cocaine and mental health

Cocaine and Mental Health

Many people begin using cocaine for its stimulating, invigorating effects but do not realize its impact on their mental health. Cocaine and mental health disorders go hand in hand, with cocaine use either triggering or exacerbating mental illness. Overcoming cocaine use is challenging enough, but adding in co-occurring disorders presents an even further challenge. These…

painkiller addiction

Dangers of a Painkiller Addiction

Painkiller addiction continues to be a significant problem throughout the country, and Texas is no exception. Each year, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. die from prescription drug overdoses, and the results of this opiate abuse cost the country tens of billions of dollars annually. Clearly, painkiller addiction is a crisis in the…

heroin withdrawal

Heroin Withdrawal

Just as the road to drug addiction is unique for each individual, heroin withdrawal differs depending on a range of factors. Detox from heroin is known to cause specific side effects. However, each person is affected in their own way as they go through withdrawal, making it hard to predict how the process will go.…

a man thinks about recognizing crystal meth abuse and the effects of meth as he sits on the floor with his head on his knees

Recognizing Crystal Meth Abuse

Each drug has its unique set of symptoms and side effects, so recognizing a particular addiction requires understanding the signs the drug presents. In the case of crystal meth, you want to be on the lookout for specific visual cues that someone you care about is abusing. Crystal meth abuse is known for having a…

a woman wonders is marijuana addictive before considering self-medicating and marijuana abuse

Is Marijuana Addictive?

Is marijuana addictive? The debate over this question has increased with the legalization of marijuana in some states. Those opposing legalization may be concerned about the potential dangers of marijuana use and the risk for addiction. However, there has been much controversy over whether or not marijuana is indeed addictive. Depending on who you speak…

a woman discusses opioid addiction and heroin withdrawal with a friend before quitting heroin

Tips for Quitting Heroin Safely

Deciding to get clean from heroin addiction is admirable, but willpower alone is often not enough to overcome this highly addictive drug. Many people have tried to overcome opioid addiction but found heroin withdrawal symptoms to be overwhelming. Unfortunately, relapse is a common occurrence when trying to kick heroin addiction. A professional heroin detox center…

a man stares out the window as he considers the dangers of fentanyl and prescription painkiller abuse

The Dangers of Fentanyl

The numbers of fentanyl overdose deaths rival those of death by gun violence in many states, including Texas. As a result, the dangers of fentanyl are abundantly clear. This potent drug has found its way into the hands of many people searching for heroin to replace the prescription opioids on which they have become addicted.…

side effects of crystal meth

Side Effects of Crystal Meth

Methamphetamines are stimulant drugs that help to increase focus, euphoria, and wakefulness. Many people diagnosed with ADHD may use amphetamines such as Adderall and Ritalin to help them function better at work and school. However, even those not struggling with ADHD crave the euphoric high of amphetamines. They may choose crystal meth, otherwise known as…

fentanyl overdose symptoms

Recognizing Fentanyl Overdose Symptoms

Millions of Americans have dealt with substance use disorder after using doctor-prescribed opioid drugs for pain relief. Whether it began after surgery, injury, or even a chronic pain condition, the highly addictive prescription drugs became more than a temporary solution to pain. Because of the opioid epidemic in the U.S., restrictions were put in place…