Cocaine: The Deadly White Powder

Cocaine was a drug that was popular in the 80’s. It was a sort of glamorous drug to use at parties, at small social gatherings, or before going out to the clubs. However, more and more research reveals that cocaine is entirely dangerous and incredibly addictive. It is, in fact, one of the most dangerous drugs known to man.

What makes it so dangerous is that once a person begins taking it, it becomes more and more impossible to become free of its grip. A physical and psychological dependence quickly develops. In fact, there was an experiment in the 80’s that seemed to highlighted exactly what cocaine can do. The experiment took a rat and placed it alone in a cage. It then placed two bottles of water from which the rat could drink – plain water and water injected with cocaine. Once the rat tasted the water with cocaine, it continued to go back again and again and again, until it was dead.

This experiment was shown in a television ad sponsored by a Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The ad explained: “Only one drug is so addictive, nine out of ten laboratory rats will use it. And use it. And use it. Until dead. It’s called cocaine. And it can do the same thing to you.” Just like the rat, people will continue to return to cocaine again and again until something stops them. For many people, this is the lack of money to buy more. And for others it’s death.

The intoxication of ingesting cocaine includes feeling very alert, excited, powerful, and happy. Some users of cocaine describe its euphoria as equivalent to orgasm. However, the euphoria of being high on cocaine can also bring feelings of suspicion and paranoia. In fact, after awhile the high might produce anxious feelings, compulsive and repetitive behaviors, and seeing flashes of light or hallucinations.

Cocaine has significant effects on the brain and it is particularly addictive, as already mentioned, more so than any other amphetamine. Use of cocaine stimulates key receptors in the brain that, in turn, create a euphoria that is hard to ignore. Furthermore, users quickly develop a tolerance to the high, therefore, needing more and more cocaine in order to experience the same high they once did. Cocaine releases chemicals in the brain that lead to higher blood pressure, a faster heartbeat, dilation of the pupils, chills, and muscular palpitations. And with high doses, cocaine can cause a cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, or seizure.

Unfortunately, cocaine is a worldwide, multibillion-dollar business that affects people around the globe, regardless of age, economic status, or gender. If you or someone you know is using cocaine, getting professional support is vital. In fact, with cocaine, it will be important to have an extensive amount of help. This may include living at a residential treatment center, working with a therapist/psychologist, working with a doctor, and attending Cocaine Anonymous meetings.

If you’re struggling with an addiction to cocaine and you’re ready to put an end to your substance use, contact a mental health professional today.


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Sober Living Is More Likely for Cocaine Addicts Because of New Treatment

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Sobriety over the long term can be difficult for those who have had an addiction to cocaine. However, a recent study tested the ability of the drug Baclofen to inhibit the activation of the brain and the triggering of strong cravings.

Relapses can be a difficult experience, emotionally and financially, for those who have already gone through the process of detox and sober living treatment. Certainly, there are many contributing factors to relapsing, including both conscious and unconscious triggers. For instance, an addiction can have a strong biological and psychological pull. The slightest trigger and craving for the drug can occur almost without notice. Even if a person has made the decision to end their drinking or drug use, it’s easy for a small stimuli to trigger an intense craving. Stress from work, relationship concerns with spouses, family issues, environmental cues, running into old drinking or drugging friends can create an strong desire to use. Of course, having these kinds of triggers, whether in or out of a sober living treatment facility can lead to chronic relapse and continued substance abuse.

There are some obvious ways to prevent certain triggers, such as avoiding certain people and places that will stimulate memories and cravings. Yet, there are unconscious triggers, such as stress or having a particular conversation, which researchers recently investigated. The Penn Medicine’s Center for Studies of Addiction explored the ability of Baclofen to block the brain’s response to unconscious triggers long before conscious craving occurs.

Typically drug withdrawal for cocaine can include strong cravings, mood changes, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and an increased appetite. One’s mood might move through feeling depressed, anxious, and irritable. In a way, the challenging moods experienced during cocaine detox are a compensation for the euphoria experienced while addicted to the drug. However, the body is attempting to find homeostasis. Along these lines, the body is trying to recover its sources of energy. As a result, it might feel very tired during drug withdrawal treatment. Furthermore, the drug detox process might interrupt a regular sleep schedule. Cocaine detox often causes sleep problems, such as vivid and unpleasant dreams, insomnia, or hypersomnia, the experience of sleeping too much. Lastly, those going through cocaine withdrawal often experience a kind of physical slowing down, little energy, or they might experience feeling physically agitated.

The intense cravings and the many symptoms of cocaine withdrawal led researchers to find a way to make the detox process easier for cocaine addicts. The study explored whether the FDA approved Baclofen could inhibit some of the unconscious triggers that can lead to cocaine relapse. The results revealed that Baclofen could significantly lower the reward and motivational circuits to subliminal cocaine cues. Furthermore, the study showed that the effects of Baclofen on cue-induced brain activation were specific to drug cues and not other cues such for food or sex. In other words, cravings for cocaine can be inhibited through the use of Baclofen which specifically addresses those unconscious triggers in the brain.

The lead researcher of the study commented that the use of Baclofen could be therapeutically beneficial and perhaps support in sober living. The drug provides a mechanism to prevent certain types of cravings thus preventing relapse.

Obviously, when going through a sober living program, it’s important that an individual have the support they need. Detox and early sobriety can be a challenging experience. Certainly, this is the purpose of addiction treatment centers and halfway houses – they can provide a healing and safe environment. With enough support and a safe community, sober living can happen. Cocaine detox is the first step towards sobriety and recovery, which is entirely possible no matter the strength of the addiction.


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The Halfway House Life After Cocaine Rehab

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Cocaine is a stimulant. It’s a powerful drug that causes euphoria, elation, and a feeling that is hard to beat with any other drug. In fact, cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs out there because of the unequaled high that it produces. Continue reading “The Halfway House Life After Cocaine Rehab”