Cocaine Addiction is a growing problem throughout the United States. The easy accessibility and fairly low cost makes Cocaine a drug of choice for people of all ages. According to the White House Drug Policy, approximately 36.8 million Americans aged 12 and older have used cocaine at least once in their lives. Most who have tried the drug continue its use on a regular basis. This often leads to the user developing a tolerance, the user requires larger doses of the drug to reach the desired effects. Many do not realize that the amount they are taking can have life threatening effects on their health, in large doses they are risking an overdose. Approximately 15,000 Americans die each year due to Cocaine overdose or other complications due to the drug. Yet the number of Cocaine users is on the rise, most resulting in a dependence on the drug.
What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. The drug directly effects the body’s central nervous system causing biological changes in the brain. The drug gives the user increased energy and alertness, feelings of invincibility, a sense of euphoria, as well as a carefree feeling. These effects are typically short lived, only lasting up to two hours. They are then followed by agitation, depression, anxiety, paranoia and decreased appetite. This will often send the user back to the drug to achieve the pleasurable effects again. A tolerance to cocaine easily develops, requiring more of the drug after each use to reach the desired effects. In time the mind and body develops a dependence for the drug, experiencing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and severe drug cravings. First time use of cocaine often starts a viscous cycle of addiction.
Its time for help…
Cocaine has both short term and long term affects on the users health, some of which can be fatal. A person addicted to cocaine often ignores responsibilities at home, work and with family life. Unfortunately it often takes a Cocaine addict to hit ‘rock bottom’ before realizing they have a problem and need to seek help.
If you or a loved one are fighting an addiction to Cocaine there is help waiting. Do not allow this overwhelming addiction control your life any longer. With the help of a treatment program specifically designed for cocaine addiction and the support of the Doctors and Staff at our treatment facility you can regain control of your life and no longer be a victim to cocaine addiction.
When contacting a treatment facility your mind will be put at ease, any fear of withdrawal and cravings producing unbearable pain will go away after one phone call. When entering into the facility you will go through an assessment process. The Doctors and staff want to insure your success by providing you with the most appropriate treatment plan available.
Your body will be cleansed of all chemicals and toxins in a relaxed environment during the Detoxification Process. Under the supervision of a Doctor you will be provided with a prescription medication that will help lessen the symptoms of withdrawal and control any drug cravings you may experience.
You will go through a counseling program, with both individual and group sessions. This counseling program will help you get to the cause of your addiction, as well as give you key tools to maintain your sobriety in the ‘real world’. You will be set up with a support group and sponsor when leaving the program. Unfortunately years into recovery cocaine addicts can have a craving for the drug and without the correct support system they often fall victim to relapse. This is why it is so important to attend regular group meetings as well as keep in regular contact with your sponsor. Your friends and family will also be a key tool in your sober lifestyle, helping you through the recovery process and controling your addiction throughout your life time.
Do not be a victim, you can win this fight with addiction and there are treatment programs that can help.