Street Names for Common Drugs

If you’re having a hard time keeping up with the many street names for common illegal drugs, you’re not alone. After all, they were created to confuse, divert and otherwise dodge the suspicions of law enforcement, parents and teachers. Some street names have entered the common vocabulary, while countless others remain obscure. Even so, a…

Do Cocaine Addicts Ever Fully Recover?

Cocaine is a plant-derived illegal stimulant known for its ability to produce addiction by altering the brain’s pleasure-producing chemical environment. Treatment specialists can potentially offset the effects of cocaine addiction with the help of various forms of psychotherapy and participation in mutual assistance groups. In a study published in October 2013 in the journal Biological…

Is Nicotine a ‘Gateway Drug’ for Cocaine?

Despite the differences in their legal status, both nicotine and cocaine are known for their ability to cause physical dependence and addiction. The path to dependence and addiction typically begins when use of a given substance makes changes in the way the brain produces or breaks down dopamine, a naturally occurring chemical that plays several…

Stimulant Abuse and Hyperthermia

Hyperthermia is the medical term for damaging and potentially fatal increases in the average temperature of the body as a whole, or of the brain in particular. People who use/abuse stimulant drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ecstasy (known more formally as MDMA) run significant risks for the onset of this condition. The specific effects…