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  • How to Best Support Somebody Struggling with Opioid Addiction

    How to Best Support Somebody Struggling with Opioid Addiction

    Being around someone with an addiction to opioid medications can be a painful and intensely draining process. Seeing someone you care deeply about in such suffering and feeling they are wasting their lives poisoning themselves can be a huge struggle, and it may be easy to feel helpless against someone else's addiction.

  • Heroin Addiction Recovery in Zanzibar

    Heroin Addiction Recovery in Zanzibar

    How one man used the 12 step approach to change the way people look at recovery on the island.

    The Muslim island of Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean and is part of the nation of Tanzania.

  • What you need to know about Tapering off Suboxone

    What you need to know about Tapering off Suboxone

    Many people who have struggled with opioid painkiller addiction have experienced help from Soboxone, a medication that combines buprenorphine and naloxone to relieve withdrawal from other opioid medication, reduce cravings, and reduce the unapproved, mood altering and addicting effects of those drugs. However, Suboxone is itself a narcotic drug, that can pose great risk if misued.

  • The Dangers of Detox from Alcohol Addiction

    The Dangers of Detox from Alcohol Addiction

    One of the most important steps in recovering from alcohol addiction is successfully making it through the process of detoxifying from alcohol and clearing all chemical dependency from your system. It is crucial for every person to get through detox before entering rehab so that they are not dealing with physical addiction but rather the mental aspects of being sober.

  • Speaking about Struggles with Addiction can Help

    Speaking about Struggles with Addiction can Help

    Addiction thrives on denial and deception, on anything that clouds the truth about your internal tensions and self-destructive habits. As an addict, you are used to lying to others about what you are doing, and hiding your substance use from others.

  • Is it Possible that Poor Sleep Leads to Alcoholism?

    Is it Possible that Poor Sleep Leads to Alcoholism?

    A recent study regarding sleep difficulties discovered a number of issues that could be associated with poor sleeping habits including binge drinking, driving under the influence and risky sexual behavior. The connection between poor sleep and substance abuse is especially prevalent in the younger population.

  • Successful Pain Management in Recovery

    Successful Pain Management in Recovery

    Methods of pain relief have never been easier, more varied, or more effective than they are today. In the past, many people would have been totally unable to function under severe chronic pain, that is now capable of being managed.

  • Binge Drinking’s Direct Impact on the Immune System

    Binge Drinking’s Direct Impact on the Immune System

    Even though young people may not feel the same health effects that adults do after drinking regularly, the binge drinking habits of adults between ages 18-34 can still significantly impact their well-being. A new study has shown that when young adults engage in binge drinking it can disrupt their immune system.

  • Is AA vs. NA Just a Matter of Preference?

    Is AA vs. NA Just a Matter of Preference?

    The Twelve-step program is both the oldest and among the most well-known programs in the modern recovery moment, and has helped thousands and thousands of people from all over the world work through their addiction and successfully journey towards sobriety. Using a model of peer support groups who work through a program together, it helps addicts seeking recovery recognize their need for help, surrender to a "higher power" (which can be either a form of spirituality, or the communal connections within the group itself), and get the strength to pursue continued healing for themselves and reconciliation to others hurt by the addiction.

  • Mending Relationships in Recovery

    Mending Relationships in Recovery

    Battling an addiction takes its toll on a person's mind, body, and spirit. Fortunately those things can be healed during the recovery process.

  • Explaining Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism

    Explaining Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism

    If you are struggling with alcohol addiction it can be very easy to feel lost, isolated and misunderstood. Our society has many misconceptions about alcoholism, and it may feel that many people simply consider your addiction a character defect, judging you or confused about why you can't simply "control yourself."

  • The Struggles Of Kicking Heroin Addiction

    The Struggles Of Kicking Heroin Addiction

    With 25 to 30 million people in America today battling a drug or alcohol addiction it's hard to believe that recovery can be possible, but it can be done. There's no doubt that beating an addiction is a hard process, one that requires work, motivation, focus, and strength among other things.

  • Coping With The Stress Of Drug Addiction Recovery

    Coping With The Stress Of Drug Addiction Recovery

    Recovery from an addiction is more than just an accomplishment - it's an ongoing process that requires focus and effort in so many ways. Without a continued dedication to doing the work required to stay sober, the risk of a relapse becomes very real.

  • Can being Active Lower your Risk of Alcoholism?

    Can being Active Lower your Risk of Alcoholism?

    Alcoholism has affected and continues to affect countless people, who come to the disease from every background imaginable. No background is immune from the possibility of this deeply debilitating and potentially harmful genetic condition that makes someone especially vulnerable to abusing alcohol seemingly involuntarily, and so it may easy to feel powerless and even hopeless.

  • The Dangers of Self-Medication for Issues of Mental Health

    The Dangers of Self-Medication for Issues of Mental Health

    It's very common for someone to use drugs or alcohol as a way to deal with emotional problems. They may not even be aware that drinking or getting high helps numb or block out the overwhelming feelings they are having until it's too late.

  • What are your Options for Treatment for Alcoholism?

    What are your Options for Treatment for Alcoholism?

    Alcohol addiction is a very intense and all-consuming problem that requires a multi-pronged plan of attack in order to know how to deal with it. A judgmental outsider may think it's easy to simply decide to stop drinking, but the truth is that alcoholism is an all-consuming disease and habit that dramatically affects all areas of your life.

  • Is A Drug Addiction Treatment Ban Responsible for Dying Ukrainians?

    Is A Drug Addiction Treatment Ban Responsible for Dying Ukrainians?

    In January, it was reported that around 100 drug abuse patients in the formerly Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea had died because the substitution treatment they had been undergoing was now illegal under newly placed Russian laws. This is only a small percentage of the estimated 800 drug users in Crimea who were undergoing the treatment.

  • The Mantra of Living One Day at a Time

    The Mantra of Living One Day at a Time

    When you encounter other people struggling with recovery, in a support group, you may often hear the phrase "One Day at a Time." By this they mean, keeping your attention on the present moment.

  • Helping Your Alcoholic Family Members

    Helping Your Alcoholic Family Members

    One of the most painful experiences in life is watching a friend or family member with an alcohol problem. It's not easy to stand by and see someone you love destroy their health, relationships, and career.

  • The Plight of the Late Bloomer in Recovery

    The Plight of the Late Bloomer in Recovery

    Achieving sobriety is all about giving someone a second chance at a healthy, more fulfilling life. That's why it's not uncommon to find many "late bloomers" in recovery.

  • Facing the Fact that You Have a Problem with Alcohol and Drugs

    Facing the Fact that You Have a Problem with Alcohol and Drugs

    The first thing you have to do to address a drug or alcohol problem is admit that you have one. Sounds pretty simple, but it's actually the most difficult part of recovery for many people. If you're quite sure that you have a problem, there are several signs you can look for.

  • What’s the Difference When Identifying as an Addict or Alcoholic?

    What’s the Difference When Identifying as an Addict or Alcoholic?

    People who attend AA meetings may feel that they must identify as both an alcoholic and an addict if they have a problem with drugs as well as alcohol. They could also feel that they have to choose one term or the other since the problems are separated in different meetings through twelve step programs.

  • Staying Connected to the Your Program with Open Communication

    Staying Connected to the Your Program with Open Communication

    One of the foundations and most important aspects of addiction recovery is for addicts to remain honest and open throughout their time in rehab. A program will not be effective for a patient if they are reluctant to engage in open communication with their peers and the therapists and counselors that are there to support them.

  • Acceptance of Addiction and Alcoholism Provides Relief

    Acceptance of Addiction and Alcoholism Provides Relief

    Addiction is a disease that can lead people to experience a powerful sense of denial for many years before they recognize their own problem. People who are alcoholics may think they have their drinking under control or that they can simply cut down or quit at any time.

  • Dealing with the Emotions that Addiction Recovery Brings

    Dealing with the Emotions that Addiction Recovery Brings

    Although it can be cathartic to finally quit an addiction, for most people in recovery there will be plenty of emotional ups and downs especially in the first few months of entering rehab. Addiction recovery is a very difficult but rewarding path for people who have spent years of their lives coping with alcohol or drug dependency.

  • Identifying with others in Recovery can Save Your Life

    Identifying with others in Recovery can Save Your Life

    Recovery from addiction can easily become an overwhelming process. It involves unlearning a habit you have spent many hours unconsciously developing. It is going without the very thing you thought you could not live without.

  • Understanding Why Addiction Attracts Lower Companions

    Understanding Why Addiction Attracts Lower Companions

    Songs, literature, and movies frequently glamorizes drug and alcohol use, often showing the "highs" and "fun" without drawing attention to the hard realities of an addicted life. This leads many people to view a lifestyle of substance abuse and addiction in unrealistic ways, assuming it's the gateway to a fun lifestyle filled with interesting people and exciting adventures.

  • How to Handle an Aggressive Person under the Influence

    How to Handle an Aggressive Person under the Influence

    Drinking and drug use can radically alter a person's behavior and character. Almost everyone occasionally has moments where they feel angry or frustrated at someone else's behavior, but most people are able to vent their anger in relatively helpful ways, by communicating with the person involved, expressing your hurt or disappointment with a supportive friend, or finding outlets to "let off steam."

  • Josh Gordon Responds to Critics Regarding Addiction

    Josh Gordon Responds to Critics Regarding Addiction

    In January, TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley spoke publicly about his concern for NFL player Josh Gordon. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver had failed yet another mandatory drug test and was moving ever closer to a one year suspension.

  • First Canadian National Addiction Recovery Summit Held

    First Canadian National Addiction Recovery Summit Held

    In an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and work toward better treatment options, Ottawa held its first Canadian National Recovery Summit. This meeting organized by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse was a part of a campaign to bring more awareness to people in recovery and give them a chance to feel that they are accepted and understood by society.

  • What Is Going On In The Life Of Kurt Busch?

    What Is Going On In The Life Of Kurt Busch?

    Recent news involving the ongoing drama between NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and ex girlfriend Patricia Driscoll now includes allegations of alcoholism and depression. In December, Driscoll testified in a hearing over an incident of physical abuse by Busch during their 4 year relationship and described him as a man struggling with severe depression who abused alcohol to deal with his problems.

  • Jon Jones Doesn’t Have a Drug Problem

    Jon Jones Doesn’t Have a Drug Problem

    Ultimate Fighting champion Jon Jones recently opened up about his drug use in an interview and discussed his time in rehab and how it impacted his life. Jones has asserted in the past that he never had a drug problem but his recent cocaine use ran him into trouble with the UFC when he was caught through a drug test.

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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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