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Cocaine Abuse & Addiction

The progression from cocaine use to abuse, and then onto addiction is characterized by:
  • the loss of control over use
  • obsession over use
  • continued use despite negative consequences
  • denial of a problem with cocaine
  • a high likelihood of relapse, even when use has stopped

When the use of cocaine is interfering with aspects of a user’s life, the drug is being abused. As is the case with alcohol and other mind-altering substances like heroin or prescription pills, drug use cannot continue for very long without adverse life consequences happening as a direct result of substance use.

When someone experiences problems in everyday life because of cocaine, yet continues to use, the drug is being abused. When a cocaine user has high blood pressure, linked directly to his or her cocaine use, for example, yet the choice to stop using the drug is not made, cocaine use has reached the level of abuse. When a young mother, using cocaine to stay energetic and motivated, crashes her car with her children aboard because of cocaine, the drug is being abused. And when a young salesman believes that cocaine is the way to stay focused, and to celebrate his successes, to the point where he cannot pay his bills because he has spent all of his money on the drug, yet he continues using, cocaine use has progressed to abuse.

A 37-year-old recovering stimulant addict shares her experience with addiction and finally getting help:

I woke up after passing out in a friend’s home, adn they had taken my money away from me, and they had posted somebody at the door, and my mother came and said, ‘I will not watch your children for you while you go out and party. If you do something about your problem, I’ll take care of your kids for a week.’ That was the first time anybody had said to me I had a problem, and that was the first time anybody said, ‘Stop. You can’t do this anymore.’

In each of the preceding scenarios, the choice to continue using cocaine seems reckless, but millions of people find themselves in similar situations every day. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), over 40% of all people living in the United States, aged 12 and over, have tried cocaine at least once in their lifetime, and over 2% of all people use cocaine on at least a monthly basis.

Cocaine is a highly-addictive drug that can take control of a person’s mind. As use continues, cocaine can convince a person that continuing to use is a great idea, despite the occurrence of negative consequences. The young mother who crashed her car can blame the accident on a number of things other than cocaine use. Denial is one major indicator that abuse has progressed to addiction.

When the salesman believes he is only using cocaine when he needs it to do his job well, and then to celebrate a job well done, he may not be able to deny the financial impact his use is having, but when he continues to use cocaine despite the negative consequences, he has lost control over his use. Loss of control is another indicator of addiction.

When physical health problems are being presented or diagnosed by a medical professional, yet the person cannot stop thinking about using, an obsession with use has developed. Even when trying to quit using, this person constantly returns to cocaine abuse. An obsession with cocaine use and relapse, or return to use, even after periods of abstinence and a desire to stop, are two more indicators of addiction.

Overall, the progression from cocaine abuse to addiction is identified by a loss of control over cocaine use, an obsession with using cocaine, continuing to use despite negative life consequences, denial of any problem with cocaine, and a high likelihood of relapse after quitting.

When a combination of these criteria are present, the need for help is very real. Drug use is progressive, and so is addiction. When substance use has reached the point of diagnosable addiction, problems and ramifications will only get worse when left untreated.

By contacting Recovery Now TV, you can stop the progression of addiction in your life, or in the life of someone you love. Call now: 800-281-4731.

Another indication that cocaine use has progressed to abuse or addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms when cocaine use stops. When an alcoholic stops drinking, he or she shakes, experiences delirium tremens, and is very sick. Drinking again stops the symptoms right away.

Since the same process happens with cocaine, the drug is addictive, and it is clear when a user has reached the point of abuse and addiction. The crash that happens after a cocaine high actually includes a set of symptoms that also happen when cocaine is stopped altogether after extended periods of use.

Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal:

  • Agitation
  • Anergia - the total lack of energy
  • Anhedonia - the inability to experience pleasure
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Fatigue
  • Generalized Malaise
  • Increased Appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Intense Cravings for Cocaine
  • Loss of Motivation
  • Psychomotor Agitation
  • Slowing of Activity
  • Vivid and Unpleasant Dreams

If you have experienced several of these symptoms, or are helping someone who is, it is time to seek treatment. Call Recovery Now TV to take the first step toward a new life: 800-281-4731.

Treatment for Cocaine Abuse & Addiction

Cocaine abuse and addiction will only get worse when left untreated. By seeking help through Recovery Now TV, that includes detox and formal treatment, cocaine dependent people regain their health, happiness, and vitality.
Treatment is effective. Scientifically based drug addiction treatments typically reduce drug abuse by 40% to 60%. These rates are not ideal, of course, but they are comparable to compliance rates seen with treatment for other chronic diseases, such as asthma, hypertension, and diabetes. Moreover, treatment markedly reduces undesirable consequences of drug abuse and addiction, such as unemployment, criminal activity, and HIV/AIDS or other infectious diseases, whether or not patients achieve complete abstinence.

- Dr. Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Formal rehab programs identify the problems common among drug addicts, and then focus on the unique needs of each client. A treatment plan, created with the addict, serves as a roadmap for his or her duration of care. Evidence-based approaches to treatment and various tools, techniques, and modalities are utilized to address each specific need included in a client’s individual treatment plan.

Finding a rehab facility that stays current on advancements in substance abuse treatment is important. As more addicts find success in recovery, strategies can be improved upon to strengthen the physical, mental, spiritual, psychological, and emotional health of each addict, and more specifically, each cocaine addict. The importance to simultaneously healing each aspect of a person’s life is known by a rehab center that effectively helps cocaine addicts regain confidence.

The first step is a thorough assessment of an addict’s personal needs and individual case of addiction. When the appropriate program is found, an addict can go through the intake process and begin detoxification.

To find out what treatment program is right for you, or someone in your life, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731.

To begin the process of ridding the system of harmful toxins from drug use, a cocaine addict needs a treatment team that is committed to constant monitorization of health and wellbeing. Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant, so a trained team, with the ability to continuously assess a client’s current status and ongoing needs, is of the utmost importance. With the help of Recovery Now TV, each cocaine addict is placed in a medically-monitored detoxification facility that best suits his or her specific needs.

Before formal treatment can begin, an addict’s body must be free of all addictive and mind-altering chemicals. For each addict, this requires a different amount of time, depending on prior duration, amount, and frequency of cocaine use. Consequently, addicts often find the detox process challenging. The physical and emotional discomfort paired with the constant desire to use cocaine do not make the process easy, but if supervised properly, pain and discomfort can be appropriately alleviated. Once complete, the addict never needs to endure detox again.

After completing the detox process, a cocaine addict can embark upon the adventure that will forever change his or her life: a formal rehabilitation program with ongoing therapeutic intervention.

Once detoxification is over, formal treatment can begin! A full assessment will determine a cocaine addict’s needs while in treatment.

A nurse with 20 years of recovery time shares:

I know it sounds strange, but the best thing that ever happened to me was that I became an addict. That’s because my addiction forced me into treatment and the recovery process, and through recovery I found what was missing in my life.

A wide range of therapeutic treatment techniques, administered for each unique set of needs should be available to each client. In most programs, individual counseling and peer group therapy are automatically included in each client’s treatment plan since each prove effective for the majority of cocaine addicts.

During individual and group sessions, clients are urged to discuss issues and problems connected to drug cravings, potential triggers for a relapse, and personal struggles that have kept a client using. Giving and receiving feedback from peers allows clients to feel loved and understood, and to feel valued when contributing to another addict’s recovery.

A 12-step based support systems is generally also used to expose clients to another proven method and tool for recovery. The ability to converse with and relate to a wide range of people, who have all abused cocaine, creates a sustainable community for post-rehab care.

An assessment, and the treatment team assisting the client, will also determine if that person needs treatment for another disorder while being treated for cocaine addiction. The term dual diagnosis refers to someone who is diagnosed with two disorders. Depression and alcoholism often occur together. Similarly, cocaine abuse and anxiety tend to coexist. When any substance abuse disorder is happening along with a mental illness or an eating disorder, that person needs to be treated for both at the same time.

Although the success of any drug rehab center has a lot to do with the willingness of the participant, the treatment centers associated with Recovery Now TV pride themselves on providing a great overall atmosphere with fully competent specialists and an attentive treatment team to ensure each client’s success.

Recovering from drug addiction is an extremely difficult task, but under the care and guidance of Recovery Now TV, cocaine addicts do recover, and you can too!

A 56-year-old recovering addict shares:

Everything that I am and everything that I have in me is invested in what I’m doing today in recovery - everything.

By calling 800-281-4731, you can find out how to get started in the Recovery Now TV program that is right for you or for someone you love.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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