Cocaine is a powerfully addictive substance
Along with being one of the 6 primary drug threats in the US (DEA 2009), cocaine and cocaine addiction is considered a significant public health threat as well. There are millions of reported cases every year involving deaths or serious illnesses that are cocaine-related. The fact that cocaine is one of the most powerfully addictive substances available on the street today is why there are now so many cocaine addiction treatment programs at the hundreds of drug rehab facilities out there.
How does cocaine affect you?
Cocaine operates by interfering with certain neurotransmitters in the brain which regulates the dopamine levels. When this occurs, the person experiences what is called a “high.” The allure of the high lies in the fact that people have a good feeling about themselves whenever they are using cocaine. Because of the intensity of a cocaine high, the abuser will oftentimes do whatever they need in order to experience these feelings again. This results in increased tolerance and dependency as well as a cocaine addiction treatment program for treatment and recovery.
The warning signs of cocaine addiction
The warning signs of cocaine abuse and addiction are very pronounced. If you or someone you know is experiencing the following, you should consider contacting the Freedom Center for help:
- criminal activity
- dilated pupils
- drop in grade point average
- inability to sleep
- job loss
- nausea and vomiting
- runny nose
Along with a loss of interest in personal relationships the cocaine addict have difficulty concentrating on their jobs. Immediate job loss during the earlier stages of cocaine addiction is a rarity. However, it is not uncommon for the addicted individual to be excessively absent or tardy. Additionally, as cocaine abuse increases, the person’s behavior becomes more erratic which is also a good indicator that there is a problem.
The Narconon Freedom Center is available to help
The Narconon Program has been successfully addressing cocaine addiction for almost 50 years. Its multi-faceted approach helps a cocaine addicted individual to handle the physical impact of the drug, to regain his or her personal integrity, often lost over years of drug abuse, and to learn skills necessary to rebuild a successful, drug-free life.
If you would like more information on our drug addiction program or about the Narconon Freedom Center in general, please give us a call at the toll-free number listed above. We are available to help you around the clock, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.