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About Cocaine

Cocaine UseWhile cocaine abuse is not as widespread as it once was in the 70’s and 80’s, the use of this drug is still an issue with drug rehab programs across the United States. Cocaine continues to rank among one of the top drugs clients enrolling in treatment are addicted to. As recently as 2008, cocaine addiction ranked 5th for smoked cocaine (crack) and 8th for powdered cocaine. As more and more research on cocaine addiction takes place, we learn more about where and how cocaine acts in the brain; including how the drug produces its pleasurable effects and why it is so addictive.

Using state of the art technology, scientists are now able to see the dynamic changes that occur in the brain as an individual takes cocaine. They can observe the different brain changes that happen as a person experiences the rush, the high, and finally the craving for this addictive drug. They can also identify parts of the brain that become active when a cocaine addict sees or hears environmental stimuli that trigger the craving for the drug. A goal of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) is to interpret what scientists learn from their cocaine addiction research. The hope is that by doing so they will be able to help the public better understand cocaine abuse and addiction and develop more effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of addiction.

Cocaine AbuseCocaine is generally sold on the street as a fine, white, crystalline powder known as: Coke, Big C, Snow, Flake, C-dust, Yay, Yayo and Blow just to list a few of the more common terms. A few of the more frequent terms used when using and/or possessing cocaine include: Holding, Amped, Line, Rail and Geeked Up. Cocaine is processed from the South American Coca Plant. Street dealers often dilute their cocaine supply to make it go further when selling it on the street. They may add inert substances such as cornstarch, talcum powder or sugar. Or, they may choose to add active drugs like procaine (a chemically-related local anesthetic) or other stimulants like amphetamines.

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Offelia’s Son Overcame His Cocaine Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start

Cocaine, more than any other drug of abuse has direct and immediate access to the brain’s pleasure center. It causes disruption in the delicate chemistry that regulates mood, pleasure and a person’s survival drive. This drug is a potent and dangerous Central Nervous System stimulant. It works by blocking the reabsorption of dopamine in the brain (a chemical messenger that assists in normal functioning of the Central Nervous System and is associated with pleasure and movement).

In its powdered form cocaine is sniffed or mixed with water and injected. Another form of the drug has become popular as well; users are smoking a freebase form of cocaine termed Crack (named for the “crackling” sound produced when the mixture of cocaine and sodium bicarbonate is heated).

Injecting CocaineNo matter what method is used to ingest cocaine: injecting, snorting or smoking – the same risks are involved. While all forms of the drug are highly addictive, it has been speculated that the onset of addiction to cocaine may be much more rapid in the smoked form (Crack). When a person uses cocaine they will experience dilated pupils, increased body temperature, constricted blood vessels, increased heart rate and blood pressure. The effects of cocaine that entice the user to take the drug include the euphoria that comes with using cocaine, reduced fatigue, more sociable and a perception of mental clarity. The negative side effects experienced by cocaine users include restlessness, irritability, and anxiety.

When cocaine abuse develops into an addiction problem it can be difficult to give up using the drug. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs have been helping people recover from their cocaine addiction issues for over 45 years and have a very high success rate of long-term continued sobriety for their graduating clients. The Narconon Fresh Start treatment philosophy is unlike other programs where clients are told they are powerless over their addiction, that they have an incurable disease and that they will be addicts for the rest of their lives. The philosophy that Narconon Fresh Start operates under is based on treating addiction to drugs and/or alcohol for what it truly is; a physical and mental problem that can and will be overcome. Their programs help clients physically recover from their addiction while simultaneously addressing the underlying issues that drove them to abuse drugs or alcohol. The methods that their centers use build up the program participant’s self-worth and makes them feel powerful over their addiction problem, not powerless.

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Narconon Fresh Start LogoAs a drug-free, long-term, residential drug rehab program Narconon Fresh Start centers provide their clients with the most effective rehabilitation technology and offer a written guarantee of success for their graduating clients. Their program uses no form of drug replacement therapy or drug substitution therapy to help their clients get off drugs and remain sober once they complete treatment. The purpose of going to drug rehab is to stop using drugs; to use a replacement medication to aid in the process leaves the addict dependent and controlled by yet another substance. The program is long-term, running on average 3 to 4 months to complete. This length of time allows the recovering individual to fully withdraw and detox, learn the program information, put into practice by using the new skills they have acquired and develop a plan for their future when treatment is complete. With thousands of graduates and decades of successful rehabilitation results, Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers will be able to help even the most severe and long-term cocaine addicts find lasting sobriety.

Physical Cravings for Drugs and/or Alcohol

A person who uses drugs or alcohol day in and day out for an extended period of time almost always develops an addiction to the substance. Their body and mind become conditioned to having the substance present and when it isn’t there their body and mind go into withdrawal. Most people, including drug rehab centers believe that when the individual’s “active withdrawal” symptoms are through (flu like symptoms, anxiety, sleep issues, mood swings, etc.) the person is “detoxed”. This couldn’t be further from the truth. From the moment the individual stops using they will likely have 60 to 90 days of drug or alcohol using thoughts, urges, cravings, dreams and compulsions. The good news is that with time, the person’s mind and body will return to that of a drug-free individual. However, many people in recovery or who have recently completed rehab have a difficult time getting to the 60 or 90 day point without giving into their cravings.

There is a second part to a person’s physical cravings for drugs and/or alcohol that stems from the damage their organs have been through. The damaged organs of the addicted person are unable to breakdown and process the substances effectively and end up depositing the impurities and toxins from the drugs and alcohol into their liver and kidneys. Most people are familiar with the damage alcoholism does to a person’s liver (cirrhosis of the liver) yet, they overlook the fact that the liver and other organs have stopped functioning normally long before cirrhosis sets in. This goes for the damage other drugs cause the user’s liver, kidneys and vital organs. Drugs such as Crystal Meth, Opiates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Crack, Pain Killers, Marijuana, Sedatives, Tranquilizers and Hallucinogens are also toxic and cause liver and kidney damage.

Narconon Fresh Start and their network of drug rehab programs address their client’s physical cravings for drugs and alcohol through the New Life Detoxification Program. This body cleansing and purification program has helped countless recovering addicts as well as rescue workers including firefighters, paramedics, police officers and sanitation workers who were working to save lives on September 11, 2001. The New Life Detoxification Program flushes out drug metabolites (and other harmful toxins) from the participant’s fatty tissue. If left behind, the remaining drug metabolites can cause drug cravings, depression and a host of other physical and emotional stressors when they become dislodged and are released into the person’s blood stream. This process is a cornerstone of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program and is considered to be the key factor in our clients having such a low relapse rate. The Narconon Fresh Start program has a very high success rate of total and lasting rehabilitation. The program has been helping clients get off drugs or alcohol and regain their lives for over 45 years.

“When I started the New Life Detoxification Program my body and my mind was so cluttered from thirty-five years of drug use and exposure to numerous toxins. The whole experience has been something I’ll never forget. I feel so much better; it’s hard to put it into words! I’ve haven’t felt this healthy in a long time. I realize this is just the beginning of the drug-free life I’ve only dreamed of.”
G. A.

“I’m happy to complete the New Life Detoxification Program. It feels like I have a new clean body and mind. I’ve rid my body of all the damaging drugs I have put in it and that leaves me feeling like a new person.”
E. B.

“The sauna part (New Life Detoxification Program) of this program (Narconon Fresh Start) is all it’s supposed to be. I have cleared all the toxins from my body. I thought it was hot in the box; however, I learned to mentally block out the heat and focus on my thoughts. I have also learned to work and function on a schedule. The sauna supervisor was a good friend and did a great job, I had a good time.”
D. R.

When Addiction Takes Over

For some, addiction to dangerous drugs like crack cocaine and meth begins as simply as trying it at a party or being offered the drug by a friend. The user thinks that they can just “try” these highly addictive drugs and it will just be a weekend thing or a once in a while thing that they do. In a million years they would have never realized the dark road their choice will take them down. No drug user thinks that it is going to be them who ends up living on the streets, stealing from others and having their life forever altered by their drug use. The sad truth is that it is nearly impossible to stop an addiction to crack cocaine or methamphetamine with sheer willpower alone. An addict may be able to stay clean for a period of time but without the life training and skills they learn while in treatment they will inevitably return to their drug use.

Getting off Crack Cocaine at Narconon Fresh Start

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Sunshine Summit Lodge is a drug rehab program that has shown numerous addicts the way out of a lifetime filled with addiction. Their program is designed to get their clients off drugs, rehabilitate their bodies and educate them on the necessary life skills to live a sober and productive life. Over three-quarters of their graduates remain drug free after completing treatment, a success rate far above average in the field of addiction recovery. Sunshine Summit Lodge can help you or your loved one get off crack cocaine or meth when sheer willpower and determination just aren’t enough.