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Speedball combination of heroin and cocaine

Speedball combination

Speedball combination of heroin and cocaine, not a good match

Speedball combination of heroin and cocaine: Treating the toxic effects of multiple addiction

When addressing the problems relating to multiple addiction, it will certainly be incomplete if speedball combination is not addressed. Doctor Dalal Akoury MD and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center says that the other wide spread drug combination is certainly the Speedball. As a matter of fact this happens when heroin and cocaine are taken together intravenously in the same syringe or by insulation. Originally the term Speedball was applied only to combination of heroin and cocaine. Nowadays it also can be applied to mixture of any opioids with amphetamines and bezodiazepines. The idea of Speedball is the use of stimulant (Cocaine) and depressant (Heroin) at a time.

Speedball combination of heroin and cocaine: Avoidance of negative side effects of drugs

Combination of “upper” and “downer” is meant to reach the more intense rush of euphoria and the same time to alleviate the negative side-effects of both drugs such as an excessive anxiety and depression. Avoidance the sedative effect of heroin is the most frequent cause of appeal to Speedball. Two substances with opposite effects cause a state of mediator chaos in user’s brain.  Incoherence, confusion, drowsiness, blurred vision, motor skills dysfunction, uncontrolled behavior, paranoid delusions, hallucinations, excessive arousal are the typical symptoms of speedball intoxication.

There are two main groups of complications from using the Speedball. The first one comes from cardiovascular toxic effects of Cocaine: irregular heartbeat, blood hypertension, vascular constriction which often result in heart attack/ heart arrest, brain hemorrhage or ischemic stroke. The second one comes from pharmacodynamics of the drugs. The effects of cocaine wear off far faster than those of heroin. Uncovered, isolated effects of heroin may result in severe respiratory depression which is a life-threatening condition.

Speedball combination of heroin and cocaine: Physical dependence

This cocktail of drugs creates a strong physical dependence with all classical symptoms of heroin deprivation (nervousness, sickness, sever muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating and etc.) strengthened by symptoms of cocaine withdrawal (insomnia, paranoia, anxiety, restlessness and etc.), lasting even in the case of medical assistance no less than two weeks. Finally by now you must be well conversant with the dangers of drug addiction and you can just imagine that not just one but two or more of the drugs are wreaking havoc in your life in the name of multiple drug addiction. That is why this article was pointing out some of the collaborations drug users can make to even add more problems to their health. Even though multiple cases of drug addiction are increasing daily, this problem can be treated effectively. Therefore if you are struggling with addiction of any kind, be it multiple or otherwise, you can call doctor Dalal Akoury today and book an appointment with her and you will never regret having done so.

Speedball combination of heroin and cocaine: Treating the toxic effects of multiple addictions









Physical mental effects of heroin abuse

Physical mental effects

Physical mental effects of heroin abuse are so painful that if you don’t quit, you’re likely to continue in pain

Physical mental effects of heroin abuse: Treatment of heroin addiction

In most occasions, the physical mental effects of heroin addiction have no respect of whether the administration of the drug into the body through injection, sniffing or smoking. Of the three modes of administration users of this substance often prefers injection due to the speedy effects it has on realizing the euphoric feelings. It may not matter the mode of usage, the common denominator is that heroin is bad and must be discouraged if not eliminated completely. Doctor Akoury reports that with every admission of heroin into the body, the user is automatically and significantly increasing their chances of contracting chronic health complications including heart failure, respiratory failure, bacterial infections, brain damage, and a variety of other deadly conditions. Besides these the addicts are also likely to suffer from other symptoms like blood pressure complications, coma, convulsions, seizures, muscle spasms, weak pulse, etc. that is a clear indication and confirmation that there is nothing good about taking heroin let alone being addicted to it.

Just to put more emphasis on the treatment, our experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center are working round the clock to restore some serenity to the addicts and if you or anyone you know is struggling with this addiction, then you can schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury or be the point of reference for your friends and together we will make enormous progress in healing the world of this addictive drug. In the meantime, it will interest you to know that at this facility we offer psychiatric therapy whenever it is recommended to patients but even before we get there, the most important thing is that you need to be willing to be helped for all the treatment procedures to work. Being in denial is the biggest hindrance of a breakthrough in heroin addiction recovery.

Physical mental effects of heroin abuse: How to achieve lasting heroin addiction solution

Freedom from heroin addiction often comes at a very high price. This is called the withdrawal process. Just like we have indicated, attempting to detox yourself or go cold turkey from a heroin addiction can have fatal results such as heart attack, stroke, seizures, coma, or death. It is, therefore, necessary that patients seek help from a licensed medical detox center (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) to begin healing from heroin addiction. The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) maintains a continuously updated national database of heroin addiction treatment centers in your local area, as well as the leading recommended heroin addiction treatment centers in the United States and around the world. You now have a wide pool to choose from but be courteous to go for only the best for the best result.

Nonetheless, heroin is often mixed or “cut” with other ordinarily benign substances, although heroin abuse in its purest form is becoming increasingly common. It is not uncommon for users to graduate to heroin from other drugs. They will start taking heroin and experience immediate euphoria. Users will continue in an effort to experience that same feeling. Since the feeling is rarely emulated, users up to their dose and before they know it, they’re addicted and caught in a dangerous and costly pattern of behavior and that is why it is important for you to consult with doctor Dalal Akoury today for quick remedial action.

Physical mental effects of heroin abuse: Treatment of heroin addiction







Heroin addiction withdrawal

Heroin addiction withdrawal

Heroin addiction withdrawal may be challenging but it has to be done for good health to be realized

Heroin addiction withdrawal: Quitting addiction is difficult but possible

Like with many drugs, heroin addiction withdrawal is a big problem for many. Though that is true, users must make the effort of quitting this habit. This is because the dangerous effects are real. It must be noted that the little euphoric moments are just for a while but the consequences are for a life-time if this habit continues. Given an opportunity to choose between life and death in your sober state of mind would you opt for life or death? I am persuaded that you will settle for a life like all of us will. We now want to look at some of the true withdrawal from heroin addiction to help you be ready to face any challenges that may come with your noble choice of quitting. To help us get the facts right, we are going to be talking to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center a heath facility formulated by doctor Dalal Akoury primarily to offer lasting solutions to all drug addicts across the globe among other health complication matters.

There is no secret concerning the true withdrawal from heroin addiction. As an expert, doctor Akoury acknowledges that withdrawal can be very difficult, but she is also very quick to register strongly that it is only difficult but not impossible meaning that when there are the willingness and determination, freedom from drug addiction can be realized within a very short time. She adds that at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center upon scheduling an appointment, her team of experienced experts will in the most professional way help you to first come to terms with this disturbing condition. They will also work closely with your loved ones because in this journey everyone is a victim with just small differences in the intensity. Elements like “Clucking” or “cold turkey” is characterized by unpleasant symptoms such as cold sweats, nausea, confusion and intense craving and those are some of the areas that we will help you cope with. Besides, it is also important to note that some of these symptoms are not necessarily physically dangerous.

Heroin addiction withdrawal: The beginning of withdrawal effects

Upon enrolling for treatment our team of experts will evaluate your individual conditions to determine the degree or the magnitude of the problem before the commencement of a tailored treatment designed specifically to address the root cause of your individual addiction problem. This will help significantly in fast tracking the recovery process. We are determined to getting you back on your feet and pick up the pieces of your life back and live it to the fullest. And as this treatment process gain momentum, it is equally important to appreciate that the withdrawal effects are likely to start around eight to twenty-four hours after the last dose. This will be accompanied with some symptoms similar to flu aches, chills, and sweating, sneezing, yawning and muscular spasms. These effects take a week or two to subside but the feeling of weakness and loss of well-being can last months. Psychological dependence can be even harder to overcome than physical dependence. As a possible candidate for treatment, it is very important that you are well-informed of these challenges and contain with them because they form part of the withdrawal process. If you are not adequately informed, these can lead you into losing the treatment momentum.

Heroin addiction withdrawal: Quitting addiction is difficult but possible



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Dangerous skin picking

Dangerous skin picking

Dangerous skin picking will destroy your skin health

Dangerous skin picking: Cocaine abuse

Are you surprised that the dangerous skin picking is promoted by stimulants? The use of crack cocaine is becoming the order of the day and this is not doing any good to our skin texture. Speaking to the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD it is evident that stimulant-induced skin picking is a compulsive foraging response CICF (‘cocaine-induced compulsive foraging’) but the compulsion to skin pick has also been called psychogenic excoriation, delusional parasitosis, self-inflicted dermatoses, derma till mania, formication, or hypoesthesia; which is quite surprising considering that there has been so little research on the subject.

Dangerous skin picking: Characteristics of skin picking

Features of skin picking include excessive scratching, picking, gouging, lancing, digging and squeezing of normal or slightly marred skin. Even though the whole body can be involved, commonly the most picked areas include; fingernails, face, lips, scalp, arms and legs. This is made possible because drugs like cocaine, methylphenidates, phenelzine amphetamine and anticholinergic often produce increased nerve activity tactile sensations like burning, tingling and crawling that can lead to skin picking. So while it is clearly a chemical reaction to the drugs you’re taking, it can be closely linked with psychological issues like extreme anxiety or childhood trauma.

Dangerous skin picking: So why do people skin pick differently?

Studies suggest that it’s a coping mechanism for dealing with emotional pain. Physical pain distracts the individual and can help to alleviate feelings of guilt through self-punishment. Many S-P’s (skin pickers) report increased levels of tension prior to skin picking and a sense of relief or satisfaction following the picking. Some experience an altered state of consciousness whilst picking resembling a dissocialized state. However, lack of pain during picking episodes may also be related to opioid dysregulation. We can see elevated levels of B-endorphin in S-Ps, because of pain, in this case through self-injurious behavior, leads to the release of B-endorphins, which in turn leads to the release of tension.

Dangerous skin picking: Crack cocaine

The fact is, cocaine increases the activity of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the automatic nervous system associated with pleasure which is important for reinforcement of behavior. However, for reasons we don’t have the space to go into, too much use of cocaine can lead to a lack of dopamine in your system, which in turn leads to mood and anxiety disorders. S-Ps suffers from one or more of these conditions:

  • Agoraphobia
  • Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
  • Body dysmorphic disorder (hated self-image).
  • Dysthymia (depression tendencies)
  • Eating disorders
  • Kleptomania (compulsive stealing of objects) and
  • Major depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Trichotillomania (hair /eyelash/body hair pulling)

Besides the mention conditions, some studies have also established that more than half of the individuals with serious skin picking conditions also reported a history of body rocking, thumb sucking, knuckle cracking, cheek chewing and head banging. Alongside with all these, skin picking also causes a lot of anguish. The victim can feel embarrassed and this may lead to shame and even impaired social functioning. In some cases, people withdraw altogether from social activities while others may experience medical complications as a result of skin picking, like ulcers, infections, permanent discoloration, and scarring. Finally, too much scratching leads to open wounds and sores and when combined with injections, the infection can travel from the skin to the blood, causing serious illnesses like septicemia or endocarditis. And that should be an incentive for you to schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury for a more professional medical approach.

Dangerous skin picking: Cocaine abuse





heroin addiction

Heroin mission in the brain

Heroin mission

Heroin mission in the brain is to bring instability and destruction. To be safe quite using drugs

Heroin mission in the brain: The realities of heroin addiction

Do you have any idea what drugs can do to your brain? Drugs like heroin must never come in contact with the brain. That is because the heroin mission in the brain is to kill the proper functionality of the brain. Remember that, your brain is the most valuable asset in life. When experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center say that your health is your wealth, it is not a gimmick. It is a confirmed fact and this drug has nothing to offer the protection to this valuable yet priceless asset called health. And just to erase the confusion from your mind if any, doctor Dalal Akoury the MD and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center explains that, under normal circumstance, the heroin assignment in the brain and generally human body is to naturally produce its own opiate-like substances and uses them as neurotransmitters.

As we progress into the discussion about heroin assignment in the brain, let me make the emphasis that in a different way, I have not just singled out heroin but substances like the opiate. Meaning that some of the substances am alluding to may include endorphins, enkephalins, and dynorphin and collectively they are commonly known as endogenous opioids. Endogenous opioids modulate our reactions to painful stimuli and this is where many go wrong and are attempting to associate heroin with proper functionality of the brain. That aside these endogenous also regulate vital functions such as hunger and thirst and are involved in mood control, immune response, and other processes.

Heroin mission in the brain: Exogenous substances

And now as to the reason why opiates like heroin and morphine are affecting us so powerfully is that these exogenous substances bind to the same receptors as our endogenous opioids. There are three kinds of receptors widely distributed throughout the brain including the mu, delta, and kappa receptors.
These receptors through the second messengers influence the likelihood that ion channels will open, which in certain cases reduces the excitability of neurons. This reduced excitability is the likely source of the euphoric effect of opiates and appears to be mediated by the mu and delta receptors.

This euphoric effect also appears to involve another mechanism in which the GABA-inhibitory interneurons of the ventral tegmental area come into play. By attaching to their mu receptors, exogenous opioids reduce the amount of GABA released. Remember that under normal circumstances, GABA reduces the amount of dopamine released in the nucleus accumbens. By inhibiting this inhibitor, the opiates ultimately increase the amount of dopamine produced and the amount of pleasure felt. Besides that doctor Akoury says that the chronic consumption of opiates inhibits the production of cAMP. However this inhibition will be offset in the long run by other cAMP production mechanisms. When no opiates are available, this increased cAMP production capacity comes to the fore and results in neural hyperactivity and the sensation of craving the drug. And with craving you can easily continue in the addiction life. Doctor Dalal Akoury MD, wants to help you defeat all these and set you free from all manner of addiction. You can call her today to schedule for that important appointment.

Heroin mission in the brain: The realities about heroin addiction