Addiction

How Drug Addiction Affects Children

Children of drug addicted parents often endure neglect, abuse and mistreatment. Due to how drugs alter a person’s perception of reality, it is common to see children not being taken care of. How drug addiction affects children is extremely sad, as they are the first to be hurt by parents’ and other family members’ addictions. How Drug Addiction Affects Children Child Abuse and Neglect The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2010 (CAPTA) defines child abuse and neglect as “…any recent act [...]

Short-Term Side Effects of Cocaine

As one of the most addictive drugs, it’s no wonder users quickly find it hard to control their cocaine addiction. Unfortunately, the wonderful high users feel is a dangerous one that can easily lead to death. Be aware of these short-term side effects of cocaine. Short-Term Side Effects of Cocaine Cocaine targets the brain’s dopamine receptors. It releases large amounts of dopamine into the central nervous system, which is why the high is so great. Effects appear almost immediately after a person [...]

Depression and Addiction: How They Intertwine

Drugs or alcohol and depression are a dangerous, but common, combination. On their own, they’re already tough to deal with. Put them together and it gets even harder. Because each can lead to the other, it’s important to understand how depression and addiction intertwine. Depression and Addiction: How They Intertwine Recognize the signs of depression First, it’s important to understand the difference between depression and just feeling down. If a person is experiencing a case of the blues, it’s quite likely that they [...]

The Long-Term Side Effects of Heroin

Long-term abuse of heroin can lead to devastating effects on your brain and body. Although it may seem hard to see past how great the immediate high feels, you must seek help right away to beat this addiction. The long-term side effects of heroin will take over your life. The Long-Term Side Effects of Heroin Long-Term Side Effects of Heroin on the Brain Repeated heroin use causes major changes to the brain. These changes occur mainly in the functional areas associated with complex [...]

Using Drugs While Pregnant: How It Affects Your Baby

You just found out you’re pregnant, which is exciting news. But you have a drug abuse problem. You know it’s dangerous to be using drugs while pregnant because of how it can affects your baby. For the health of you and your baby, you should seek help for your addiction immediately. Doing so will give your baby their best chance at a healthy start. Using Drugs While Pregnant: How It Affects Your Baby General Overview Almost all drugs pass through the placenta to reach [...]

What Drugs Are They Taking? Know The Signs

When you notice your friend, sibling, or child acting strange, it’s hard to ignore the feeling that they may be doing drugs. You want to talk to them, but you don’t quite know what to say because you don’t know for sure what drugs they’re taking. What drugs are they taking? Here are the short-term signs and symptoms of some common drugs. What Drugs Are They Taking? Know The Signs Marijuana Other Common Names: pot, weed, dope Behavioral Changes: Smoking a joint can cause users [...]

Lies Addicts Tell Themselves

Addicts will often say what they feel must be said to hide their addiction. They can’t let it show that their dependency is bad and they have to convince themselves to keep using to avoid the horrors of withdrawal. It really is just a defense mechanism. An easy way out. The lies addicts tell themselves are a way to protect themselves from the reality of what their addiction has done to their lives. Lies Addicts Tell Themselves “My addiction doesn’t affect anyone else.” The harsh reality [...]

How Amino Acid Therapy Helps With Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine, or coke, is a highly addictive drug. Addicts recovering from this drug are known for having frequent relapses. This dangerous drug changes the areas of the brain that regulate reward behavior and decision making. Here at Artesian, we offer an IV amino acid therapy option to help people overcome their substance abuse. Here’s how amino acid therapy helps with cocaine addiction so you can see the ways in which it can help you. How Amino Acid Therapy Helps With Cocaine Addiction How Cocaine [...]

6 Books To Inspire You As You Fight Addiction

It can be very calming to curl up with a good book. When you’re fighting an addiction and are on the road to recovery, it can be especially helpful when that book also helps inspire you to keep going. Here are some books to inspire you as you fight addiction that we recommend. 6 Books To Inspire You As You Fight Addiction *The following are descriptions from the backs of the books. Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by  Sarah Hepola For [...]

Long-Term Effects of Hallucinogens on the Brain

For some time now, hallucinogenic drugs have been used as a social activity and a way for people to have fun. They provide an escape from the real world, in a way, as they can take you to a dream-like world. Even though addicts might find hallucinogens’ short-term effects enjoyable, the long-term effects of hallucinogens on the brain can be very damaging. Long-Term Effects of Hallucinogens on the Brain What are hallucinogens? Hallucinogens are a wide-ranging group of drugs that alter perception, thoughts and [...]