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  • Swedish Dance Club Goes Dry for a Night

    Swedish Dance Club Goes Dry for a Night

    Some people may be aware of how their drinking may be causing problems, for their health and their behavior, but are afraid of the process of recovery, thinking that sobriety will take them out of social settings where they have fun. Other people would not normally be interested in drinking to excess, but may consider it a requirement to be a part of social circles they are attracted to, that involve late night music and dancing.

  • What to Worry About When Detoxing from Alcohol

    What to Worry About When Detoxing from Alcohol

    Entering a treatment center and undergoing the process of detox for the first time can be an intimidating experience, especially if you don't know what to expect. It can help you feel more prepared for the first phase of recovery if you have a better idea of what your body will be going through and the best ways to handle certain situations that can come up.

  • Denial Plays A Substantial Role in Alcoholism

    Denial Plays A Substantial Role in Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a dangerous and often terrifying disease for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that when a person is addicted to alcohol, they often engage in highly risky behaviors, often blacking out and feeling extremely powerless while drinking.

  • Why is the U.S. 80% of the Worlds Prescription Drug Consumption?

    Why is the U.S. 80% of the Worlds Prescription Drug Consumption?

    Current estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau place U.S. population at around 319 million people, or slightly more then 4 percent of the people on earth. Thus, it is astounding that, according to congregational testimony by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, this one nation results in 80 percent of the consumption of prescription pain killers in the world.

  • Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    Approaching a Person in Active Alcoholism

    When someone close to you is suffering from an addiction, it is never easy to confront them about their behavior and ask them to seek help. For family members and close friends, seeing someone in their life struggle with alcoholism is painful but they may not know what to do to stop it.

  • 5 Ways Treatment Changes Your Perspective

    5 Ways Treatment Changes Your Perspective

    Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is an incredibly transformative experience that changes virtually everything about the way an addict perceives and experiences the world. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they very frequently find that their priorities shift so that they are entirely consumed with using.

  • Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    Does a Drug Taper Off Help before Detox?

    When an addict is ready to stop using drugs, one of the first things they must do is to detox. During detox, an addict, under the support of a medical staff, completely stops using and allows the dangerous drugs to leave their system. 

  • Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    Dealing with Spousal Alcoholism and Addiction

    People struggling with addiction are not only harming their own bodies and minds, but they are also hurt the people around them and their relationships. Marriage is one relationship that can be especially strained through the pain of addiction, turning a happy home into a nightmare.

  • How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

    Music festivals can be very joyous and fun occasions, providing the opportunity to hear favorite bands and experience community in a new, exciting atmosphere. However, often these festivals are not only about the music itself, but also places for high levels of alcohol and drug use.

  • 5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    5 Tools to Help Keep You Sober

    Even after long periods of abstaining from our addictions, staying sober can be a challenge, and there may be periods where it feels like a difficult struggle. However, the truth is that it does not have to be a daily hardship, or feel like more then you can bear.

  • Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    Prevent Substance Abuse by Understanding Drug Slang

    The central way to prevent drug abuse is with responsible education. By cultivating an awareness of what drugs are and the harm they can cause, you can work to prevent what may at first seem like harmless experimentation, but will lead to dangerous, compulsive addiction.

  • Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Surgery and Pain Medication Use in Recovery

    Opioid pain relievers have a very high potential for abuse, and can be very dangerous if taken beyond recommended doses, or for purposes other then their intended use. However, they can also be extremely useful in controlling otherwise unbearable pain, and allowing someone with chronic pain or recovering from extensive surgery to function

  • Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Painkiller Opana Quickly Rising In Use Around The Nation

    Prescription drug use has, for the past several years, been the nation's fastest growing and most dangerous drug epidemic. As deaths and hospitalizations continue to be on the rise in almost every state, legislatures and hospitals are working together to try to find ways to reduce the number of addictions and overdoses due to these dangerous drugs.

  • 5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    5 Tips on Rebuilding Self-Esteem in Recovery

    Recovering from an addiction is a long emotional journey that can require a lot of personal growth to get back on track. Addicts most often suffer from issues of low self-esteem because their substance abuse has taken its toll on them psychologically.

  •  Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    Let Your Actions In Sobriety Speak For Themselves

    For a recovering addict, becoming sober means finding a whole new outlook on life and behaving completely differently than one did while they were struggling with addiction. This is why sobriety is a lifelong journey and not simply a quick fix.

  • Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    Do Dry Drunks Suffer More In or Out of Recovery

    There are numerous different aspects of recovering from an addiction and quitting the substance abuse itself is only the first step. Some people in recovery might focus solely on their abstinence but fail to make progress in other areas of their life that also contribute to their disease.

  • Is There Such A Thing As A 'Recovered Alcoholic'?

    Is There Such A Thing As A 'Recovered Alcoholic'?

    In the recovery community, it is very common to refer to a person who is sober as "recovering," regardless of how long they have been sober for. Some people, both in the recovery community and outside of it, may wonder whether this is an appropriate term, since it may seem in the instance of a person who has not had alcohol for a very long time that they are no longer recovering but recovered. 

    This has led many people to pose the question of whether there exists a person who is actually a recovered alcoholic.

     

  • Why Emotional Sobriety Plays Such A Large Role In Recovery

    Why Emotional Sobriety Plays Such A Large Role In Recovery

    Getting healthy and sober means truly changing the way in which you think and behave. Of course, one of the biggest components to sobriety is abstaining from controlled substances, but it is also highly important that a recovering addict work to achieve what is called emotional sobriety. Maintaining emotional sobriety is an integral part of being healthy and drug and alcohol free. Here are a few reasons why emotional sobriety is such an important part of recovery.

  • Parental Influence On Alcohol Use And Abuse In The Household

    Parental Influence On Alcohol Use And Abuse In The Household

    There are many factors that may impact the likelihood that a teen will suffer from alcoholism. Environmental factors, such as the company a child keeps at school, as well as genetic factors, such as how predisposed the child is to alcoholism, will all play a large role in determining whether a teen will become addicted to alcohol.

  • Gene Found that Could Increase Risk of Alcoholism

    Gene Found that Could Increase Risk of Alcoholism

    Researchers have long known there was a link between genetics and alcoholism, but the exact genes involved are still being discovered. A recent study, published in Psychiatric Genetics and undertaken by researchers at the University College London in the U.K., has found a rare gene variant that could increase the risk of a person developing alcoholism, as well as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

  • Simultaneously Dealing with Addiction and Depression

    Simultaneously Dealing with Addiction and Depression

    Because of the way that addiction and mental health problems are closely related, it is very common for patients in rehab to require treatment for both substance abuse and issues of depression. When you are focusing on recovery it can be difficult to simultaneously battle symptoms of depression which often contribute to the cycle of abuse.

  • How To Mend Irreparable Relationships In Recovery

    How To Mend Irreparable Relationships In Recovery

    Addiction is a damaging disease that impacts the life of an addict and every person around them in a very severe way. When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, their brain's reward center becomes so singularly focused on finding and consuming more drugs and alcohol that all of the important relationships in their life become secondary.

  • Alcoholic Neuropathy's Impact On The Body

    Alcoholic Neuropathy's Impact On The Body

    Alcohol abuse and addiction contribute to many health problems, including alcoholic neuropathy. More than half of heavy drinkers develop neuropathy, and those with the highest risk are alcoholics who have been abusing the substance for more than ten years.

  • 5 of the Best Affirmations for Alcoholics

    5 of the Best Affirmations for Alcoholics

    Affirmations play an important role in recovery from alcohol abuse and addiction. The brain is the most powerful tool a person has in recovery, and using supportive, positive affirmations can help a person to find the strength to overcome his or her problem.

  • What a Dry Alcoholic Looks Like

    What a Dry Alcoholic Looks Like

    Recovery from alcoholism can be difficult, but most people find a new lease on life when they enter recovery. However, many alcoholics face a common problem known as dry drunk syndrome.

  • 7 Things That Need To Change In Sobriety

    7 Things That Need To Change In Sobriety

    Making the decision to get sober is, in effect, making the decision to totally transform your entire way of life and way of thinking. In sobriety, you will undergo a total change that involves you ridding yourself of the behaviors and negative thoughts that have, until this point, been preventing you from living a happy and healthy life.

  • How to Handle Sleep Problems in Recovery

    How to Handle Sleep Problems in Recovery

    The first few months of recovering from an addiction can involve a number of difficult withdrawal symptoms as well as physical and emotional problems to overcome. One of the most common complaints among recovering addicts is difficulty sleeping especially in the first few weeks of abstinence.

  • Why an Alcoholic Needs To Be Held Accountable

    Why an Alcoholic Needs To Be Held Accountable

    After an alcoholic finally reaches out for help and enters rehab treatment for their problem, there are a number of important values and skills that they must focus on to remain sober. One of the most crucial aspects of their journey to recovery is to develop accountability not just to their supervisors in treatment but to everyone in their life.

  • What Is Responsible For the Rise of Binge Drinking?

    What Is Responsible For the Rise of Binge Drinking?

    In the past decade, the instances of binge drinking among Americans has risen significantly especially with those who are college students between the ages of 18 and 20. Recent data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that while the incidence of regular drinking has remained stable over the years, there has been a sharp increase in the incidence of binge drinking.

  • Understanding The Stigma Of Relationships In Sobriety

    Understanding The Stigma Of Relationships In Sobriety

    When it comes to relationships while in sobriety, most therapists and counselors recommend that newly recovered addicts abstain from becoming involved in a romantic relationship for at least the first year of sobriety. Because of this, there is a kind of stigma around relationships that exists within the recovery community.

  • 5 Actions to Take When Dealing with a Relapse

    5 Actions to Take When Dealing with a Relapse

    Addiction is a complex issue that can take years to resolve even with the help of professional treatment. Unfortunately, the chance of relapse is high especially in the first few months after completing rehab.

  • Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    Why Escapism is So Attractive to Addicts

    There are a myriad of factors that can contribute to the development of addiction and some of them are unavoidable such as genetic and psychological vulnerability. However, one of the reasons people begin to drink or use drugs is that their substance abuse serves as a method of escape from reality.

  • Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Is There Such A Thing As 'Managing Your Drug Use' As An Addict?

    Addiction is a complex problem of physical and psychological dependence that seems to affect only certain individuals who are vulnerable. For many people who are not vulnerable to addiction, it is possible for them to have minimal contact with drugs or alcohol without losing control and being unable to stop.

  • The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    The Risks of Prescription Treatment for Drug Addiction

    Traditional methods of treating alcohol or drug addiction usually take place in recovery programs that focus on psychosocial treatment. Addiction treatment has evolved over time and the most common approaches involve detoxification and abstinence, individual and group counseling and, in many cases, a twelve step or other form of support group.

  • A True Definition of Relapse

    A True Definition of Relapse

    Addiction is a disease that stays with a person for life and is never fully cured but only managed as best as possible. That is why relapse is such a common issue that addicts have to be aware of at all times when they are getting through the initial phases of recovery.

  • Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    Is Mixing Methadone With Other Substances Recovery Russian Roulette?

    One of the available treatments for people suffering from opoid addiction is the use of methadone, a prescription medication that has been in use since the 60s. Using methadone as a means to recover from heroin or painkiller addiction remains a controversial subject because of the many risks involved in using medication as a replacement drug.

  • The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    The Link Between PTSD and Drug Addiction

    Post traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction have a high rate of comorbitity, which means occurring at the same time. In Vietnam veterans, between 60 to 80 percent of those seeking treatment for PTSD also meet the criteria for substance abuse. In the general population, around 30 percent of PTSD sufferers develop drug dependence, and 50 percent develop alcohol dependence.

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.

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