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Alcohol

2014-02-14T01:00:36-08:00

Alcohol is the most abundant drug in the world, and the main ingredient in beer, wine, and distilled spirits.  It is widely used and unfortunately, has an equally high percentage of abuse and addiction. Our counselors help our client address the underlying issues that contribute to their alcohol use. Effects and Usage Although it is imbibed nearly everywhere, alcohol remains a dangerous drug. It is a depressant, meaning it slows down functions in the body.  Depending on the amount of alcohol [...]

Alcohol2014-02-14T01:00:36-08:00

Prescription Drugs

2014-02-13T23:55:41-08:00

Prescription Drug Addiction: Basic Facts Prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drug in North America, far outranking any other intoxicant. The reasons for this vary from region to region, but the simple fact is that many prescription pills are a stronger narcotic than can be found in their illegal counterparts. Combined with their ability to be legally prescribed and a high market value, it is easy to see why those who do not wish to immerse themselves in the criminal [...]

Prescription Drugs2014-02-13T23:55:41-08:00

Heroin

2014-02-13T23:50:56-08:00

Basic Facts and History Heroin is a powerful opiate drug that is derived from the opium poppy plant. Morphine is the naturally occurring substance that heroin is the synthetic version of. Morphine has been used as for surgery and as an anethetic as far back as the 1800's, although opium use can trace back to ancient China, where the seed pods were cooked into a sticky substance that was then smoked. Morphine, although carrying a potential for fatal overdose, is nonetheless [...]

Heroin2014-02-13T23:50:56-08:00

PCP

2014-02-07T00:23:29-08:00

Basic Facts about PCP PCP is the shortened name of the synthetic chemical phencyclidine. It was developed in the 1950's and was originally intended as an anesthetic. It is a disassociative drug that also has stimulating effects on the central nervous system. PCP has numerous side-effects was even shown to cause brain lesions in rats tested in laboratory conditions. For all these reasons, phencyclidine was never approved for medical use for humans, and because many of the same effects are caused [...]

PCP2014-02-07T00:23:29-08:00

Cannabis

2014-02-07T00:15:01-08:00

Basic Facts Cannabis, more commonly known as marijuana, is a fibrous plant that grows natively across the world. The male plant is known as hemp and historically was used to make paper, rope, canvas, and many other essential products. The female plant produces flowers that when dried and ingested, have a mild psychoactive effect. Cannabis has been used throughout history in many different regions. In the middle east, it is cultivated and condensed into a sticky, wax-like substance known as hashish, [...]

Cannabis2014-02-07T00:15:01-08:00

Cocaine

2014-02-07T00:04:55-08:00

Cocaine is a fast-acting stimulant that is derived from the coco plant, native to South America. Usage of this drug is widespread, and it is particularly known for having highly addictive qualities. Effects and Usage Cocaine is primarily insufflated, or snorted when it is consumed in powder form. It is also abused in the form of intravenous injection. If the cocaine has been processed into crystalline form (then known as crack), it can be smoked. The effects of cocaine are increased [...]

Cocaine2014-02-07T00:04:55-08:00

MDMA

2014-02-07T00:00:29-08:00

Basic Facts MDMA is best known as the popular club drug, Ecstasy or X. It is widely used in the rave scene and gained wide usage in the early 1990's. Ingestion of MDMA and its subsequent effects are also known as "rolling," named for the way the euphoria MDMA creates goes up and down in intensity. Although MDMA potency can vary, a typical dose lasts anywhere from 3 to 7 hours. MDMA can be insufflated, which increases the speed of its [...]

MDMA2014-02-07T00:00:29-08:00

Methamphetamines

2014-02-06T23:40:42-08:00

Basic Facts Methamphetamines are a stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Amphetamines, a close chemical cousin, are well documented for their effects, and were even part of a basic supplies pack issued by the Army to troops who were serving in the Vietnam war. Methamphetamines are easier to produce than amphetamines and are often concocted in home laboratories using legal drugs and basic chemistry. It is a Schedule II controlled substance and although regulations have been tightened to limit access [...]

Methamphetamines2014-02-06T23:40:42-08:00

Suboxone

2014-02-01T23:00:40-08:00

Basic Facts Suboxone is composed of two active ingredients, Buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opiate agonist and it binds to the same receptors in the brain that drugs like heroin or narcotic pain pills do. Since the Buprenorphine binds to these same receptors, the brain doesn’t notice that you have stopped taking the drug of abuse, and you feel no withdrawal pains. Suboxone has helped many in recovery from opiate addiction. Suboxone is an drug that was [...]

Suboxone2014-02-01T23:00:40-08:00

Inhalants

2014-02-01T22:40:44-08:00

Basic Inhalant Facts Inhalants are both habit forming and potentially deadly. Known as "huffing," the act of inhaling the fumes of toxic chemicals in order to get the intoxicating effects is a cheap way for people to get the euphoric and dissociative effects they desire. Other inhalants, such as amyl nitrates, are thought to increase sexual pleasure. There are a dizzying number of products that fit this capability: Solvents Aerosol spray Lubricants Cleaning agents Gases, such as “laughing gas” Nitrates In [...]

Inhalants2014-02-01T22:40:44-08:00