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Five Myths About Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine, undisputedly, is one of the most addictive street drugs and is derived from the coca plant. Nearly 25 million Americans report using cocaine at least once. This illustrates the addictive power of cocaine. While cocaine is of the most commonly abused drugs, the myths about cocaine abuse vary. It is important to be aware…

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Can Stress Trigger Relapse?

There is a lot of research that shows the relationship between stress and substance abuse, including firsthand evidence of recovering addicts who fall back into an addiction due to stress. Researchers have long established this connection. Previously, these findings have led to stress management courses and other interventions that aim to help addicts manage their…

Can Changes in the Immune System Worsen the Impact of Cocaine Addiction?

Research has shown that people who use cocaine have an increased susceptibility to immune system problems, as well as increased risks for serious or life-threatening infections. Some of the immune system-related issues in cocaine users appear to come from secondary environmental factors; however, some of these issues stem directly from changes in normal immune function.…

Severe Nasal Damage Can Come From Snorting Heroin

Heroin is a well-known opioid drug commonly associated with IV (intravenous) use, a technique that introduces drugs directly into the bloodstream. However, some heroin users snort the drug through their nostrils instead of injecting it into a vein. In a study published in late 2013 in the journal Substance Abuse, researchers from four French universities…