Finding New Ways to Cope after Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a strong stimulant drug and is one of the substances discussed most often when presentations on the dangers of drug abuse are given. As cocaine is a completely illegal drug, users do not become hooked on it through a prescription. Rather, they acquire it from illicit sources, either for experimentation purposes or to help them through a tough time.

Reasons for Cocaine Use

Those who embark on the downhill path of cocaine abuse do so for reasons as varied as the personal histories of the users themselves. Some come to it after using less potent “gateway” drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana or amphetamines, in search of a higher and longer-lasting high. Frequently, however, reasons for use are less recreational and more heart wrenching. For those who have exhausting jobs and find themselves depleted of energy on a constant basis, the stimulant cocaine may seem like just the thing they need to stay moving so they can support themselves and anyone under their care. Others feel rejected by conventional society and see their fellow drug users as their only friends. They may never have intended to get addicted to anything as illegal or notoriously risky as cocaine, but pressure to escalate their drug use in order to remain one of the group very often pushes them to make such compromises. Others beyond these cases may feel so crushed by tragedy or stress in their lives that cocaine is all that gets them up every day.

Escalation of Cocaine Use

A fixed dose of cocaine will not produce the same results forever. Addicts will find themselves compelled by their habit to continually raise the amount they ingest in order to achieve the kind of normalcy they have come to depend on. The isolation caused by such heavy drug abuse prevents addicts from reaching out for help, especially if their original associates have made clear their disapproval of those who use drugs. Addicts may feel they have nowhere to turn but to an even greater hit of cocaine.

Treatment of Cocaine Use

For those addicts brave enough to acknowledge their cocaine problem and seek recovery help for it, treatment is available to help them rediscover skills and relationships that can lift them above their circumstances while cocaine will only drag them farther down. Therapy centers utilize personal and group therapy to help patients relearn how to exist in community and share their battles and victories with others. Personal fitness and nutrition training show patients the far-reaching effects of simple self-maintenance. This is something which addicts may not have paid much attention to in the past, but it can raise addicts’ spirits more than they ever imagined possible. Other forms of therapy help draw out repressed memories of past trauma and force patients to face them, a temporarily painful process that builds courage and hope in patients as it frees them from unconscious slavery to their past. If you or someone you know is in need of such services, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today and find out how we can guide you toward total recovery.

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