Short-Term Effects of Heroin

Short-Term Effects of Heroin – Heroin, a derivative of morphine, is a powerful illicit opioid drug that can destroy both physical and mental health and is also likely to cause a number of adverse legal and social consequences. Heroin is available on the black market in several different forms, ranging from white powder to a less […]

How Addictive is Cocaine?

How Addictive is Cocaine? – Cocaine (coke) is a stimulant drug most commonly found as a white powder that can be snorted, smoked, injected, rubbed into the gums, or swallowed. Cocaine has a high potential for addiction because when used, it floods the brain with dopamine, a neurochemical responsible for feelings of reward and pleasure. […]

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol on the Brain

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol on the Brain – When an individual drinks alcohol beyond moderate levels, it can have harmful effects on the brain and body – both short-term and permanent. Some of those effects, such as slurred speech and impaired memory can be obvious, while others, like long-term cellular damage, however, may not be […]

Dissociative Drugs

Dissociative drugs are a class of substances with hallucinogenic properties and are known for inducing perceptual changes involving sight, sound, and connections with one’s surroundings. They also produce feelings of dissociation from both the environment and oneself. While many dissociative drugs have no approved medical purpose, some forms are used as an anesthetic and others […]

The Stages Of Addiction

The Stages Of Addiction – According to statistics for 2014, substance use disorders (SUDs) impacted the lives of more than 20 million adults in the U.S – accounting for over 6% of all Americans. In that same year, the group most affected by SUDs were people age 18-25, accounting for roughly 29% of the total […]