Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine: Killing the Party Crowd at an Alarming Rate

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The opioid epidemic is an American tragedy that is not slowing down. Rather, it is steam-rolling its way through every type of community in every state. In years gone by, opioid overdoses weren’t commonly discussed in places such as college campuses and the suburbs. It’s not that people weren’t dying from opioids, it’s that people were dying in lower-income areas. …

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What are the Signs of Cocaine Withdrawal?

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The intensity of the ups and downs with cocaine use is intense.  A good comparison is riding a roller coaster versus riding the kiddie train you will find in under-36-inches-tall-land.  Cocaine produces an intense euphoria during use.  This is caused by a surge of dopamine into the pleasure center of the brain.  Naturally, the brain becomes very chemically imbalanced during …

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Experts are Still Looking for the Right Medication for Cocaine Addiction

  Believe it or not, there is no FDA-approved medication that is effective in treating cocaine addiction. There are many forms of effective treatment, such as participating in therapy, residing at a treatment center, attending 12-step meetings, etc. However, medications can often make withdrawal and fighting cravings easier. The good news is that there are other types of medication that …

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Obstacles that Can Get in the Way of Addiction Treatment

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Even when a person knows that they need addiction treatment, there are many obstacles that can stand in their way and prevent them from getting the help they need for months or even years. This article will address those obstacles as well as explore how to overcome them.

Common Obstacles That Stand in the Way of Getting Treatment for Addiction

Denial: A person who recognizes that they need treatment might not feel this way every day. Denial might creep in from time to time make a person feel like their drinking isn’t all that bad or avoid the truth about their damaging illness when they are faced with it.

Disbelief in Oneself: A person might realize that they need treatment but not believe in their ability to stop using even with the help of treatment.

Low Self-Esteem: Someone might realize that they need help with their addiction but they may not believe that they deserve a life of sobriety and happiness.

Fear: This can be a significant obstacle. Many people fear change, failure, success, and the unknown.

Stigma: Each day there are thousands of men and women who won’t get drug treatment because of the stigma it bears. They are afraid of the judgments of their friends, family, and even strangers about their drinking and alcoholism.

Previous Failures at Treatment: A person might have already tried treatment and failed. Because of this, they might feel that trying again is doomed to fail. However, it’s important for a person to know that relapse is incredibly common in the first 3 years of recovery. Failure at treatment once doesn’t mean failure at addiction treatment for a lifetime.

Dependence: You might realize that you are emotionally, physically, and psychologically dependent on alcohol or drugs. For instance, perhaps you recognize that you drink because it brings a sense of emotional ease, despite the hangovers and the effects on your marriage. The idea of letting go of your addiction might bring feelings of anxiety or stress.

Family Role: The role a person plays in their family can also impact whether they get addiction treatment or not. For instance, if you are seen by your family as being a provider, protector, or loving parent, then admitting your addiction might jeopardize your relationships with them.

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