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  • 5 Healthy ways to Deal with Early Recovery from Opioids

    5 Healthy ways to Deal with Early Recovery from Opioids

    The process of recovery from opioids can sometimes feel very difficult. Part of this is from the intense physical withdraw opioids create, as your body may have lost the ability to function, feel healthy, or receive positive feelings without the substance use.

  • Anxiety and Depression Prescriptions Leading to Prescription Drug Abuse

    Anxiety and Depression Prescriptions Leading to Prescription Drug Abuse

    The most commonly prescribed medication for anxiety and depression are a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. This category includes recognizable names such as Xanax and Valium. These medications are prescribed for a variety of conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, withdrawal from alcohol, seizure, as a muscle relaxer, and as a sedative before events such as surgery.

  • The Defining Line between Xanax and other Benzodiazepines

    The Defining Line between Xanax and other Benzodiazepines

    Every year, there are almost 100 million people who are prescribed drugs from the benzodiazepine family to treat anxiety and insomnia. But how do these drugs work? And how does Xanax differ from the other commonly prescribed benzodiazepines? The following is a short guide to the various anti anxiety drugs, how they are taken, and how they work to treat anxiety disorders.

  • Identifying as an Alcoholic is the First Step to Recovery

    Identifying as an Alcoholic is the First Step to Recovery

    If you are familiar with the concept of the twelve step program then you have probably heard that the first step is to admit you have a problem. This is the foundation that begins a person's recovery when they start going to twelve meetings or enter a rehab treatment center. It is not possible to rid yourself of an addiction when you are still in denial to some extent about how your actions have affecting your life and the people around you.

  • 5 Tips for Organizing an Alcoholic Intervention

    5 Tips for Organizing an Alcoholic Intervention

    When someone you love has an alcohol problem, it can seem overwhelming to try to help them or convince them to enter treatment. You don't want to push them away or make the problem worse by confronting them, but you can't go on watching them in their self-destruction.

  • The Gift of Clarity that Sobriety Offers

    The Gift of Clarity that Sobriety Offers

    For people that have struggled for years with addiction, sobriety can offer them many gifts to change their life for the better. Being addicted to a substance can mean that you are living your life in a fog and are not present through most of your existence.

  • 6 Facts Teens Need to Know About Underage Drinking

    6 Facts Teens Need to Know About Underage Drinking

    It is becoming increasingly common for teens to start drinking in middle school or high school because of their friends and peers. Unfortunately, many of these teens can become addicted or move on to do other types of drugs when they begin drinking early.

  • What a Year of No Alcohol Will Do for Your Body

    What a Year of No Alcohol Will Do for Your Body

    People who go into alcohol recovery begin to experience the many health benefits of abstaining from drinking. Even for people who do not suffer from addiction, quitting alcohol can have great effects on your health and body

  • 5 Reasons a Real Alcoholic Needs to Hit Rock Bottom

    5 Reasons a Real Alcoholic Needs to Hit Rock Bottom

    Watching someone deep in the throws of addiction can be a deeply painful process, especially if you are in the recovery process yourself. You may want desperately to do whatever you can to pull them out of a pit of self-destruction.

  • Why Alcoholics use Alcohol to Suppresses Emotion

    Why Alcoholics use Alcohol to Suppresses Emotion

    Most people experience hard emotions on a regular basis, such as feelings of anxiety, stress, sadness, or anger. The pressure and tensions from hard feelings are normal parts of being alive, and something we must all find ways to deal with.

  • 10 Facts about Drunk Driving that you need to Know

    10 Facts about Drunk Driving that you need to Know

    Driving drunk is extremely dangerous, both for yourself and for pedestrians and other drivers. Driving is a difficult and dangerous activity that requires your full concentration, and few things can impair your ability to give driving an adequate level of concentration like being under the influence. Here are some sobering facts about drunk driving you should be aware of.

  • Cutting back on Alcohol for a Lower Risk of Dementia

    Cutting back on Alcohol for a Lower Risk of Dementia

    Dementia is a serious and often very painful condition that claims the memories and limits the functioning of an elderly person's brain. There is currently no known cure for this disease that can severely limit a person's ability to interact with others or have awareness of the surrounding world.

  • 5 Reasons you may be Dependent on Alcohol

    5 Reasons you may be Dependent on Alcohol

    Not everyone who consumes alcohol has issues with alcohol dependence. Plenty of people are able to drink in moderation, without many ill effects on their physical or mental health, and they are able to stop drinking if their behavior ever becomes harmful or creates negative consequences.

  • Why Protecting Anonymity is Extremely Important

    Why Protecting Anonymity is Extremely Important

    The tradition of maintaining anonymity in recovery dates back 76 years to when Alcoholics Anonymous first began. It continues to be a major part of the 12 step group today. The purpose of protecting anonymity is to make members of the group feel safe and to create an environment where all individuals are equal.

  • 5 Coping Mechanisms to deal with Addiction Withdrawal

    5 Coping Mechanisms to deal with Addiction Withdrawal

    Overcoming an addiction is not simple. Making the decision to stop drinking or using drugs is only the first step in a long process. The goal of recovery is to create a new life that is healthier and more balanced.

  • What Coffee Does to the Brain

    What Coffee Does to the Brain

    Coffee addicts know just how important it is to get that first (and second, and third...) cup of coffee in the morning before getting started with the day. Having that cup helps you to not only wake up, but also feel like a normal, functioning human being. But how does it work? There is a scientific explanation for how coffee gives you energy and it all has to do with the chemicals in your brain.

  • 5 Ways to Accomplish Your Goals This Year

    5 Ways to Accomplish Your Goals This Year

    It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and optimistic energy of the new year and make resolutions that you may not be able to keep. Now that we're well into January, it's time to take a look back and see where you are with those resolutions.

  • Why Service in Recovery Helps Keep You Sober

    Why Service in Recovery Helps Keep You Sober

    At the beginning of a journey through a 12 step program, the importance of being of service is stressed. Many who are new to recovery may not understand what being of service exactly means and how it is supposed to be done. The following is a short guide describing the role of service during the recovery process and how it can change the quality of your experience, as well as help others.

  • 10 Ways to Fight Feelings of Uselessness in Recovery

    10 Ways to Fight Feelings of Uselessness in Recovery

    While someone is addicted to alcohol or drugs, much of their time and energy is spent thinking about, planning or being intoxicated. When they finally become sober they may suddenly find themselves with hours of free time and not know what to do with it.

  • The Emotional State of Getting Clean and Sober

    The Emotional State of Getting Clean and Sober

    When someone suffers from addiction, in many cases they use their drug or alcohol abuse as a way to escape their feelings. Addicts become drunk or high to numb their pain and avoid dealing with any of their painful feelings.

  • 5 Tips to Help Your Alcoholic Parent

    5 Tips to Help Your Alcoholic Parent

    There are more than 17 million adults in the U.S. who are suffering from alcoholism and many of those alcoholics are parents. When children of alcoholic parents reach adulthood they may become concerned for their parents and want them to finally get some help.

  • How Medical Detox Process works to Eliminate Addiction

    How Medical Detox Process works to Eliminate Addiction

    Before an addict enters a rehab treatment program they must first get through detoxification to make sure they have gotten rid of their physical dependency on drugs or alcohol. Detoxification means that addicts become completely abstinent from any drug use and begin to experience withdrawal symptoms.

  • Hit the Reset Button with these 5 Meditation Tips

    Hit the Reset Button with these 5 Meditation Tips

    When daily stress builds up or you feel overwhelmed by life, meditation is a good way to collect yourself and start over with a fresh outlook. Meditation can help clear your mind of racing thoughts, relax your body and is also beneficial for your physical and mental health

  • How Pain Management allows Recovering Addicts cope with Surgery

    How Pain Management allows Recovering Addicts cope with Surgery

    Today's medical community has made untold advantages and progress, so that a safe, easy, and healthy recovery from the pain of surgery is possible like never before. However, many of the pain relievers are extremely addictive and can cause serious problems if taken outside of careful medical supervision.

  • 5 Ways to Handle Your Alcoholic Best Friend

    5 Ways to Handle Your Alcoholic Best Friend

    Few things are more painful to witness then seeing someone you can about deeply struggle with the throws of an addiction. In ways the person is unable to appreciate him or her self, you see how an amazing human being is being squandered and lost under a haze of influence and addiction.

  • How Routines Increase Long-Term Productivity

    How Routines Increase Long-Term Productivity

    Most people have had the experience of seeing their day disappear, of "wasting time," with television or the internet and then wondering where the hours went, before they feel like they've gotten a chance to accomplish their plans. Many people feel like their lives are very busy and would like to accomplish more in their day.

  • Scott Disick Still Dealing With Alcoholism

    Scott Disick Still Dealing With Alcoholism

    The model and reality tv star has been having a very public battle with drugs and alcohol. Scott Disick may be known mostly as Kourtney Kardashian's boyfriend and father of her three children, but the 31 year old is also struggling with an alcohol addiction

  • Utilize Fitness to Increase the Quality of your Recovery

    Utilize Fitness to Increase the Quality of your Recovery

    It is mostly common knowledge that drug or excessive alcohol use can be very harmful to your health, even among users themselves. Premature death or at least heavy damage to liver, heart, and throat among addicts is very common, and often one of the main motivational factors causing people to work on their recovery.

  • 5 Reasons to Set Goals Not Resolutions in 2015

    5 Reasons to Set Goals Not Resolutions in 2015

    As we come upon a new year, many people take advantage of the change in the calendar to revaluate their life and think about what they would like to change. Many people start out the New Year making resolutions, or promises to pick up good habits or stop bad ones, or otherwise make a sweeping change.

  • Is Johnny Depp Entering Rehab?

    Is Johnny Depp Entering Rehab?

    The actor's recent appearance at the Hollywood Film Awards has aroused concern among fans and peers about his alcohol use. Depp took the stage at the awards show in November to introduce the Mike Myers documentary, Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon, which won an award. Depp appeared to be intoxicated.

  • Bradley Cooper Refuses to Break Sobriety for American Sniper Role

    Bradley Cooper Refuses to Break Sobriety for American Sniper Role

    The Oscar nominated actor has been candid about his long journey to sobriety and the many struggles that brought him there. Recently, Cooper opened up in an interview with Vanity Fair about the unique challenge he faced while filming the Clint Eastwood film American Sniper.

  • Skip Bayless Jumping the Gun by Calling Manziel an Alcoholic?

    Skip Bayless Jumping the Gun by Calling Manziel an Alcoholic?

    Co host of ESPN's "First Take" and sports writer Skip Bayless has aroused controversy once again by calling Texas quarterback Johnny Manziel an alcoholic on the show last week. Many viewers were outraged by the comments, saying they were uncalled for.

  • Sober Buddy Apps Emerges with the Best of Intentions

    Sober Buddy Apps Emerges with the Best of Intentions

    The number of people in the U.S. who are battling alcoholism has gone down in recent decades, but there are still 17 million Americans currently dealing with an alcohol addiction. That's still a staggering number. The good news is that if you're one of those who struggle with alcohol, you can find some hope in knowing that you're not alone.

  • Why Heroin Addiction is Much More Common in Adolescents

    Why Heroin Addiction is Much More Common in Adolescents

    Heroin addiction can be a devastating problem and the scourge of heroin abuse has been growing especially among teens and adolescents in the U.S. With the rise in availability of cheap heroin on the streets, more young people are exposed to the drug and have a greater risk of becoming addicted.

  • The Relevance of Secondary Addictions to those in Recovery

    The Relevance of Secondary Addictions to those in Recovery

    People who suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol may be addicted to more than just the substance itself. Substance abusers usually have addictive personalities and this can lead to them becoming addicted to activities surrounding their drug use or replacing their primary addiction with another.

  • App for Smart Phone Can Tell How Meds Affect Methadone Maintenance

    App for Smart Phone Can Tell How Meds Affect Methadone Maintenance

    Using methadone as a way to ease out of opiate addiction can be a successful tool for addicts but they must be especially cautious throughout their methadone program. Addicts using methadone need to be careful and always conscious of the risk of other medications interacting with their dosage and causing problems.

  • ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ Movie Draws on Global Movement for Inspiration

    ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ Movie Draws on Global Movement for Inspiration

    A new film starring Emmy award winning actress Kat Dennings will follow the true story of a young woman coping with depression and drug addiction. The movie is based on the life of a girl named Renee Yohe who’s struggles to recover from addiction became the inspiration for the global movement known as “To Write Love on Her Arms”.

  • Illinois Senator Kirk Takes Action to Stop Heroin Overdose

    Illinois Senator Kirk Takes Action to Stop Heroin Overdose

    Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois and others are hoping to help reduce the number of heroin overdose deaths by pushing the FDA to approve a drug called Naloxone or more commonly, Narcan. Narcan is the nasal form of Naloxone which can be used by first responders to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

Recover Now TV is a free hotline that provides referrals to drug and alcohol treatment centers throughout the United States. Our staff provides 24 hour assistance, seven days a week. We are willing to work with you to get the most out of your insurance for treatment purposes. We also provide referrals for dual diagnosis facilities, interventions, detoxes, and aftercare programs. Call us at 800-281-4731 for assistance.

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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