Cocaine is a highly addictive central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. This chemical is related to the sense of pleasure, encouraging users to take the drug repeatedly. Cocaine is abused for its euphoric effects, but some occupations may drive people to this drug more so than to other substances.
Cocaine addiction can affect anyone, but white collar professionals commonly abuse the drug. These people include doctors, bankers, lawyers and businessmen. Cocaine abuse is common in this population for multiple reasons, including the following:
For many of the same reasons, television and movie stars and musicians struggle with cocaine addictions.
Crack cocaine is made from cocaine powder, water and either ammonia or baking soda. The ingredients are mixed together and boiled until they become solid. With the invention of crack cocaine, the use of cocaine has increased. Crack cocaine is more affordable, more available and has the same effects as powder cocaine. As a result, more lower-class individuals are able to obtain crack. Cocaine addiction is no longer just for the rich, but is now available and affordable for blue-collar workers.
Treatment and recovery options are available for cocaine addiction. Cocaine addiction is a hard habit to break because it is both a physical and psychological addiction. Because of this, most addicts need inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment allows addicts to remove themselves from the stresses of everyday life to focus on recovering from addiction. Many people avoid getting treatment because they cannot afford to lose their jobs. However, many companies are willing to work with employees who struggle with addiction. Not only will your recovery benefit you, but by attaining and maintaining cocaine sobriety, you can offer more to your company.
If your place of employment is unwilling to work with you, you may be able to take time-off under the Family and Medical Leave Act. This allows employees to take unpaid leave for medical reasons. If neither of these options is available to you, consider the value of your job in relation to the value of your life. It may be necessary that you quit your job in order to take care of yourself.
If you are struggling with a cocaine addiction, call our toll-free helpline today where our professional counselors are available 24 hours a day. We can answer questions and find you quality treatment centers that will meet your individual needs. If you are concerned about financing your recovery, we will work with your insurance company to determine if your policy will cover addiction treatment. You are not alone in your fight against cocaine addiction. Call today so that you can have a better tomorrow!