When one is addicted to drugs, he doesn't see what he is doing to himself. The drug addict is really only concerned with getting more drugs and he may steal, lie or cheat in order to get them. He might even know the drugs are bad for him but since he is addicted, he cannot simply stop using. This is one of the definitions of addiction.
In the case of cocaine addicts, their motivation to do work or to conduct "normal business" is severely impaired as the drug is so highly desired that the craving takes over the individual's control. Now the motivation is just "how can I get more coke?" As many cocaine addicts do the drug daily, this can become a very expensive habit to support.
Some Facts about Cocaine
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant to the central nervous system that can be snorted, injected, or smoked. Crack is the cocaine hydrochloride powder processed to form a rock crystal that is then usually smoked.
Cocaine is the most abused major stimulant drug in America. It is often involved in visits to the emergency room. It is not a new drug of abuse but is sometimes referred to as the "caviar" of recreational drugs. According to the 2011 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 1.4 million Americans used cocaine in the month prior to the survey.
Also notable is the drop in cocaine use in teens since 2009 and the fact that men use the drug more often than women. The good news is that the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that overall use of cocaine fell from 0.7 percent in 2008 to 0.6 percent of the population in 2010, extending a favorable trend that began in 2006-2007. Likewise, the Monitoring the Future study of adolescent drug use showed an all-time low of 2.9% of high school seniors using cocaine in 2011.
However, there is a new trend in drug abuse in the United States toward multiple or polydrug abuse, and cocaine is included in this trend. Cocaine is often used in combination with alcohol, sedatives such as diazepam (Valium) or lorazepam (Ativan), or with heroin as an upper/downer combination. The second drugs are often used to moderate the side effects of the cocaine.
Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
The cocaine addict will exhibit several of a number of possible symptoms, including a tolerance for the drug (the need to use more cocaine to feel the desired effect), withdrawal symptoms when the effects of the drug wear off, using more cocaine over time, and trouble abstaining from use of cocaine.
Narconon Offers Effective Solution for Coke Addicts
As with any addictive drug, it takes effective rehab to get off and stay off the drug. Fortunately, effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation is available at fifty Narconon drug and alcohol rehab program centers around the world. This program is a drug-free, long-term, comprehensive, eight-step program that results in long-lasting sobriety for more than seventy percent of its graduates worldwide.
Jorden F. was one of the people who made the fortunate decision to seek help at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma. In describing his life before he went to Narconon, Jorden said he was "really messed up." He was doing drugs daily and said he was snorting cocaine frequently. Due to his cocaine addiction, he began to steal money and miss work.
Jorden said the turning point for him during the Narconon program was doing the sauna detoxification program. During the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, he noticed that his body was clean and free of drugs. He said after completing that portion of the program all of his cravings for more drugs were gone, and he did not want to go back to using again.
After completing the whole Narconon program, Jorden said, "The way I look at life, I don't even feel like the same person. It is unbelievable. I can wake up every morning and I am awake and I'm HERE. As for my future, I am really excited about everything."
The future for a cocaine addict does not have to be filled with endless addiction. One can get free of his or her addiction with the help available at Narconon. Find out more about the Narconon program. Call a rehab specialist today.
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Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2012). Monitoring the Future national results on adolescent drug use: Overview of key findings, 2011. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.
2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.