Cocaine is a powerful, stimulant drug substance derived from the South American coca plant. Despite the fact that cocaine comes from a natural (rather than man-made) source, it is known as one of the most potent and addictive drug substances currently in existence, with roughly one and a half million cocaine users across the United States in 2013, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Cocaine users take this drug in order to experience an intense rush of energy and euphoria which allows them to stay awake longer and feel like they can get more done. Unfortunately, this is what drives the individual to continue taking cocaine on a regular basis, which can lead to a series of difficulties for the individual. Continued cocaine use can not only lead to tolerance, where the individual requires more of the drug more often in order to achieve the same desirable effects, but it can also make it difficult for the individual to experience pleasure in any other, natural way, which can drive them into continual, compulsive cocaine abuse and addiction. Additionally, cocaine use can adversely affect the individual’s health, causing significant issues that are sometimes irreversible.
Long-term cocaine use can result in an increased risk of cardiovascular issues, stroke, nasal tissue damage, significant weight loss, tooth decay, kidney damage, lung damage, and more. While an individual who is dependent upon or addicted to cocaine is often focused exclusively on obtaining and using more cocaine, they are sometimes aware that they have a problem that’s adversely affecting their health, relationships, and life, and they wish to put an end to their relationship with cocaine. However, this is often far easier said than done, especially if they feel that the only way to overcome cocaine addiction is to stop using this drug cold turkey and then struggle through withdrawals. In actual fact, full and successful recovery is possible and requires that one knows how to get cocaine out of their system and establish healthy new life patterns and routines.
Successfully Overcoming a Cocaine Addiction
As is the case with other drug substances, cocaine can lodge in the fatty tissue of the body and remain there long after cocaine use has ended. When the individual is physically active this cocaine can be released back into the bloodstream, producing many of the same effects as when it was first ingested. This is often what drives an individual to relapse back into cocaine use once they have started on the path to recovery–the cravings for cocaine caused by residual cocaine substances in the body. Successful recovery, then, depends largely upon one’s ability to fully detox their body, overcoming cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and reducing or eliminating the possibility of residual toxins being reintroduced into the bloodstream in the future.
Most successful cocaine rehabilitation treatment programs involve inpatient treatment, where the individual is removed from their normal life environments and routines and placed in a safe, drug-free environment for the duration of treatment. Following an initial detoxification period, the individual is encouraged to try healthy new activities to replace the activities that led to, condoned or encouraged their prior cocaine habits. Many treatment programs also provide some sort of relapse prevention education that is designed to help the individual spot and resolve relapse triggers.
An individual who has suffered from cocaine addiction for any length of time is not automatically condemned to a future of struggling with or fighting against this addiction. With the right treatment program and support the individual can take their life back and create a healthy, happy future that is free of cocaine and other drug use.