Commonly known as “coke,” “blow” and “snow,” cocaine is a drug made from the leaves of the coca plant. It can be used medically as a topical anesthetic, but is most widely used recreationally as a stimulant.
When used for recreational purposes, cocaine is typically sold in powdered form, which is snorted or burned and inhaled as smoke. Some coke users mix the powder into a solution and inject it into a vein.
Drug dealers often mix the powdered version of coke with other white, powdery substances like flour, cornstarch or other drugs — substances that are unknown to the user and can cause unexpected effects.
As an illicit drug, coke is also solidified into crystalline rock form, which is sold as “crack” cocaine. Crack users heat and smoke the rock crystals, a process that makes a crackling sound and leads to very rapid, short-acting effects. Considered 75% more potent than powdered cocaine, crack’s short-acting effects are more intense and can lead to addiction after one use.
By Nathan Falde
The practice of dabbing, which involves the inhalation of marijuana vapors in a highly concentrated form, is revolutionizing the concept of marijuana intoxication. While smoking pot in the traditional way delivers a relatively mild high, dabbing is catching on because it does precisely the opposite.
During a good part of his 20-year career in the public spotlight, former Olympic champion and professional wrestler Kurt Angle secretly battled an addiction to Vicodin, a condition later complicated by a co-occurring dependency on alcohol.
At the depths of his addiction, Angle was taking 65 extra-strength Vicodin in a single day, all to counteract pain from a series of injuries sustained throughout his athletic career. Eventually Angle began to mix his pain pills with alcohol to enhance their effects even further.
After falling prey to this deadly habit, his life began to spin out of control. From 2007 to 2013, Angle was arrested and charged with a DUI on five separate occasions, and it was only after the final incident that he agreed to enter a drug rehab center to seek treatment for his substance use disorder.
A few years earlier, Angle had tried to beat his addiction through self-detox, locking himself in his home for 10 days where he had no access to Vicodin or any other drug. Not surprisingly, this do-it-yourself approach failed to produce lasting results, unlike his stint in rehab that has been followed by three years of uninterrupted sobriety.
Treatment for addiction saves lives. But there is still a lot of uncertainty about what rehab for substance abuse can or cannot accomplish. As a result, people have polarized views about inpatient addiction treatment, either idealizing it as a cure-all or cynically dismissing it as a recipe for failure.
Neither opinion is correct, but each is supported by myths that top rehab centers are doing their very best to refute. Here we will debunk some of the most damaging of these false beliefs, all of which could prevent people struggling with substance abuse from getting the expert medical assistance they desperately need.
Chemical interactions in the brain are the basis of all mental health. When the correct chemicals are present in the correct amounts, your mood remains stable and you have a positive outlook on life. When the chemicals become imbalanced, you may experience mood swings or get stuck feeling severely depressed, manic, anxious or paranoid, to name a few.