Speedball, also known as “snowballing”, or “powerballing”, is a term commonly referring to the hazardous intravenous use of heroin and cocaine together in the same syringe. The combination is also known as “moonrocks” when smoked. Cocaine acts as a stimulant, whereas heroin acts as a depressant. The increasing use of speedballs is widespread across the country and has become an epidemic. Studies have reported that speedball abusers exhibit a more severe addiction compared to other cocaine abusers, they are more likely to fail in drug abuse treatment, and are at increased risk of contracting HIV infection.
Speedball provides an intense rush of euphoria with a high that combines both effects of the drugs, while excluding the negative effects, such as anxiety and sedation. This is a potentially lethal concoction: the cocaine acts as stimulant raising the heartbeat, but its effects wear off more quickly than those of heroin which in turn slows the heart. As a result, it is possible to experience a delayed overdose, when the stimulant wears off and the full effects of the heroin are felt in isolation. The term may be applied to the simultaneous use of any opiate drug with a stimulant, and methamphetamine has been used in place of cocaine.
Although less potent, Vodka Red Bull is similar in that it is an upper–downer drug combination.
Speedball is a very addictive combination, which ruins lives very quickly. The drug will cause one to lose control of his thoughts and actions and turn a rational person into a criminal, just so he or she is able to afford their habit. Speedball, like any other illicit drug, destroys families, careers and homes.
If you have a loved one who is struggling with speedball or cocaine addiction, talk to the person about your concerns, and offer your help and support. Addiction specialists such as Narconon drug rehab centers report that the earlier addiction is treated, the better.
Be prepared for excuses and denial with specific examples of behavior that has you worried. You can support a person with a substance abuse problem and encourage treatment, but you can’t force an addict to change. You can’t control your loved one’s decisions. Let the person accept responsibility for his or her actions, an essential step along the way to recovery for drug addiction.
There is hope Narconon is a inpatient rehab that specializes in teaching people how to overcome their addiction and become a productive member of society once again.
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