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Effects of Cocaine on the Nervous System

Commonly known as “coke,” “blow” and “snow,” cocaine is a drug made from the leaves of the coca plant. It can be used medically as a topical anesthetic, but it is most widely used recreationally as a stimulant. When used for recreational purposes, cocaine is typically sold in powdered form, which is snorted or burned …

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6 Reasons Men Keep Their Depression a Secret

In U.S. culture and around the world, men are taught to hide real feelings and suppress emotions deep down inside, which is one of the major reasons depression in men is underdiagnosed and undertreated. Men are less likely than women to ask for help when it comes to depression. Many don’t even realize there’s a …

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How Anxiety Derails Addiction Recovery

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the U.S. Almost 30% of Americans struggle with it at some point in their lives. And if you have an anxiety disorder, research shows you’re two to three times more likely to struggle with substance abuse than the general population. It’s a combination that …

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Alcoholism Facts: The Impact on Marriage and Relationships

Alcohol abuse can slowly destroy relationships. It can erode even the most committed love, scar children, and impact families for generations. If you suspect a problem with your spouse, it is important to know how alcohol addiction affects relationships—and how an alcohol addiction treatment program can help. Understanding Alcohol Addiction There’s always a reason why …

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The Dangers of Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol

Cocaine and alcohol are two substances that are commonly used together. However, mixing cocaine and alcohol can be dangerous and have serious health consequences. From short-term side effects like nausea, vomiting, and confusion to long-term organ damage and addiction, mixing cocaine and alcohol can take a serious toll on your body. If you or a …

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Signs of a Functioning Alcoholic

Are you tired of being stuck in a cycle of alcohol use? Are you concerned that you may be a functioning alcoholic? A functioning alcoholic is someone who appears to have it all together on the outside but who struggles with an alcohol use disorder, also known as alcohol addiction. Signs of a functioning alcoholic …

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Effects of Meth on the Brain

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that affects the brain in several different ways. It affects how people think, feel, and behave. When someone uses meth, they experience an intense rush of pleasure followed by surges in energy and alertness that can last for hours. However, these effects are short-lived and can be followed by feelings …

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Xanax Overdose Symptoms to Know

Xanax is a commonly prescribed medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. However, because it is a powerful medication, it can be dangerous if taken in high doses or combined with other substances. It has a potential for abuse and misuse, so it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of …

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What Is Dual Diagnosis?

If you’re working towards addiction recovery, you know that roadblocks and challenges can make sustainable sobriety difficult. One of the biggest roadblocks is what’s known as dual diagnosis: when a mental health concern and substance use disorder co-exist. Knowing what dual diagnosis is and what to do when you or someone you love has it …

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What Are the Signs of a Drinking Problem

There are many stereotypes and assumptions about what alcohol addiction looks like. Media and pop culture often focus on the most severe signs of a drinking problem, such as homelessness and intoxication. And while those signs may indicate a drinking problem, the signs of an alcohol addiction can also be much more subtle. It is …

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