Cocaine Addiction Treatment

March 10, 2007 by  
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By Ross Bainbridge

Cocaine, as a stimulant, mimics the action of chemicals the brain produces to send messages of pleasure to the brain’s reward center. Like adrenaline, cocaine increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. When the stimulation goes too high, it can also produce feelings of panic, paranoia, hallucinations, and rage that can even progress to potentially fatal seizures and strokes.

Treatments for cocaine addiction vary, based on a lot of factors including the severity and length of the symptoms, the amount of damage done from the cocaine use, and the rate of recovery. The most common symptoms of addiction usually noted are drug cravings, irritability, loss of energy, depression, fearfulness, wanting to sleep a lot or difficulty in sleeping, shaking, nausea and palpitations, sweating, hyperventilation, and increased appetite. These symptoms can commonly last several weeks — even after one stops using cocaine.

Medications to treat cocaine addiction are not yet available, although researchers are working continuously to identify and test new options. The most promising experimental medication existing seems to be Selegiline, which still needs an appropriate method of administration. Disulfiram, a medication that has been used to treat alcoholism, has proven to be somewhat effective in treating cocaine abuse in clinical trials. Antidepressants are predominantly prescribed to deal with the mood changes that usually come with cocaine withdrawal. Treatments are being developed to deal with cocaine overdose.

Treatments such as cognitive-behavioral coping skills are effective in dealing with cocaine addiction, but they are just a short-term approach that focuses on the learning processes. Behavioral treatment attempts to help patients recognize, avoid, and cope with situations that can lead them to use cocaine again.

Staffed by caring, compassionate physicians, nurses, and counselors, treatment programs recognize the intensity of addiction. Based on that, treatment programs provide heavily researched medical treatment techniques, choosing the best for the patient from all of the treatment modalities available.

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2 Responses to “Cocaine Addiction Treatment”
  1. Well, despite your reasons .. we’re all glad you recognized your addiction and took action. Thanks for commenting and sharing your poem! Take care.

  2. Death By Meth

    today I have met my match
    piece by piece I was broken down
    now I am tormented by failure and wrath
    and my will power is no where to be found

    the wounds have forever scarred my soul
    with the bitter taste of death
    because everything I cherished most
    fell victim to my addiction to meth

    in complete ignorance I made the awful choice
    to smoke that demonic pipe regardless of the voice

    that so strongly told me not too
    but I thought I had the power to overcome
    realize once this drug has got you
    a slave to misery is what you become

    i write every word in agony
    i am scared to sleep or rest
    because then I must face reality
    i chose death by doing meth

    family has become memories
    just pictures of my past
    i am now my worst enemy
    my reflection is broken glass

    clouds shadow my every breath of life
    i cannot find the words to describe
    the aches and pains I endure inside
    and all I can say is why

    oh, how sad it really is
    to watch a Godly man be destroyed
    Lord have mercy on my kids
    three beautiful girls and a handsome boy

    to all that I love I leave you with this
    please forgive me for my weakness
    that real love I will always miss
    I give you these words with a hug and a kiss

    By: Kerry Dale Hancock Jr

    I don’t think I will ever forget the very night I wrote this poem. It was my fourth or fifth day being up without sleep. This was not out of the ordinary for me now it was my routine. Stay up for endless days then sleep then start over. Like other nights this was going to be the night I took my life and ended the horror I created. Right before I wrote this I was in a room with two other people and I was looking at before and after pictures on the Internet of people that have been on meth for awhile. I remember sitting in the chair in front of the computer crouched over the desk with a meth pipe in my hand taking hits. The other two people I was with wanted to inject meth from a needle so I left the room and sat in the next room. It was then on the recliner next to the front door that I wrote this poem and reflected on the demon called meth.

    Every word in this poem had so much emotion behind it. I will explain a couple lines that some may not get at first. When I say “my reflection is broken glass” I am referring to another name for meth. Meth holds many names such as speed, glass, go fast and there is more. So what I am really saying is I have become meth. The next line is “clouds shadow my every breath of life.” When you smoke meth it is called blowing clouds and when you are addicted to meth then all you do is snort, smoke, inject or eat meth. Sad but true. What this really means is all I do is smoke meth which means I was addicted.

    I could write so much more but this is what I want you to know. If you are addicted to meth or know someone who is then never give up hope and I will tell you why. If you will just find a reason or help that person find a reason then the fight against addiction has started. Here is the trick to making it really easy to do. If you make Jesus Christ your reason one day at a time then I promise it will be a piece of cake. Do not think about being clean and drug free for a year or two or three. Only think about today if you want to make it anywhere. Let God give you His strength each day if you want guaranteed results. If you do it your way you may get somewhere but you will end up nowhere. Become an addict for Jesus so that when you do stumble you will just start over and get back on track doing what you were doing right just like the addict for meth will start their routine over and over.

    Lord Jesus thank you for loving us all enough to deliver us from this demon called meth. Give us the wisdom and knowledge to surrender all and allow you to put us in peace and fulfilment in Christ. Lord I ask that you will give us mercy and grace against meth and all its evil doings. I know it is destroying men, woman, children and families across the world. May this distraction be cast aside so that our eyes will focus only on You Lord in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN.

    Glory to GOD,

    Kerry Dale Hancock Jr
    messenger in CHRIST

    Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

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