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  • 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.

  • Why Teen Culture Is Driven By Drug Use

    Why Teen Culture Is Driven By Drug Use

    Teenagers have long had a reputation of using and abusing drugs. Certain elements of youth culture seem to be driven by drug use. However, the relationship is actually more cyclical, where teen culture both drives and is driven by drug use.

  • Mutated Worm Fights Alcohol Intoxication

    Mutated Worm Fights Alcohol Intoxication

    New research has discovered a certain mutated species of worm that could prove instrumental in the fight against alcoholism. Scientists at the University of Texas in Austin have discovered that by inserting a "modified human alcohol target" into the worm they are able to make it immune to the intoxicating effects of alcohol.

  • Shia LeBeouf Reaches Out For Help with Alcoholism

    Shia LeBeouf Reaches Out For Help with Alcoholism

    The star of the popular film "Transformers", Shia LeBeouf has admitted that he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse although he has not yet entered a rehab facility. In spite of false reports stating that the actor entered rehabilitation, LeBeouf's representatives have stated that he is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse but not through an inpatient treatment center.

  • Naloxone Hydrochloride Approved: Relieves Pain And Is Harder To Abuse

    Naloxone Hydrochloride Approved: Relieves Pain And Is Harder To Abuse

    Prescription pain medication is one of the most widely abused substances in America, third behind alcohol and marijuana. About 4.8 million Americans have abused pain medication in the past month, according to the latest data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • NHL's Rich Clune Talks Alcoholism and His Sobriety

    NHL's Rich Clune Talks Alcoholism and His Sobriety

    Hockey star, Rich Clune of the Nashville Predators has recently opened up about his recovery from alcoholism and how it changed his life for the better. Clune is one of the few NHL players to admit to his alcohol problem while still in the league and although a controversial confession he wants to get the word out about recovering from alcoholism.

  • Can Treating Patients While Hospitalized Increase Success Rate For Recovery?

    Can Treating Patients While Hospitalized Increase Success Rate For Recovery?

    There is no question that one of the most significant events that can lead an addict to seek sobriety is hitting "rock bottom,". Rock bottom refers to the point in time when an addict's addiction causes some kind of event or condition that is so severe that an addict realizes they they must seek help if they are going to continue to live. Hitting rock bottom is generally a very unpleasant and scary place, but for many addicts, this is the only way to get some clarity about the importance of seeking help.

  • Does Senator Markey's Plan Help Or Hurt Heroin Addicts?

    Does Senator Markey's Plan Help Or Hurt Heroin Addicts?

    Heroin addiction is a growing problem in America. Many experts believe that the cause of the rise in addiction is due to an increase in prescription medication abuse. The second most commonly abused illicit drug, behind marijuana, is prescription medication, especially prescription opioid pain medication.

  • How To Get Off Suboxone

    How To Get Off Suboxone

    Recovering from heroin is no easy feat. Heroin is an extremely addictive and powerful drug, and when an addict stops using, they very frequently experience symptoms that are highly unpleasant. These symptoms, known as withdrawal symptoms, occur because the brains' reward centers send messages to the brain to trigger unpleasant sensations when the brain does not receive the substance they are addicted to.

  • The Process Of Rapid Detox With Naltrexone

    The Process Of Rapid Detox With Naltrexone

    One of the first and most important steps any addict must take when they are prepared to get clean and sober is to detox from the drug that they are addicted to. The process of detoxing is generally very physically uncomfortable and leads to what is known as withdrawal symptoms.

  • Is Silicon Valley Slipping Into A Drug Fueled Work Culture?

    Is Silicon Valley Slipping Into A Drug Fueled Work Culture?

    There are few sectors of the economy that are growing as quickly and enjoying more profits than in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley, the "motherland" of the tech industry is an area that is notable for not only the large numbers of majorly profitable developments that emerge from it, but also because of the fact that so many of the men and women benefitting from the tech boom are very young and very ambitious.

  • Recovery Community Starting To Show Up In Force At Music Festivals

    Recovery Community Starting To Show Up In Force At Music Festivals

    Music festivals have long been a mainstay of American popular culture. They offer a great way for music lovers to see some of their favorite artists all at one event. The festivals also boast a wonderful chance for music lovers from all walks of life to meet other people with similar tastes and to enjoy the experience of listening to music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

  • The Cognitive Recovery of an Alcoholic

    The Cognitive Recovery of an Alcoholic

    Excessive alcohol consumption over a long period of time is known to cause significant brain damage and even cognitive illnesses such as dementia. People that suffer from alcoholism tend to experience the worst consequences of alcohol on the brain and may show serious cognitive impairment.

  • Does Kombucha Present a Threat To Alcoholics In Recovery?

    Does Kombucha Present a Threat To Alcoholics In Recovery?

    Kombucha is a beverage that has grown in popularity over the last several years. Hailed by many as a health miracle, kombucha is a probiotic that is made of fermented mushrooms. Many people regularly drink the beverage as part of a health regimen because of the fact that it may aid in digestion and help with things like headaches and skin clarity.

  • The Stages of Recovery for an Alcoholic

    The Stages of Recovery for an Alcoholic

    Once a person struggling with addiction makes the decision to enter recovery, they must face a long and often difficult journey. Recovery does not happen overnight and everyone experiences the process differently depending on their background and the severity of addiction.

  • Breaking Down Gender Specific Challenges for Women in Addiction Treatment

    Breaking Down Gender Specific Challenges for Women in Addiction Treatment

    Women and men are different in more than just biological ways. The differences between men and women can affect the way they communicate and connect with one another. Because women have certain psychological differences than men, their specific needs can bring up issues when they are receiving addiction treatment.

  • Where to Turn When Your Solution of Alcohol Stops Working

    Where to Turn When Your Solution of Alcohol Stops Working

    When life gets overwhelming people often look to drinking as their stress reliever and consume alcohol as an escape from their problems. Drinking becomes a cycle as they look for temporary relief but never quite resolve what is bothering them.

  • 5 Most Dangerous Places For A Person In Recovery

    5 Most Dangerous Places For A Person In Recovery

    Avoiding relapse can be difficult, especially during early recovery. When a person has undergone treatment for drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, then he or she should be careful about the environments in which he or she resides to avoid temptation and relapse.

  • British Think Tank Proposing Alcohol Tax Dedicated to Funding Rehab

    British Think Tank Proposing Alcohol Tax Dedicated to Funding Rehab

    Alcohol abuse and addiction is a serious problem around the world, and alcohol causes 3.3 million deaths every year around the world. Alcohol is not the only substance abuse problem, with about 15.3 million people suffering from drug use disorders around the world.

  • The Correlation of Alcohol Abuse and Depression

    The Correlation of Alcohol Abuse and Depression

    Alcoholism is a disease that is complex and often difficult to treat because of the fact that it can have so many causes. When a person is addicted to alcohol, their brain's reward center becomes so accustomed to receiving the pleasurable feelings associated with consuming alcohol that the brain becomes entirely fixated on drinking.

  • Changing Denial Into Rational Thought

    Changing Denial Into Rational Thought

    Denial is one of the biggest impediments to overcoming addiction. In order to seek treatment, a person must admit that there is a problem. Too often, drug addicts and alcoholics get stuck believing that they do not have a problem; that they can stop any time they want, rather than recognizing that they need help to overcome a drinking or drug abuse problem.

  • 5 Truths Learned In Treatment

    5 Truths Learned In Treatment

    Many of the elements of an addiction treatment program focus on looking inwards to learn more about oneself. Therefore, when you undergo a treatment programs, you typically learn important truths about yourself, and life.

  • 5 Truths Learned In Treatment

    5 Truths Learned In Treatment

    Many of the elements of an addiction treatment program focus on looking inwards to learn more about oneself. Therefore, when you undergo a treatment programs, you typically learn important truths about yourself, and life.

  • The Truth about the Difficulties of Teen Sobriety

    The Truth about the Difficulties of Teen Sobriety

     Adolescence is the period of time when children under the age of 18 are most likely to start experimenting with drugs or alcohol. Although parents may encourage young teens to stay sober, it may be hard for them to avoid temptation in their social environment.

  • My Chemical Romance Frontman Gerard Way Talks Openly About His Relapse

    My Chemical Romance Frontman Gerard Way Talks Openly About His Relapse

    Rock stars and musicians are infamous for having drug and alcohol problems, which is one of the reasons behind the famous mantra "sex, drugs and rock and roll." However, musicians are not the only celebrities to make headlines due to their drug or alcohol abuse, a stint in rehab, or even a death caused by drugs or alcohol.

  • 5 Ways To Avoid Depression In Recovery

    5 Ways To Avoid Depression In Recovery

    It is not uncommon for people recovering from addiction to deal with some symptoms of depression and anxiety as they go through the early phases of rehab. In a lot of cases, substance abuse becomes a way for an addict to escape from existing problems with depression and abstaining from alcohol and drug use can make their symptoms come back worse than ever before.

  • Can Binge Drinking Be Reduced By Stringent Alcohol Laws?

    Can Binge Drinking Be Reduced By Stringent Alcohol Laws?

    Alcohol abuse is a serious problem that poses a very real threat to minors each year. Annually, 4,300 minors die from alcohol related causes, and countless others suffer serious injury or other major problems as a result of their excessive drinking.

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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