The Emotional Highs and Lows of Cocaine Abuse
There are specific and understandable reasons that drive people to abuse cocaine over and over again. These have to do with the short-term effects the user considers desirable.
Cocaine use produces a fast euphoria accompanied by a sense of great enjoyment and confidence. A performer may lose his stage fright, a businesswoman may lose her fear of failure and act with more confidence. And of course, cocaine is often considered a party drug. Those partying with cocaine feel more energetic, even when drinking. Large quantities of alcohol won’t make them feel groggy, so by using cocaine with their alcohol, they can party longer. They won’t need food or sleep for quite a while either.
Naturally, these “benefits” won’t last. In fact, with cocaine, they are fairly short-lived. Within a half hour or less, they may be gone, requiring another line to keep the good feeling rolling along.
In the quest to feel this good again, a person will abuse cocaine repeatedly. But many cocaine users state that once they begin to build a tolerance for the drug, the euphoria is never as good again. He or she may begin to “chase” that initial euphoric feeling by using more cocaine each time. Increased dosages of cocaine lead more quickly to addiction and to severe stress on the body that can lead to heart damage, stroke, heart attack or cardiac arrest.
The Lows of Cocaine Abuses
Anyone who has worked with a cocaine addict knows about the flip side of this picture. Strong cravings, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks and erratic behavior can result from chronic cocaine use. A heavy user may also become violent and aggressive, even psychotic. Eventually, acquiring cocaine and using it become the ruling passions of this person’s life, over family, friends, jobs and his own health and personal integrity. That’s the nature of addiction.
These emotional lows can be accompanied by physical damage such as thickened, stiffened heart muscle that can’t efficiently pump blood. Stresses to the vascular system can result in aneurysms in the coronary arteries that can be fatal.
Withdrawal May Be Rough but Leads to Sobriety
It may be hard for a person to face the need for cocaine rehab for a few reasons. They may be certain that they can feel pleasure from nothing but a dose of cocaine. And they may dread the agitated, depressed state they hit when they withdraw from cocaine use. The Narconon drug rehabilitation program provides each person seeking cocaine addiction rehab the hope of a productive, enjoyable life again.
Narconon drug recovery centers offer long-term holistic rehabilitation from cocaine addiction. By addressing the causes that drug abuse started in the first place and by teaching the life skills one needs to stay sober, the Narconon drug rehab program enables individuals to overcome their addiction and pursue a drug-free life.
An essential step in restoring one’s ability to enjoy life is the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This phase of the overall drug rehab program guides each person through a sauna-based detoxification that uses moderate exercise and a strict program of nutritional supplements to flush out old drug toxins. These drug residues lodge in the fatty tissues of the body where they can be involved in the triggering of drug cravings, even years after drug abuse stopped. They can also fog up and slow down thinking. When the toxins are fully flushed out, those finishing this step talk about their brighter outlook, better senses of taste and smell, more energy and reduced – sometimes even eliminated – cravings.
When this step of treatment is complete, a person can now learn how to manage a sober, productive life in the future. They learn how to recover their personal integrity and maintain it in the future.
When someone you care about needs rehab for a cocaine addiction, contact Narconon to find the recovery center nearest you.