Spotting Cocaine Addiction

Addiction is a nasty word that many people find very difficult to confront. Usually it is because they are addicted or they know or suspect a loved one of being caught in the trap of addiction. It is not always easy to confront things like addiction.

With some people, addiction might take the form of “they have to have their fix now” while others have an urgency to get out and meet with their friends because they’re going to get high together. Whichever form of addiction it is, the social addiction or the craving for the drug addiction, it is something that needs to be addressed and resolved with urgency.

Why is cocaine addiction so serious? To give it to you straight, it is a powerfully addictive drug and it can kill! Cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that interferes with the reabsorption process of dopamine, a chemical messenger associated with pleasure and movement. The buildup of dopamine causes continuous stimulation of receiving neurons, which is associated with the euphoria commonly reported by cocaine abusers.

Cocaine addiction cannot be ignored or neglected. Regardless of how cocaine is used or how frequently, a user can experience acute cardiovascular emergencies, such as a heart attack or stroke, which could result in sudden death. Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizure followed by respiratory arrest.

It is not a drug to be ignored, even if the addict is only using it socially. You never know if you’re going to become addicted to it or not. Using cocaine takes many forms, including injecting, snorting or smoking. Smoking and snorting are far the most dangerous ways of using it but that does make any other way of using any less serious. Crack (smoking) has become a major problem in many American cities because it is inexpensive and easily transportable. It is sold in small vials, folding paper, or tinfoil.

Resolving cocaine addiction speedily is of paramount importance if one is to rescue a loved one from its grips and the potential consequences. There are so many solutions out there though so what must you do to find the right answers?

First of all, do not ever allow anyone to give your loved one drugs (meds) to handle the cocaine addiction. Using further drugs to resolve a drug issue is an absolute waste of time and, in fact, is counterproductive because you’ll end up with additional dependencies.

The second thing is not to allow anyone to “evaluate” about the reason he got addicted in the first place. This includes even family members. No-one but the addict himself knows the reasons for his addiction, be it the desire to fit in with the crowd or be it an inability to handle a family difficulty.

Full cocaine addiction treatment is not merely just getting the person off the cocaine physically, it includes the person himself finding out for himself why he got addicted in the first place and, using the correct educational tools, to work out what the difficulties were and how to resolve them so that he can get back into the life-stream again and become a valuable member of society and achieve his personal goals.

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