When cocaine addiction is the problem, where do you go for help? If you go to a medical-oriented drug rehab, they might try out some Topiramate on you. That's a prescription drug that is being tried out for cocaine addiction. The only problem is that it makes cocaine withdrawal symptoms worse. Perhaps not the best plan. Or your doctor may want you to take aripiprazole to combat your cocaine addiction. Be sure you check the side effects of this drug before starting this course of treatment: diabetes, rapid weight gain, suicidal thoughts and high blood pressure. Take that option off the list too.
- Ref: http://archives.drugabuse.gov/NIDA_Notes/NNVol19N6/Topiramate.html
- Ref: Aripiprazole side effects
Getting Real Help for Cocaine Addiction
Real recovery from cocaine addiction is found at a Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Real recovery means saving a person from the very real threat of heart damage that can result in emergency room visits or even death. It means saving a person from the threat of arrest or loss of career, family and future.
A person who needs cocaine help needs to know that they can come off the drug, alleviate the cravings and learn how to keep themselves out of a situation where they will want to use cocaine in the future. Effective help for cocaine addiction starts the day you walk into the front doors of a Narconon center. Every addicted person is immediately given nutritional support that begins to alleviate symptoms that seem like they are withdrawal, but may just be coming from the depleted nutritional condition of most addicts. The destructive lifestyle of most addicts extends beyond the drugs they are taking, to poor diets, little rest, high stress and of course the drug use that burns up vital nutrients in the body.
Every new arrival looking for cocaine help also begins to work with the Narconon staff to come out of the dazed condition commonly caused by drug abuse. Gentle orientation exercises, physical assists which are processes that help calm the body's reaction to drug withdrawal, escorted walks around the countryside - all these actions help the recovering cocaine addict realize that he or she has found a cocaine addiction recovery program that really works.
Why Would People Give Drugs to Treat Drug Addiction?
The pharmaceutical industry is working hard to develop a drug that they say will "help" a cocaine addict as there are 1.6 million people using cocaine each year. And there are always new prospects for this treatment: Approximately 617,000 people started using powder cocaine in 2009 and another 337,000 people initiated crack cocaine use.
- Ref: SAMHSA
The only worthwhile solution to cocaine addiction is an addiction treatment program that replaces cravings with sobriety, replaces a destructive lifestyle with a productive, enjoyable life. This can be accomplished without drugs, while building up the health of the recovering addict, at any of the Narconon drug rehabilitation centers around the world.
For Those Who Say Cocaine is Not All that Addictive...
Often-quoted studies from the 1960s and 1970s assessed the addictiveness of cocaine on lab monkeys. Since it would be cruel to intentionally addict a human and then watch the lengths he would go to get more cocaine, lab monkeys were addicted to cocaine and then taught to push down a bar to get more of the drug. Monkeys would push the bar down and access unlimited cocaine supplies until it was convulsing or exhausted. One monkey, in a desperate bid to get more of the drug, pushed the bar down 12,800 times before it got its fix.
Polydrug Use - Mixing Cocaine with Other Drugs - Adds Additional Dangers
As if cocaine were not bad enough by itself, a growing trend in the US is use of multiple drugs simultaneously. Cocaine is often mixed with alcohol, or combined with benzodiazepines such as Valium or Ativan. Young people are frequently mixing cocaine, alcohol and marijuana together.
Combining drugs can create a synergistic effect between the drugs, increasing some effect considered desirable. Or it may allay some undesirable effect of a primary drug, such as the crash after taking a stimulant. But some combinations also increase toxicity, for example, cocaine and alcohol together increase the toxic load on the heart above what the drugs would achieve without that interaction. The second or third drug may alleviate some side effect of the primary drug taken, as well.
Cocaine may also be used in conjunction with benzodiazepines which are used as sedatives or sleep aids. Drugs such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax fit in this category. Other people will use cocaine as an upper and heroin as a downer.
- Ref: Cocaine Abuse Article on EmedicineHealth.com
One of the greatest dangers of polydrug use is in the case of adverse reaction or overdose. Unless someone knows what drugs were mixed and can tell the staff in the emergency room, doctors have a dangerous puzzle to figure out and often, very little time in which to figure it out.
The Only Solution is Sobriety
If you are trying to help a loved one who needs cocaine help, go no further. In Narconon you have found a healthy, holistic cocaine recovery program that can enable your loved one to look forward to a stable, drug-free future. When people come to Narconon for cocaine help, seven out of ten graduates stay clean and sober after they return home. Call today to find out how Narconon can help in your situation.