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…

Can Stress Trigger Relapse?

Stress and substance abuse are bosom buddies. From anecdotal evidence of over-worked recovering addicts spiraling back into addiction to neurological research, the relationship between stress and drug abuse has long been established. Historically, these findings have led to stress management courses and other interventions aimed at helping addicts more successfully manage their stress, but as…

Five Myths About Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine, undisputedly, is one of the most addictive street drugs, is derived from the coca plant. The addictive power of cocaine can be illustrated by the fact that nearly 25 million Americans report having used cocaine at least once. While one of the most commonly abused drugs, the myths about cocaine abuse are varied. Below…