Common Substances of Abuse
Many drugs are prone to abuse, but Kratom is one that many people are unfamiliar with. This is Kratom explained: What is it? Is it addictive?
The Kratom tree is an evergreen in the coffee family that grows in Asian countries such as Myanmar and Thailand. So far, the FDA has found no medical uses for Kratom. This Schedule I substance is quickly getting more popular for recreational drug use.
A Brief Introduction to Cocaine and Cocaine Addiction Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug, powerful and illegal. While it has limited medical purposes, most people use it recreationally. On the street, cocaine appears as a fine white powder or small chunks known as “crack cocaine.” Drug dealers often mix the drug with powder such… View more
Alcohol Abuse & Addiction A Brief Introduction to Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse People use drugs for a variety of reasons. Nowadays, a lot of us face stress that overwhelms both mentally and emotionally. Because of this, there’s been a steady rise in substance abuse. This includes alcohol abuse, which is the most widespread substance use… View more
Fentanyl Addiction A Brief Introduction to Fentanyl and Fentanyl Addiction Fentanyl is a pharmaceutical drug that is typically used as an anesthetic. It can give users feelings of euphoria, relaxation, pain relief, and comfort. It is extremely addictive, as is heroin, and it is a cheaper alternative to some of the more expensive opioids. Some… View more
A Brief Introduction to Oxycodone and Oxycodone Addiction Oxycodone (or “oxy”) is one of the most widely prescribed pain-relieving medications in the world. The drug, sold under the brand names Percocet or Oxycontin, is extremely effective in treating mild to intense pain. Unfortunately, it’s also extremely addictive. Since doctors started prescribing Oxycodone more frequently in… View more
MDMA Addiction A Brief Introduction to MDMA and MDMA Addiction MDMA addiction, like any form of addiction, can have devastating effects on an individual. The drug was developed in Germany by the pharmaceutical company Merck. MDMA (or Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) was originally used in psychotherapy treatment. The CIA experimented with MDMA as a form of psychological weaponry… View more
Benzodiazepine Addiction A Brief Introduction to Benzos and Xanax Addiction Benzodiazepines or “benzos” are a classification of drugs consisting of the substances Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan among others. These drugs, commonly prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders, can often lead to addiction. Drugs like Xanax are commonly taken orally but can be used sublingually by… View more
Methamphetamine Addiction A Brief Introduction to Meth and Methamphetamine Addiction Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is one of the most addictive substances someone can abuse. It is classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II stimulant. Though prescribed infrequently, it sometimes can be used by patients to treat ADHD or to help with… View more
Heroin Addiction A Brief Introduction to Heroin and Heroin Addiction Charles Romney Alder Wright, an English chemist, experimented with combining morphine and various acids. These experiments resulted in the discovery of diamorphine or “heroin.” This drug was first employed in the United States as a pain reliever. Often it was used in cough syrup,… View more