Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction relapse can be an even harder thing to deal with than overcoming the addiction the first time. Addicts in recovery are vulnerable to relapse, so it is crucial to know the warning symptoms and to develop strategies to prevent relapse.

Possible Triggers of Cocaine Addiction Relapse

Unhappy man through windowThe first step toward avoiding relapse is to keep a recovering person in a setting very different from the old life and show the positive aspects of that new setting. Attempting to recover in the exact same life patterns or settings can be an immediate trigger toward relapse. It is also important to praise the addict for how far he/she has come on the journey of recovery.

The recovering addict needs support to avoid and cope with the kinds of triggers and feelings that led to cocaine abuse in the first place. These triggers can be depression, isolation, stress at work, broken relationships, feelings of powerlessness, or just lack of control in some areas of life. Avoiding relapse depends very much on providing positive support and counseling.

Warning Signs for Cocaine Relapse

While keeping an optimistic attitude, those close to a recovering cocaine addict need to be wary of the danger of relapse and know these warning signs:

  • If the recovering addict has recurring withdrawal symptoms, relapse has probably occurred.

  • Noticeable changes for the worse in an addict’s moods and behavior. Watch especially for sudden bouts of negativity, defensiveness, depression or anxiety.

  • Loneliness and isolation, because some addicts use cocaine to combat it.

  • Pushing help and loved ones away, even resenting them and their help.

  • Denial of the problem, which likely was a significant part of the addiction. Some will become irrationally defensive.

  • A recovering addict believing he/she is strong enough to use cocaine again and maintain control without falling to addiction.

  • Losing belief in the addiction recovery program.

  • A buildup of old habits, like nostalgia for the drug using days or wanting to reconnect with old drug buddies.

  • Making unrealistic plans in a random manner.

  • Avoiding having fun.

  • Blaming others.

  • Poor eating and sleeping habits.

Warning signs may be different depending on the individual, so stay vigilant and continue offering praise, support and positivity to help an addict avoid cocaine relapse.

Ways to Avoid Cocaine Abuse Relapse

There are some simple steps that can help an addict avoid relapsing:

  • Avoid loneliness.

  • Quality sleep.

  • Eat regularly and properly. Staying balanced mentally depends on this.

  • Do everything possible to have positive mantras and avoid conflict and anger.

  • Attend meetings regularly with other recovering addicts. The support from others who are going through the same process is important for not feeling isolated.

  • Stay in touch with supporters regularly.

Will There Be a New Medication Treatment?

Currently there is no drug that treats cocaine addiction, like Methadone is used for treating heroin addicts. Research is being conducted into a possible new drug to deal with cocaine addiction. It is new research and far from conclusive or accepted yet, but experts are examining a compound that may aid in curbing the behaviors associated with cocaine addiction.

Let us hope the research will bear fruit. Every technique and approach in the fight against cocaine addiction is important.

Remember that professional help and advice is always close at hand. Do everything possible to help you or a loved one break cocaine addiction and avoid relapse.


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Cocaine AddictionCocaine addiction has a number of negative effects on your local economy, personal health and other social issues. However, the effects are not only felt locally, but internationally as well.

The more people use and abuse cocaine, the more profound the ripple effects are to other countries. A little insight into how this drug is produced and supplied will provide some understanding about how it causes problems for people and the natural environment in many places.

Where Does Cocaine Come From?

Cocaine is derived from a plant called coca which is grown in large quantities in countries like Colombia, Peru and read more…

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cocaine addictionCocaine is one of the most popular illegal substances used in the United States. This drug goes by a number of street names including line, snow white, crack, blanka, flake, paradise white, and pearl. It can be ingested a number of ways including smoking, sniffing and injecting.

Cocaine contains powerful, dangerous and addictive substances that quickly enter the human system to produce a number of effects.  The immediate effect is what causes most people to take the drug without thinking of the consequences that will later be inevitable.

It is Dangerous on So Many Levels

While some may brush off the effects, dangers and addictive nature of cocaine, it simply isn’t worth ruining every aspect of your life. People who get caught in a cycle of abuse can expect damaged relationships, health problems, employment troubles, financial woes, social rejection, brushes with the law, temptation to read more…

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dual diagnosisSubstance use and abuse can lead to addiction, which is already hard enough to handle on its own—but what if you are also diagnosed with a mental illness? Coping with both at once can complicate the challenges you may face along the road to rehabilitation and recovery.

A substance abuse problem that is happening at the same time as a mental health issue (such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety) creates a situation called a co-occurring disorder, also known as dual diagnosis.

In such a case, both the mental health problem and the alcohol or drug addiction each have their own particular set of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to function normally in the face of life’s challenges. The situation becomes even more complicated by the fact that the co-occurring read more…

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Cocaine use is one of the most widespread and common paths to drug addiction. Here are a few interesting facts that may prove helpful for those who are trying to keep themselves informed of the consequences, hardships and other issues that can accompany cocaine use.

  1. cocaine useA global concern – More than two-thirds of all countries in the world are reported to have cocaine use amongst at least some portion of their population. While the US is a common hotspot for cocaine, there is also significant cocaine use reported in Colombia, Mexico and New Zealand.
  2. Combining cocaine use and alcohol – It’s all too common and highly dangerous. The resulting toxic mix of the two substances is cocaethylene; a cocaine user runs a greater risk of sudden death when the drug is combined with alcohol, and concurrent alcohol and cocaine use is the cause of nearly three-quarters of cocaine-related fatalities in the United States alone.
  3. Hospital happenstance – A common reason for drug-related visits to US hospital emergency wards (more than a third) is cocaine overdose. This represents a huge increase from 1978, for example, when cocaine accounted for only 1% of drug-related ER visits, an alarmingly read more…

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cocaine useThe unfortunate reality is that cocaine is one of the most abused drugs in the world. It also means that at some point along the way, either you or someone close to you will be in need of serious help to overcome the devastating effects of cocaine use.

There is a great deal of information available about drug addiction and cocaine use, but here are just a few facts that may still surprise you:

1.  Cocaine Addiction is Highly Psychological

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cocaine addictionThe holiday season can be a double-edged sword for those who fear possible relapse from cocaine addiction. Emotionally, it can be a time of both highs and lows, and this can be problematic for addicts in recovery.

Even though this is supposed to be a time of great cheer and celebration, many will instead feel anger, frustration, loneliness, sorrow, and even elation, and one or any combination of these can potentially lead to drug relapse. The holidays can also be the source of unpleasant memories for many addicts, bringing back the tension of experiences such as a marriage breakup or even being in jail.

For an individual in recovery, that’s when backsliding into bad habits can take its toll.

Stress and Pressure Can Tempt Drug Relapse

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No matter what anyone says, falling into cocaine addiction is not necessarily the end of the world for the cocaine user or the people in his or her life. With the right amount of professional assistance and guidance, determination, will power, and support from friends and loved ones, it is entirely possible to find yourself back on the road to a normal, healthy lifestyle.

Here are some of the solid, even life-saving benefits you can anticipate when you take that first step towards saying ‘no’ to cocaine. Think of them as the “4 Gs”:

cocaine addictionGo back to your old life – There is a big change for the worse in your entire life when you fall into the grip of cocaine addiction, which propels you to be continually on the hunt for your next fix. You tend to neglect the things that you normally do, your societal and familial duties, and overall functioning as a productive person.

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symptoms of cocaineAddiction to cocaine does not happen overnight. It is a gradual buildup, even those little trials or small doses that you think don’t contribute anything in the long term can actually instigate and showcase in you the symptoms of cocaine addiction.

The problem starts when you become “hooked” enough—you think that it’s still easy to turn back, but you trudge on, thinking that quitting is still in sight. If you feel that you are already in that stage, it may be time to ask yourself some of these important questions to see if you are already displaying symptoms of cocaine use that has led to full-fledged addiction.

1.  Do you often use cocaine?

An easy way to gauge if you are already addicted to cocaine is to see how often you actually ingest the drug. As cocaine is highly addictive, sampling it once or twice is still a bad idea, but if your cocaine use has become more ongoing to the point of being chronic, it is a solid sign of true addiction for which skilled help can be sought.

2.  Has your habit interfered with your professional or social life?

One of the symptoms of serious and habitual cocaine use is that it serves as a hindrance to your everyday functioning. There are those who may be using the weekend to indulge in cocaine and read more…

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addiction recoveryAside from the stigma that has long accompanied drug detoxification and addition recovery, there is also the hassle of undergoing confinement in a clinical institution in order to undergo and complete the process towards a drug-free lifestyle.

Good news: If attending a drug rehab facility is not your first choice, there are now programs available that aim to introduce a more flexible new way to get on the road to addiction recovery, while maintaining a normal, ongoing way of life.

Challenges of Safe Detoxification

Whether in a clinical setting or at home, no matter where the scenario plays out, the most significant aspect of detoxification for addiction recovery is the symptoms of withdrawal, as these can create challenges and make it harder to endure the process and maintain it for a long period of time. Some of the withdrawal symptoms that read more…

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