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Abuse in Childhood Increases Cocaine Cravings, Study Finds

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Drug Addiction

Abuse in Childhood Increases Cocaine Cravings, Study Finds

Drug cravings are the powerful urges that repeatedly reinforce a continuing pattern of substance intake in people dealing with addiction. The presence of these urges can easily derail an attempt to maintain substance abstinence during the recovery process. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, researchers from two U.S. universities investigated the impact that a personal history of child maltreatment has on the strength of the drug cravings experienced by adult men addicted to cocaine.

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

Posted on September 10, 2014 in alcohol and drug addiction

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. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, researchers from Spain and the U.S. looked at the types of immune system disruptions that can appear in people addicted to cocaine. They also looked at the impact of immune system dysfunction on the severity of cocaine addiction.

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Severe Nasal Damage Can Come From Snorting Heroin

Posted on March 14, 2014 in Drug Abuse

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 sought to determine if heroin snorters experience the same damaging changes in nasal health found in people who snort the stimulant drug cocaine.

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Can stress trigger relapse

Posted on May 8, 2013 in addiction recovery

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 more research emerges, medical treatments to prevent stress-induced relapse are looking more likely. Researchers from Brown University recently identified the process by which stress causes relapse, which has opened the door to a new potential treatment option.

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new enzymes to fight cocaine overdose

Posted on May 3, 2013 in Alcohol and Drug News

New Enzymes May Be the Key to Treatment for Cocaine Addiction, Overdose

Enzymes are specialized proteins that power a vast array of chemical reactions that keep us alive and functioning properly. One of the chief responsibilities of these proteins is the molecular breakdown of various substances such as drugs and medications; without the actions of enzymes, these substances would stay in the body indefinitely. In recent years, researchers have begun developing enzyme-based therapies designed to address issues surrounding the use of cocaine, including a therapy that could potentially prevent cocaine addiction and another that could potentially reverse the effects of a cocaine overdose.

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Posted on April 20, 2011 in alcohol and drug addiction, Alcohol and Drug News, Alcohol and Drug Treatment, celebrity substance abuse, clinics

Five Myths About Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine, undisputedly 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 are five of the most common myths surrounding cocaine addiction and the facts that refute these myths.

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