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what is crack cocaine

What is Crack Cocaine?

Crack cocaine is considered a “serious threat to Florida,” according to the National Drug Intelligence Center (NIDC). Criminal groups, gangs, and individual dealers create and distribute this drug throughout the state. To measure the impact of this substance, the Medical Examiners Commission of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement analyzed drug-related deaths in 2020.1 Cocaine …

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alcohol and anxiety

Alcohol-Induced Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health challenges nationwide, affecting people from all walks of life. Having anxiety can make you restless, irritable and give you a constant feeling of being on high alert. Symptoms like insomnia, panic attacks and a racing heart rate may leave you searching for anything that can …

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making amends

What Does Making Amends Mean?

Relationships are chief among the casualties of substance use disorders, and for good reason. Loved ones who would do anything to help may eventually be overwhelmed by the reality of addiction. Those in the throes of this disorder behave in ways that don’t align with their values, religious beliefs, or moral codes. They may lie, …

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what is a speedball

What is a Speedball?

It’s no secret that addiction comes with a long list of risks. However, even within the realm of illicit substance abuse, some activities are more dangerous than others. Combining multiple drugs with different methods of action – a stimulant and a depressant – creates greater potential for fatal overdose. What is a speedball? Today, we’ll explain the …

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PTSD symptoms

What Does PTSD Look Like?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, often shortened to PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that impacts an estimated 6.8% of Americans at some point in their lives. Degrees of impairment range from mild to serious, meaning that a person may function well or struggle a significant portion of the time. Today, in recognition of PTSD Awareness Month, we …

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alopecia after meth

Alopecia After Meth

While most people are familiar with the major consequences of drug use – malnutrition, weight loss, and sleep problems – there are a few lesser-known symptoms that may emerge over time. Hair loss is a condition that may be worsened by the use of certain drugs. Read on to learn more about the potential link between meth …

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Women, Trauma, and Addiction

The Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction One size does not fit all for people entering treatment for alcoholism, addiction, and trauma – this is especially true for women. It makes sense that treatment for men and women needs to be different and specific as well. Traditionally, addiction and mental health programs have not dealt with …

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Inhalants: Signs of Abuse and Fast Facts

In the early 1800s, “laughing gas parties” were popular. In the 1980s, most people knew about recreational “glue sniffing.” Today, recreational abuse of inhalants remains common—and life-threatening. Potential effects include: Hallucinations Driving while intoxicated Asphyxiation Cardiac arrest Seizures Coma Permanent impairment of muscle control Permanent hearing impairment Long-term brain damage from oxygen starvation Damage to lungs, …

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