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The Benefits of Cocaine Treatment


Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a stimulant of the central nervous system, appetite suppressant, and a topical anesthetic. Cocaine is a very highly addictive substance that can result in damage to the brain and/or cardiovascular system. Depending on the severity of the addiction, cocaine dependency can cause mood swings, paranoia, insomnia, psychosis, high blood pressure, tachycardia panic attacks, cognitive impairments and drastic changes in personality that can lead to aggressive, compulsive, criminal and/or erratic behaviors. Withdrawal symptoms from cocaine can include a wide range of negative emotions including: anxiety, pain, depression, and craving.

When someone injests cocaine for an extended period it is almost impossible to not become addicted. When a person stoppes using cocaine all of a sudden there is a great chance that they will go through a “crash,” meaning they will likely suffer through intense withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include paranoia, depression, exhaustion, anxiety, itching, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, insomnia, severe cravings and nausea and vomiting. In serious cases of addiction some users have reported symptoms similar to schizophrenia and feel that their minds are lost. These symptoms often occur for weeks and sometimes even months. Cocaine is such a powerful stimulant that even after withdrawal symptoms have subsided, users still feel the need to continue using the drug. Also, 30-40% of cocaine users will often turn to using prescription pills and/or alcohol after they stop using cocaine.

There are many differ approaches that can be taken to treat cocaine addiction. One of the most effective approaches to treat cocaine addiction is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) combined with Motivational Therapy (MT). In addition to therapy there are also cocaine vaccines on trial that can help block the desirable effects of the drug from occuring. Another popular approach to treatment for cocaine addiction can be found in 12 Step Programs such as Cocaine Anonymous (CA) molded after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Although there are no statistics to demonstrate the success of 12 Step Programs CA and AA has been appraised by many of its participants to be helpful in achieving long-term sobriety.

Cocaine addiction is one of the hardest drugs to quit using behind heroin. According to some scientists cocaine addiction may be almost impossible to stop. Among heavy cocaine users, relapse rate has been found to be the highest among all common drugs 94-99%. If you or someone you know has a serious problem with cocaine, a detox facility may be in the best interest of the user. Detox facilities provide a safe and professional approach to coming off of an extended period of using cocaine. After detox is complete the next step may be entering a treatment facility to help get the proper and professional care the individual needs to achieve long-term abstinence from using the drug.

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