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Cocaine Addiction

"is a strong central nervous system stimulant"

Addiction is a nasty word that many people find very difficult to confront. Usually it is because they are addicted or they know or suspect a loved one of being caught in the trap of addiction. It is not always easy to confront things like addiction.

With some people, addiction might take the form of "they have to have their fix now" while others have an urgency to get out and meet with their friends because they're going to get high together. Whichever form of addiction it is, the social addiction or the craving for the drug addiction, it is something that needs to be addressed and resolved with urgency.

Why is cocaine addiction so serious? To give it to you straight, it is a powerfully addictive drug and it can kill! Cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that interferes with the reabsorption process of dopamine, a chemical messenger associated with pleasure and movement. The buildup of dopamine causes continuous stimulation of receiving neurons, which is associated with the euphoria commonly reported by cocaine abusers.


Cocaine AddictionCocaine addiction cannot be ignored or neglected. Regardless of how cocaine is used or how frequently, a user can experience acute cardiovascular emergencies, such as a heart attack or stroke, which could result in sudden death. Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizure followed by respiratory arrest.

It is not a drug to be ignored, even if the addict is only using it socially. You never know if you're going to become addicted to it or not. Using cocaine takes many forms, including injecting, snorting or smoking. Smoking and snorting are far the most dangerous ways of using it but that does make any other way of using any less serious.  Crack (smoking) has become a major problem in many American cities because it is inexpensive and easily transportable. It is sold in small vials, folding paper, or tinfoil.

Resolving cocaine addiction speedily is of paramount importance if one is to rescue a loved one from its grips and the potential consequences. There are so many solutions out there though so what must you do to find the right answers?

First of all, do not ever allow anyone to give your loved one drugs (meds) to handle the cocaine addiction. Using further drugs to resolve a drug issue is an absolute waste of time and, in fact, is counterproductive because you'll end up with additional dependencies.

The second thing is not to allow anyone to "evaluate" about the reason he got addicted in the first place. This includes even family members. No-one but the addict himself knows the reasons for his addiction, be it the desire to fit in with the crowd or be it an inability to handle a family difficulty.

Full cocaine addiction treatment is not merely just getting the person off the cocaine physically, it includes the person himself finding out for himself why he got addicted in the first place and, using the correct educational tools, to work out what the difficulties were and how to resolve them so that he can get back into the life-stream again and become a valuable member of society and achieve his personal goals.


Cocaine Addiction Forms and Risks

If you even suspect a loved one of cocaine addiction, it is better to take action and find out you were mistaken than not take action and find out they are addicted. The consequences can be very serious.

So, how do you tell if a loved one is in the throes of cocaine addiction? There are many different ways of taking cocaine so the obvious symptoms differ. It can be snorted, ingested, smoked or injected.

Snorting cocaine (also known as freebasing), for example, can lead to the loss of the sense of smell, nosebleeds, problems with swallowing, hoarseness and a chronically running nose. A sure sign is someone who is constantly sniffing. Snorting is a highly dangerous way of using it as the cocaine reaches the brain within seconds, resulting in an intense high but the euphoria quickly disappears, making the addict increase his use.

Smoking cocaine is probably the worst cocaine addiction there is and is considered to be the most addictive. Signs of use, however, are not that evident other than increased jumpiness, irritability or even paranoia.

Ingesting cocaine can cause severe bowel gangrene due to reduced blood flow. This is more difficult to tell but if a loved one suddenly starts having bowel movement problems, abdominal pain and nausea, consider cocaine addiction as a possibility.

Those who inject cocaine can experience severe allergic reactions and, as with all drug users who inject themselves, they are at risk of contracting HIV and other blood-borne diseases. This is easier to detect than those ingesting it as there will probably be visible needle marks.

Cocaine addiction leads to disturbances in the heart rhythm and can lead to heart attacks, chest pains and respiratory failure, strokes, seizures, headaches and gastrointestinal complications such as abdominal pain and nausea. Cocaine, having a tendency to decrease appetite, chronic users can become malnourished, which compounds the problem.

Binging on cocaine can lead to increased irritability, restlessness and paranoia. Paranoia is a sure sign that the user is smoking or snorting. Cocaine addiction can even lead to full-blown paranoid psychosis. Whatever you do, don't let be put on anti-psychotics because you will be switching them from a cocaine addiction to an anti-psychotic addiction plus the possibility of reversion to the cocaine as well.

Dealing with cocaine addiction is rather simple if you know what to do about it. The first thing is to get them onto a program that does not give them further drugs and can help them through withdrawal in the most effective and comfortable way using the correct vitamins and minerals that their already depleted body needs. There is a very specific method for handling cocaine addiction withdrawal that does not make them feel awful.

Once they are through the withdrawal, a good program would consist of getting the drug residuals out of their body in the safest and most effective way.While they still have the drug residues in the body, they cannot think clearly and have low energy levels, making it impossible to grasp and understand the data they will need in the education part of the program.

Only after they have gotten rid of the drug residues in their body on the detoxification step of the program are they ready to continue with the rest of the cocaine addiction rehabilitation program.

The key things to look for in any cocaine addiction rehabilitation program is

1) comfortable, non-drug withdrawal

2) a full detoxification program that rids their body of all the drug and toxic residues

3) an educational aspect with the person being able to establish for himself why he became addicted in the first place and then working on the solution he has figured out from the education steps.

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