Heroin is an opiate processed from morphine. On the street it is sold as white or brown powder, normally bought in small bags (like a packet of Sweet n Low) with drug dealers mixing the drug with quinine, sugar, other drugs, you never really know. The risk of overdose is high as one never really knows the overall strength of the drug .

Heroin is generally used IN (intra-nasal snorting it) or more commonly by IV. People who use a needle run the risk of disease from shared needles such as hepatitis and Aids. If you were to look at someone on heroin you would notice that their eyes are only half open and they tend to nod off frequently. This could happen even in the middle of a sentence. They scratch themselves often and have slurred speech . You most likely would see track marks or needle marks as their veins collapse in one area, and the user tries injecting into other veins on their body. You will see the scars, black and blues, bruises or people wearing long sleeves in the middle of the summer. A habit becomes very expensive as tolerance builds and the user wants and needs more. People steal everything and anything they can get their hands on, beware, your sweet child is gone and so are all your precious pieces of jewelry from your great-grandmother if you are not careful. Drug abuse problems go far beyond anything you would have imagined once heroin is in the picture. The heroin addict most likely will need to be hospitalized for their detox once they hit bottom.


Substance abuse addiction is a huge problem and cocaine is right up there as one of the most highly addictive and abused drugs in our culture. There was a time when we thought that cocaine was only for the rich and famous, now we know that cocaine is a drug which affects people from all socio-economic populations. Cocaine comes from the coca bush, which grows primarily in Peru and Bolivia. It is sold as a white powder and is mixed with cornstarch, sugar or maybe other stimulants such as amphetamines. The user does not know the strength of the drug or what mix of drugs they are actually using. Cocaine, usually called coke, can be used IN (intra nasal) normally called ‘snorting it’ or ‘doing lines’ (literally). The high may last from 20 to 60 minutes but remains in your blood stream for days and is different for each person. It changes as your tolerance grows, creating the need to do more lines or hits more often. Some people prefer to smoke the coke, or freebase which involves inhaling the vapors that has been cooked down to a rock form. Cocaine is a stimulant, it keeps you awake and very talkative, and one generally has a sense of well-being, energy, wanting to talk all night, feeling as if you can conquer the world’s problems. The reality is that users generally do not actually get up and do things, they tend to just sit around although they feel like they are fine inside. People who are using cocaine on a regular basis become very skinny, malnourished actually. Cocaine is insanely expensive and people loose sight of their priorities when they choose their drugs first. The coke abuser is most likely a person whose life is out of control, has no money and looks like hell.

Cocaine treatment is very important for the drug addict and for the family who is dealing with the addict.


Marijuana is one of the most frequently used drugs by people of all ages. Marijuana also has an incredible amount of misinformation surrounding it. The main chemical in marijuana is THC which is harmful. Contrary to popular beliefs there are negative effects from the use of marijuana. Marijuana users experience increased tolerance; a need to use larger amounts of the drug to get the same effect. Increased tolerance also creates a preoccupation with getting and using more and more of the drug.

Short-term negative side effects of Marijuana use lasting approximately 2 to 3 hours include:

  • Memory & learning difficulties
  • Distorted perceptions
  • Difficulty thinking and problem solving
  • Loss of co-ordination
  • Increased heart rate
  • Anxiety and panic attacks

Marijuana users might experience:

  • Subtle alterations of thought, information and expression
  • Increased possibility of driving, work or household accidents
  • Rapidly fluctuating emotions
  • Flight of fragmentary thoughts
  • Impaired memory

Health hazards related to the use of Marijuana include:

  • Increased risk of Bronchitis
  • Increased risk of Emphysema
  • Increased risk of Respiratory tract infection
  • Increased risk of COPD
  • Increased risk of Lung Cancer

High dose users of marijuana may experience:

  • Image distortions
  • Fantasies
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased risk of above mentioned health hazards

An individual who has been smoking marijuana might have red eyes, an increased appetite and decreased motivation. Users might just want to lie around and play video games, burn incense to cover the smell of smoking pot or have ‘the giggles’. With teens often you will see a change in friends, a drop in grades and a change in attitude if they become involved in drugs.

For help with drug addiction or drug abuse contact me today (973)359.0662 or Email: info@bpaolo.com