Marijuana Addiction vs Medical Marijuana
By: Rachael Parizanski

Is weed addiction? Believe it or not yes it is mentally and physically addictive. The longer you abuse weed the greater your chance is to develop an addiction.

Weed is considered an illicit drug. In fact, weed is considered the most commonly abused illicit drug in the U.S. with some 17.4 million users. People use weed for the high it creates. But marijuana can create different highs depending on the strain and the cultivation of the plant matter being used. Weed, like cigarettes and alcohol, has become a popular party and relaxation drug and use is on the rise among young populations.

What is it used for? Can it be used for MEDICAL NEEDS??? YES!!!
some state governments have made marijuana legal and weed can be prescribed to treat many medical conditions. While weed is used for medical purposes, use of weed is under the discretion of each individual and his or her physician. People diagnosed with cancer, auto-immune system disorders, and other conditions can efficiently use weed to treat pain, insomnia, nausea, and to stimulate appetite.

Where is Medical Marijuana Accepted and Not Accepted?

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Cigarette Smoking

By: Gus Karapanos
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Definition of Tobacco
A preparation of the nicotine-rich leaves of an American plant, which are cured by a process of drying and fermentation for smoking or chewing.

Addiction level:
Nicotine which is found in various Tobacco products has been found to cause cognitive and physical dystrophy in various ways, and not necessarily directly so it may fly under the radar. it alters a lot of chemical connections your body attempts to make and is a huge catalyst when it comes to aging. Dip and Chew tobacco if used for 30 minutes are the equivalent of smoking three cigarettes in terms of nicotine. so even in other forms of tobacco the amount of nicotine present is still enough to form an addiction.

Who it Affects:
EVERYONE. The high cost of cigarettes mixed in with the the huge toll it takes on your health and body make smoking a devastating drug. But to make matters worse second hand smoke will also affect people who choose not to be cigarette smokers but just by you smoking in their vicinity you are causing harm to them.


An estimated 40 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths

Soft AddictionsBy: Daniel Antonio

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What are soft Addictions?

Soft Addictions are everyday habits we may be overdoing without us realizing
    1. Television
    2. Exercise
    3. browsing the internet
    4. shopping

"its when they become habitual and we're just going through the motions that they become a problem" "these bad habits keep us from living a greater life of meaning and satisfaction that we really deserve"

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Relationships and Friendships

Relationships and friendships can fall into the category of soft addictions. If both parties are not growing as people are not helping each other the relationship in both cases can be just going through the motions. The goal should be to learn, grow and help one another.

How to break soft addictions

    1. Start by identifying one bad habit

    2. Find other things that you enjoy

    3. take time to write down a bigger vision for your life

    4. Don't stress if breaking habits seems difficult


Opioid Addiction

By Daniel Antonio

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what are opioids?

Opioids are a broad category of painkiller drugs, the problem comes with their intense feelings of well being and physical dependence. In most cases prescribed for pain but with this come risk of dependence and abuse.

Facts Sheet

  1. Opioids are any of various compounds that bind to specific receptors in the central nervous system and have analgesic (pain relieving) effects including prescription medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone and illicit substances such as heroin.
  2. 1.9 million Americans live with prescription opioid abuse or dependence, while 586,000 Americans live with heroin addiction.
  3. Opioid addiction disease occurs in every American state, county, socio-economic and ethnic group
  4. 52 Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses; two deaths an hour, 18,800 annually.
  5. 75 percent of heroin users started out abusing prescription opioids.
  6. In 2015, about 300 million opioid pain medication prescriptions were written, enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills.

When is it too much?

Not being able to function properly or constantly crave opioids are the signs of addiction.
When your life is consumed and revolves around getting high.

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  1. Committing to quitting
Taking the step to quitting opioid addiction and sticking with it often time is the hardest part. Emotionally mentally and physically preparing for treatment and detox
  1. Getting help from Doctor
Most cases opioids are prescribed by doctors. working closely with your doctor can help and even prevent opioid addiction. Prescribed medication by a doctor can help with withdrawal symptoms as well as curving cravings for the drugs.
  1. Getting support
Reaching out to family and organizations for support and addiction treatment is better than facing treatment alone. Support from family and friends can help move along treatment.


Heroin & Cocaine
By: Jack O'Neill


What is heroin?
    • Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is derived from morphine. People use Heroin for the euphoric effect it obtains.

How does Heroin affect a person?

    • If overused, heroin can cause one to be put in a coma and permanent brain damage.

    • When injected, people say they feel a "rush" of euphoria and then go into a drowsy state of mind.

Who does Heroin effect?

    • Heroin really effects all heavy drug users, but mostly ones who tend to like euphoric drugs. Heroin also takes a toll on loved ones, they hate to see a loved one go through such dark times both financially and physically.

    • It is said that 28% of people who try heroin will become dependent on it.


It has been said that about 9.2 million people use heroin in the world. Last year about 600,000 people has a substance disorder from heroin.

In 2014, the number of heroin users went up 254%.


Heroin addition is a disease that cannot be overcame without professional help. This type of rehab could be very expensive depending on what route the user goes. There are 2 types of treatment for Heroin users:

    • RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT: This type of treatment is when the individual leaves there negative environment and enters a "safe zone". Here they can get support from other recovering users and obtain knowledge about heroin.

    • Outpatient treatment: This type of treatment is when the user stays at home, but goes to a support group during the day.


What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug used as a stimulant. Often is said to numb the physical pain.

How Cocaine Effects the User:
    • Cocaine is becoming more and more common in the world of drugs as many larger universities have seen a higher amount of cocaine use in the last few years.
    • Cocaine raises the amount of brain activity in the user making them do things such as talk fast and attempt things they would not do sober.
    • Cocaine has a highly addictive quality many users find themselves craving it after only a few times using it.
    • Cocaine has recently been reported to actually eat away at the brain little by little with prolonged usage.

Side Effects of Cocaine
    • Once the body built a tolerance to any drug the user needs to use more of it to get the same effect, this is where cocaine overdose commonly happens.
    • The brain stops producing dopamine or drastically reduces the amount it creates leading to the user relying on cocaine to feel a sense of accomplishment.
    • Cocaine: increase in stoke, infection, insomnia, and insatiable hunger.
    • High of sever illnesses like HIV/Aids if the user shoots cocaine.

    • If anyone can find someone addicted to cocaine, interventions with family and friends to get the individual into a rehab center is one of the best ways to treat someone.
    • Cocaine addiction can be treated by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

    • Behavioral interventions are the way to treat cocaine users. This way develops a reward system to help prevent users from relapse.

Goldberg, R. (2014). Drugs Across the Spectrum. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning


Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco, Soft Addictions As a group you are responsible for creating your own Wiki covering the topics assigned. You may attach files, articles, videos, pictures and/or word document
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