The Difference Between Meth and Cocaine

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Methamphetamine and cocaine are highly addictive and illegal drugs that can cause a variety of problems. Abusing these drugs can eventually lead to negative results in terms of your health, relationships, career or education, reputation, and many more.

Many people both smoke, snort, and inject the drug–and they in fact look almost the same–white powdery crystals–with almost the same signs and effects as well. So how is meth and cocaine different from each other?

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What Happens to Your Brain on Meth

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Many things happen to your brain on meth–and not one of this is good. Find out what happens to your brain on meth when the drug hijacks it.

Drugs such as methamphetamine (meth or shabu), are illegal and dangerous for a reason. They affect your body and brain in ways that are gripping and destructive–even irreparable and fatal.

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7 Dangers of Teen Addiction

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Teenagers are living at a time in their lives when they like to assert their individuality. They want to find out who they really are and explore their independence. They often want to experiment with many things, like activities, clothes, food, and unfortunately substances.

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10 Things You Should Know About Your Addicted Spouse

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Relationships, especially marriage is complicated enough without the troubles and intricacies of addiction. Here are 10 things you should know about your addicted spouse so you can deal with this difficult situation and help your spouse turn towards sobriety.

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People-Pleasing and Why It’s Bad for Your Recovery

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While it’s nice to be nice, being too bent on being nice too much can have its drawbacks–especially in recovery. In other words, people-pleasing can have its dangers if you want to stay sober.

Holding open the door for people, tipping the waiter, and observing your manners are all good things. However, if you try to be nice at the expense of your own comfort and self-esteem, then it could be a bad thing. In recovery, being nice–or people-pleasing– can hold you back.

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Healthy Ways of Dealing with Negative Emotions

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Negative emotions such as sadness, anger, loneliness, jealousy, or grief are perfectly normal–it’s how you deal with them that defines whether you’re right or wrong. Many people turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with these emotions or as a way to escape and numb themselves.

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How Self-Love Can Help You Heal

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Self-love can help you heal, especially as you embark on your recovery journey. Be kind to yourself today and see how life unfolds as you gravitate love and positivity in return.

Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean we should stop talking about love (we should really talk about love everyday!). This time, however, we’re zeroing in on self-love and how this kind of love is so powerful that it can help you heal. Yes, self-love can help you heal even the damages caused by years of substance abuse and addiction. Read More

For Your Brain, Love is Basically Addiction

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Are you in love, or is that gnawing need to always be with the apple of your eye just addiction? The compulsion to be close to your beloved, the high that their touch brings, the dose of tremendous happiness and passion one person brings…all these have similarities to being addicted to substances such as drugs and alcohol.

This is because, as many studies would show, the same areas responsible for feelings of love, romance, attraction, and affection are also responsible for addiction and compulsion. In other words, those in love also show the same basic symptoms of addiction.

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Tips for Dating While in Recovery

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Recovery is a special time you owe yourself. As someone who has finished addiction treatment and is in recovery, you should know by now that this is your time for self-love. You take care of yourself, this time without the crutch of drugs or alcohol. You also spend this time to reflect, reestablish connection, build structure, and basically put your life back on track.

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6 Fears That Keep You From Getting the Treatment You Need

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We have many fears that paralyze us, that trap us into an already bad situation. The same goes for addiction treatment, and the fears that keep you from getting the treatment that you need. Let’s take a look at these fears and what you can do about them.

Before you get to that point when you consider alcohol treatment, there’s more likely a lot of time, pain, and wreckage that have already occurred. For some, they have completely reached their bottom and have done irreparable damage to themselves, their health, their families, their reputation, or they may have even be institutionalized.

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