Knowledge is power in just about any situation you can think of. Knowing as much as possible about hazardous and addictive drugs gives someone a better chance at overcoming addiction. It’s important to know the facts about what drugs are doing to your health, relationships and career. Drugs such heroin and cocaine are some of the most unsafe and commonly used drugs out there. Knowing as much as you can about substances can be tremendously beneficial when getting clean. There is a massive amount of misinformation out there about substance abuse so it’s not hard to believe wrong information. Here are a couple of facts about commonly used drugs that can help you understand addiction and substance abuse a little better.

Cocaine is a stimulant produced from the leaves of the coca plant. Its early use was mostly in medicinal settings as an anesthetic. Cocaine usually appears as a white powder which is snorted into the user’s nose. It has powerful effects as a stimulant on the nervous system which last for around 20 minutes. Cocaine has the potential to send someone’s blood pressure through the roof which can cause death. Hollywood movies tend to glamourize cocaine usage as the drug of the rich and famous. This can lead people to try the drug in order to be like famous celebrities.

Heroin is an opiate analgesic manufactured from the seeds of poppy plants. It too started in the medical community as a substitute painkiller for morphine. However, it wasn’t long before doctors realized that heroin was actually far more dangerous and addictive. Heroin can be taken several different ways, but the method which produces the most intense high is injection via needle. This opens the door for the transfer of blood borne diseases through unsafe needle sharing practices. Heroin users are very susceptible to overdose, particularly when heroin is combined with other drugs like cocaine.

The more you know about dangerous and addictive drugs, the better chance you have at overcoming addiction. Stop by Substance Abuse Fort Worth today for more information about how a treatment center can help you get sober. 


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