September 13, 2017

Cocaine is extracted from coca leaves, and was used initially as a painkiller. In fact, in the late 1880s it was dentistry’s first injectable anesthetic and is still considered useful for nasal surgery. However, dentists and patients alike quickly discovered the drug’s ease of addiction. This inspired the development of alternative anesthetics without add...

September 13, 2017

Initially my drug of choice was alcohol, and I drank alcoholically from the start at age 18.  After 12 years of constant trouble, numerous attempts to quit or control my drinking, and all the social and legal problems that go with active alcoholism, I finally did quit drinking on my own, without a recovery program.  I stayed “dry” for nine years. Then I w...

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