Drug Facts:

Cocaine - Popular Party Drug

Cocaine has been around for many years, and its abuse in America started to accelerate drastically during the 1980's. In Europe, a little farther from the South American drug manufacturers, it took a bit longer to intensify but usage rates are high in Europe as well, where 25 percent of the world's drug supply is currently consumed.

In 1986, when the basketball star Len Bias died of a cocaine-induced stroke, people started to become aware of the extreme effects that cocaine could cause to one's heart and circulatory system.

However, despite the dangers, the image cocaine has as a party drug hasn't subsided. Often one hears of Hollywood stars and others who are arrested and sent to rehab for cocaine abuse, but despite awareness of this pattern one can easily become addicted to cocaine.

Cocaine Addiction Help

The reason for this is that cocaine itself causes cravings for more of the drug. It is a fast-acting and short-lived high, which demands that the user continue to take more hits to stay high. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Drug and Human Performance Fact sheet, it states that the "faster the absorption the more intense and rapid the high, but the shorter the duration of action." Depending on the method of introducing the drug, the effect can vary from 5 minutes to 1 or 2 hours, but it usually wears off within 30 minutes or less.

Withdrawing from cocaine use can produce some severe withdrawal symptoms that may include alternating low and high drug cravings, low to high anxiety, paranoia, dysphoria, depression, apathy and irritability.

Any drug withdrawal and drug rehab program must allow for these factors and arrange to support the person and help them to securely get through this phase.

The Narconon drug rehabilitation program, in six continents and at more than 50 centers around the world, provides a drug-free and holistic approach to rehab that gives those who are addicted to cocaine a very good chance at long-lasting sobriety.

Narconon counselors are well trained to help the recovering addict withdraw safely from the drug, whether it is cocaine or other drugs or alcohol. The program provides for both a complete physical rehabilitation as well as giving the person a chance to examine the reasons he resorted to drugs as a solution in the first place.

He will first undergo a full physical exam, then he is given nutritional support and one-on-one supervision by a trained Narconon staff member to ease withdraw and make it tolerable. Then, he will experience the unique and effective Narconon New Life Detoxification program, consisting of nutritional supplementation, and moderate exercise as well as daily time in a dry-heat sauna.

This comprehensive, strict regimen helps the body to rid itself of the toxic residues that drugs leave behind. Most of these are found in the fatty tissues of the body, and when all of the factors of this drug detoxification program are applied, the body can flush out these residues. The result of this is that one is able to see the world more clearly, unimpaired by the foggy thinking of drugs, and the world looks brighter and clearer to the person. Most also report that the drug cravings they'd experienced are diminished or even gone altogether following this step.

However, rehab from cocaine is not complete unless the person can learn how to live his life without resorting to the drug in any circumstances as a crutch. Narconon treatment includes training in the life skills one will need to keep sober and drug-free after his rehab program is complete.

If you know and care about someone who is addicted to cocaine, call Narconon for effective help. You can get all the information you need to understand how this unique program works. Seven of ten Narconon graduates are still drug-free and sober at least two years after program completion without even having to attend some sort of Narconon meetings.


Resources:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/job185drugs/cocain.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17551070

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocaine#Illicit_trade

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/infofacts/nationwide-trends





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