Author: Gary Jackson

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Gary Jackson has been working as a social worker for 10 years now. He studied psychology at Boston University and, right after graduation, started helping people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Now he is writing helpful articles in the fight against drug and alcohol addiction in this blog.

April 12, 2024

Gary Jackson

What Is Ayahuasca? Benefits, Side Effects And Retreats

Even so, some people say they grew to appreciate the taste over the course of their ayahuasca experiences. It’s important to note that Rythmia is a well-known retreat that has both highly positive and scathingly negative online reviews. Also important to note is published reports exist of deaths, sexual assault and violent attacks by other […]

Drug Addiction

April 12, 2024

Gary Jackson

How does cocaine produce its effects? National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA

The drug achieves its main immediate psychological effect—the high—by causing a buildup of the neurochemical dopamine. If you or a loved one is using cocaine or misusing other substances, reach out to a healthcare provider for help. If a health event prompted your visit to your doctor, they’ll recommend treatment options and help supervise your […]

Detox and Treatment

April 12, 2024

Gary Jackson

Impaired Driving: Get the Facts Transportation Safety Injury Center

Driving under the influence of alcohol, or drink-driving, is a key risk factor for 27% of all road injuries. Thus, drink-driving is a significant public health problem that affects not only the alcohol user but also, in many cases, innocent parties such as passengers and pedestrians. Even at low blood-alcohol  levels,  drivers  experience  problems  with  […]

Alcohol Addiction

April 12, 2024

Gary Jackson

The Neurobiology of Cocaine Addiction PMC

Cocaine is a naturally occurring alkaloid that can be extracted from its botanical source and formulated into cocaine hydrochloride or ‘crack cocaine’. Cocaine induces its main psychoactive effects by impeding monoamine reuptake. The drug impacts several organs, such as the heart; brain; liver; kidneys; lungs; and has complex underlying mechanisms of toxicity that are herein […]

Drug Addiction

April 12, 2024

Gary Jackson

Meth Withdrawal: Detox Treatment for Meth Addiction

This can make it difficult to simply stop using the drug once you’ve started. Meth produces an intense high that comes on and fades quickly. Coming down can cause difficult emotional and physical symptoms, such as depression and insomnia. As a result, meth addiction often follows a pattern of bingeing on the drug for several […]

Detox and Treatment

April 12, 2024

Gary Jackson

Signs of a Meth Overdose and Finding Treatment

Another challenge related to the current wave of methamphetamine-related deaths is that medications to treat methamphetamine use disorder (especially among people with opioid use disorder) are still under development in the clinical trial pipeline [68]. Behavioral interventions such as contingency management and cognitive behavioral therapy show some promise but concerns about their durability and sustainability […]

Drug Addiction

April 12, 2024

Gary Jackson

Eyes and Alcohol: The Effects of Drinking

Long-term heavy drinking can cause interference between the brain and the eyes. It may also damage or speed up the aging of various structures inside the eye, such as the lens, retina, and optic nerve. The risk of developing age-related cataracts changes based on the amount of alcohol a person drinks. An Optometry and Vision […]

Alcohol Addiction

April 12, 2024

Gary Jackson

Methamphetamine Withdrawal: Symptoms, Stages and Duration

The research questions, inclusion criteria, review methods, and search strategy were all well described. Grey literature and hand searching were done and the full search strategy was provided in an appendix. The authors also indicated that they followed the PRISMA guidelines and that information was also provided in an appendix. Without this information, it is […]

Detox and Treatment

April 12, 2024

Gary Jackson

Snorting Cocaine Effects of Snorting Cocaine on the Nose and Sinuses

To find a treatment program, browse the top-rated addiction treatment facilities in each state by visiting our homepage, or by viewing the SAMHSA Treatment Services Locator. We are here to provide assistance in locating an Ark Behavioral Health treatment center that may meet your treatment needs. We do not receive any compensation or commission for […]

Drug Addiction

April 11, 2024

Gary Jackson

Psychedelic and Dissociative Drugs National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA

In conditioned-stimulus olfactory learning, the psychedelic DOI was found significantly to disrupt short-term learning and memory (Johnson et al., 2011). LSD has been tested in flies for its effect on learning and memory, where it also was found to disrupt short-term memory (C. D. Nichols, personal communication). In experiments examining aspects of learning and long-term […]

Drug Addiction