A therapist discusses cocaine abuse with a patient.

What to Know About Cocaine Abuse and Getting Treatment

Not everyone who uses cocaine develops an addiction that destroys families, careers, and physical health. But many people do. If cocaine abuse is causing problems in your life, quitting on your own might not be an option (otherwise you would’ve quit already). Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and confidence in…

xanax side effects

What are the Side Effects of Xanax Abuse?

Alprazolam (Xanax) is a popular benzodiazepine in the U.S. Like all benzodiazepines, Xanax is a central nervous system depressant designed to calm patients experiencing life-threatening panic episodes. It is not an antidepressant and not a painkiller. Benzodiazepines were developed in the 1960s as a safer tranquilizer than alcohol and barbiturates. However, when used in excess,…

Two people discuss the dangers of amphetamine use

What are the Dangers of Amphetamines?

Amphetamines are a type of central nervous system stimulant that treats attention-deficit disorders, narcolepsy, and obesity. Taking them is popular with students for the increased energy and concentration they provide. One of the dangers of amphetamine use comes from high blood pressure and body temperature, which can greatly increase the risk of a cardiovascular event.…