Stop Hard Drugs TM

Hard drugs are highly addictive psychoactive drugs. They may cause profound changes in the brain leading to pathological and behaviour changes for the consumers and affects many aspects of their lives. Due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, quitting using hard drugs is not easy. At the Stop Centres, we work with you hand in hand and provide you with multi-disciplinary services. Our one on one services insures your privacy and comfort. We treat both physical and psychological problems. Your individual treatment program adapts to your specific needs.

Getting informed

Drug harmfulness of different psychoactive drugs is different. In general, more harmful drugs are called hard drugs, and less harmful drugs are called soft drugs. The most commonly known hard drugs are Cocaine, Heroin, and Methamphetamine. In Canada, the most commonly used hard drug is cocaine.

Within a few seconds to a few minutes, after it is taken, cocaine can cause: a feeling of euphoria, excitement, reduced hunger, and a feeling of strength. After this "high" which lasts about one hour, users of cocaine may "crash" into a period of depression. This crash causes cocaine users to seek more cocaine to get out of this depression and results in addiction. Withdrawal from cocaine can cause the addict to feel depressed, anxious, and paranoid. The addict may then go into a period of exhaustion and they may sleep for a very long time.

Various doses of cocaine can also produce neurological and behavioral problems like:

  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • movement problems
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • depression
  • hallucinations

Cocaine affects the body in a variety of ways. It constricts blood vessels, dilates pupils, and increases body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. It can also cause headaches and gastrointestinal complications such as abdominal pain and nausea. Because cocaine tends to decrease appetite, chronic users can become malnourished as well.

Most seriously, people who use cocaine can suffer heart attacks or strokes, which may cause sudden death. Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of the heart stopping (cardiac arrest) followed by an arrest of breathing.

Chronic, long-term use of cocaine can result in:

  • Erratic moods and behaviour
  • Psychosis
  • Sleeping and eating problems
  • Impotence
  • Some users may experience sexual dysfunction
  • Heart problems
  • Nose and sinus problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Birth defects

Some effects of cocaine depend on the method of taking it. Regular snorting of cocaine, for example, can lead to loss of the sense of smell, nosebleeds, problems with swallowing, hoarseness, and a chronically runny nose. Ingesting cocaine by the mouth can cause severe bowel gangrene as a result of reduced blood flow. Injecting cocaine can bring about severe allergic reactions and increased risk for contracting HIV, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases.

Binge-patterned cocaine use may lead to irritability, restlessness, and anxiety. Cocaine abusers can also experience severe paranoia—a temporary state of full-blown paranoid psychosis—in which they lose touch with reality and experience auditory hallucinations. Cocaine is more dangerous when combined with other drugs or alcohol (poly-drug use). For example, the combination of cocaine and heroin (known as a “speedball”), carries a particularly high risk of fatal overdose.

For additional information on cocaine, please see: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/health-sante/addiction/cocaine-eng.php

Our treatment programs

Struggling with Cocaine or other kind of hard drugs? Our soft laser auriculotherapy plus medical physician supervision will make the recovery easy!

with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine):

if you suffer from other health issues (all kinds of pains, depression, anxiety, insomnia…), which makes quitting hard for you; we are right here to help!

with psychotherapy (cognitive behaviour therapy, CBT):

Quitting has always been a battle and relapsing seems inevitable? You may need extra help. Here we go! We will help you to remodel your thoughts and behaviours!


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