Canada that provide heroin addicts with medical…

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Alternative Recovery Resources

It’s true that drug or alcohol addiction is a condition not only the mind but also of the body. Bodies become dependent on drugs. As their tolerance grows, it takes more of a drug or alcohol to create the same effect that used to be created by a smaller amount. When the drug is withdrawn, the body goes through aches, pains and sickness as it tries to adjust back to its normal physical processes without drugs. An individual becomes accustomed to dealing with life’s problems by drinking or using drugs. When high or drunk, it is harder to feel pain,…

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Rehab for Club Drugs

“Club drugs” refers to a category of drugs that are often used at parties, nightclubs, dance clubs and large musical events directed at young attendees. This class of drug includes mostly synthetic drugs of recent origin, while more familiar drugs like cocaine, marijuana and alcohol are also widely used at these venues. The most popular club drugs are ones like Ecstasy, GHB, mephedone and ketamine. Older drugs like LSD and PCP may also be used but less often. Ecstasy is the most popular and well-known drug. It is addictive, sometimes quickly so, and can cause death when a person overheats.…

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How Tim Got Off Meth

Tim is a big man with a calm and humble air. But he told a rather startling story about substance abuse, addiction and drug trafficking in Texas. He started using marijuana and alcohol in high school but they were never used so much that they were problems. The drug that did bring him to his knees was methamphetamine, a drug that was destructive not only for him but for his entire home town in Texas. He was in his early 20s when he first used methamphetamine. A friend brought the drug to his bachelor party. He didn’t touch it for…

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Seeking Recovery for Crack Cocaine Addiction

When crack cocaine roared through the American landscape in the late 1980s, it tore many people away from their productive, enjoyable lives and their families. Crack is a toxic drug, very harsh and quickly addictive. Those who became addicted to crack in many cases quickly lost everything and resorted to criminal actions to support their habits. Men may resort to criminal acts like theft and muggings and some women may use prostitution as solutions. When a person is at their worst in the midst of crack cocaine addiction, it may seem like an impossible dream that they would ever be…

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Brandon’s Pain Relievers Lead to Addiction

As a teen, Brandon was a BMX rider — bicycle motocross or stunt riding — and that led to him tearing ligaments in his knee. The injury resulted in his being prescribed opiate pain medication and that started him on the road to addiction. Today, Brandon shows his BMX roots by sporting a knit cap pulled low with wild dark strands of hair flying every which way. Now in his early 20s, he still has a boyish look, with glossy dark eyes and a couple of piercings here and there. Brandon has just finished recovering his sobriety at one of…

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Kate’s Way Out of Drug Addiction

Kate was young, attractive and almost elfin. She had a pleasant briskness to her movements and spoke quickly and clearly. She was once again studying marketing and graphic arts after a lapse of several years since her last days in college, now planning to use these skills in her new job. You would never think that she had spent several months living in her car, shooting heroin and trying to stay warm in a Wisconsin winter before she finally found a rehab program that would provide her with lasting sobriety. Her first use of an addictive substance was eight years…

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