Cocaine has the reputation for being the ultimate recreational drug, which includes the myth that cocaine isn't addictive and, therefore, rehab isn't necessary. The promotional marketing of cocaine is quite different from its reality, since it is an addictive drug and those addicted to cocaine have a much better chance of recovering from their addiction if they attend a good drug treatment program that addresses addiction in general and cocaine addiction in particular.
Cocaine use should never be taken lightly or have the seriousness of the results of continued cocaine use be diminished by the idea that it is a "recreational" drug. Cocaine addiction is equally as devastating as being addicted to heroin, alcohol or any other addictive substance.
Certain individuals are drawn to the stimulus effects of cocaine over the depressant response from opiates or alcohol, but the reason for taking the drug isn't much help when one is faced with remedying or solving a cocaine addiction.
There are many in the alcohol and drug rehab profession that subscribe to the idea that addiction to cocaine is the same as being addicted to any other drug. They contend that addiction is a chronic and progressive disease and believe that "once an addict, always an addict". They also believe that the disease of addiction creates a cross-addiction, meaning that a cocaine addict will universally be addicted to alcohol and other drugs when he can't find his "drug of choice", DOC.
There is ample evidence of addicts moving from one drug to another rather than ending their addiction when their DOC isn't available. However, if the motivation to stay high or intoxicated is examined more closely, it will be found that these addicted individuals are so toxic and feel so much pain that they will seek relief from any substance that will help them escape their discomfort.
Rehabilitation programs that are founded on the idea that addiction is a disease that will always be part of the addict's life, whether he is using alcohol and other drugs or not, provide therapies that are geared towards giving the addict tools to support his "clean time" or the periods of abstinence from alcohol and all other drugs. Some of these programs will allow their patients to take psychiatric drugs to medicate their feelings, but most of these "disease model" programs make abstinence a prerequisite of attendance and their goal.
There are inherent problems in subscribing to the idea that addiction is a chronic disease, meaning that it will last a life time, and progressive, meaning that the nature of the disease is to progress, whether one is abstinent from alcohol and other drugs or not. Philosophically, it is problematic to have a universal excuse for one's treatment failures by assigning the fault to the power of the disease.
It is common, in disease model programs, to hear staff with justifications for relapse and treatment failures such as: "It is a disease of relapse", "The disease effects some people more severely than it does others", "It is a disease of codependency", and so forth. In other words, it appears that the idea that addiction is a disease lends itself to having a convenient excuse to rationalize disappointing outcomes. This overriding idea that there is a "disease" (of unknown origin) that can defeat the best clinical approaches, stifles clinical creativity and innovation, while, at the same time, leaving the patients in harms way with an unhandled addiction problem.
Assigning the fault of treatment failures to an unproven idea that addiction is an incurable disease, has hindered the drug rehab field from looking into innovative alternatives to the traditional and predominant 12-step treatment approach. This modality of treatment doesn't routinely produce a successful outcome that can be counted on by addicts or their loved ones and is the cause for many alcoholics and other drug addicts to feel that they will never be as capable or unhindered in life as those who have never been addicted. They naturally feel strapped by the idea that they are vulnerable to relapse because they have a disease that is growing stronger by the day.
In the 1980s, when cocaine was rapidly gaining popularity, the 12-step oriented support groups adopted their steps to be more specifically related to cocaine and there were 12-step support groups called CA, Cocaine Anonymous, meetings. These meeting do not constitute rehab or treatment, but are support groups to help someone live drug-free in spite of the cravings and other emotional problems that constitute an unhandled addiction.
Very few cocaine rehab programs handle the physical and emotional components of a cocaine addiction. One reason that most of these programs are not successful is because they don't address the cocaine residues that stays in the body and causes carvings for the drug for many years. On the physical level, the use of cocaine leaves cocaine metabolites and cocaine molecules in the body, mostly in the dormant fat tissues. The human body has mechanisms that rid the body of any unusual or unwanted chemicals that are in the blood. When a person uses cocaine, whether they are snorting it or injecting it, they are attempting to get as much of the cocaine to the brain where it affects and changes the dopamine levels and causes the stimulant and euphoric effects that are sought after by a cocaine user.
The liver and kidneys will cleanse the blood of these cocaine molecules, but not at the speed at which the body would like to have these cleansed out of the blood. Since cocaine molecules are fat soluble, many of these molecules are "pushed" into the fat tissues of the body in an attempt to keep them out of one's blood and away from the brain. One could say that the body is smarter than the desire of a cocaine user since he continues to find ways to get the drug into the blood, and transported to the brain.
Narconon's New Life Detoxification Program is the only research-based method to effectively release these cocaine molecules and other contaminants from the fatty tissue to be sweated out of the body. The reason for doing the process is based on the fact that these molecules don't effectively stay in the fat tissue, but are released slowly back into the bloodstream which is then transported to the brain and causes the cocaine cravings that are defined by some as being the chronic physical addition seen in those that have had a past history of cocaine abuse. Once the body is free of these residual cocaine molecules, a person often no longer has moments of "unexplained" cocaine cravings. It has been shown that this process of removing the cocaine from the fat tissue increases the I.Q. of the former addict, returning the mental wherewithal to resist cocaine urges that might come from remembering past cocaine euphoric moments. This method of ridding the body of these drug residues leaves the person in a better state of mind to deal with the emotional problems that accompany most cocaine addictions. This process accounts in part for the stellar successes from the Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Program.
- Ref: Narconon Research