SPOTTED: Signs of Cocaine Addiction

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Cocaine addiction can be hard to spot when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Here we’re breaking down the different signs of cocaine addiction.

Illicit drugs, or narcotics, such as cocaine, can alter the brain in many ways. While it can create a pleasant high that makes it attractive and addictive, it has negative effects that can have both short and long term repercussions. Read More

SPOTTED: 5 Signs of Meth Abuse

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Meth abuse can be easy to spot–if you know where you’re looking.

Methamphetamine, meth, or here in our country, shabu. This is a highly addictive drug that can cause damaging changes to the brain, which can then affect their judgment and behavior. Read More

8 Ways to Deal with Toxic People in Your Life

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Have you encountered toxic people lately? How did you deal with them?

Life is full of challenges, and you actually don’t need other people to make it harder for you. However, difficult people are unavoidable–you come across them every once in a while. And they can really be a handful. You’ll end up trounced, pounced, and utterly exhausted, physically, mentally, and emotionally. That’s why they’re called toxic people after all. Read More

Mixing Drugs: What is Poly Drug Abuse

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Mixing drugs, or poly drug abuse, is often used by people who are addicted to substances but have already developed a tolerance for their initial drug of choice. And so, they would experiment mixing drugs together to get the high that they want or even get higher still.

In that insatiable thirst for the high, the addicted person would often stop caring what kind of drugs or substances they use as long as they get off on them. Often, these mixes of substances can cut it, but there are also times that these mixes of drugs can be prove to be a fatal recipe. Read More

Drug Cocktail: Mixing Meth with Weed

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Meth with weed, or having weed laced with meth may not be common, but it’s possible. Many people, especially those who buy weed from the streets, may not know that their weed is mixed with meth. However, there are those who intentionally mix meth with weed for a variety of reasons. Read More

The Difference Between Meth and Cocaine

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Meth and cocaine are both psychostimulant drugs, which means that they have mind-altering effects. Both may come as a white powder, and they are also compared because they have almost the same effects. Meth and cocaine also have a high potential to be abused. Read More

Perilous Pairs: 5 Common Disorders with Addiction

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There are common disorders that come with addiction. After all, addiction doesn’t come on its own. Worse than a thief in the night, it’s accompanied by its friends, feeding off on each other, with only destruction–and even death–in their wake.

You may not be fully aware of it, but there are certain health conditions that come in pairs. One condition often leads to the other, vice versa, or just occur together. For example, once you get diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease often follows. Allergies often come with asthma, and in the same vein, a cold often comes with cough and flu.

The same can be said when it comes to addiction. There are certain mental health disorders that accompany substance abuse, in what are collectively called co-occurring disorders. Read More

Spice Up Your Life? The Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids

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Synthetic cannabinoids are so much different than natural ones. While they are called cannabinoids and found in herbal or liquid incense, they’re far from natural, or even from their counterparts, marijuana.

This is because synthetic cannabinoids are actually man-made and may affect the brain more powerfully than marijuana can. It is sprayed on dried, shredded plant material and are marketed as “fake weed” but is far from being safe, natural, or even legal. In fact, its effects can be more powerful and more dangerous, if not fatal.

Today, it’s sold in colorful packages and plastic bottles that make them seem herbal or natural. This is why they are attractive to many consumers, especially the young ones. They come in different names, such as “spice.” It’s also called K2, Joker, Black Mamba, Kronic, and Kush.

To give you more perspective on just how dangerous this drug can be, here’s a useful set of infographics:

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If you know someone who is addicted to marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids like Spice, seek help. Call or text us at Bridges of Hope: 09175098826.

 

Today’s Marijuana: 10 Things You Need to Know

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If marijuana conjures images of the mellow, peaceful hippy culture of the 70s, then you’ll surprised to know that today’s marijuana is so much different than what it was decades ago.

For starters, today’s marijuana is so much more potent than before, thanks to the many hybridizations and strains that are now being grown today.  Read More

Is Your Teen Using? How to Spot Drug Paraphernalia

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Drug paraphernalia is easy to spot if you know where to look. For parents of kids or partners of adults who are abusing drugs, it’s important to know how to spot drug paraphernalia and know for sure if your loved ones need professional drug addiction treatment.

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