People from all walks of life experience the pain and suffering from abuse and addiction of cocaine. Many people, who as young adolescent teens try these harmful compounds as a way of fitting in, coping with family or school stressors, or escapism, do not realize the danger. The aftermath of long tem use is usually devastating, leaving behind broken families, lost wages, poor health; and for some of the most unfortunate who do not receive cocaine addiction treatment…death.
Some people would argue that cocaine is a harmless recreational drug while others who have lost loved ones to the drug would define it as the root of evil. The facts support that cocaine use can quickly become an addictive behavior pattern due to the effects it has on the brain and the feelings of euphoria it creates. Past research of cocaine use on primates revealed the hideous nature of these compounds. Primates were subjected to an initial use of cocaine and on following days given the choice between their daily dosage of cocaine or other stimulus including companionship with other primates, food, and water. In these tests the subject chose the daily dose of cocaine over companionship, food, and even water over an extended period of time resulting in near death. Unfortunately for the user, he or she is severing the bond between natural happiness, and the brain with every use. Eventually, continued use of cocaine and other compounds that deplete the levels of dopamine in the human brain, cause a perceived unbreakable barrier to the user who believes that nothing can provide the happiness they once felt except the cocaine.
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To combat the abuse of cocaine and other narcotic substances, past treatments have focused on drug replacement or coping medications, group therapy, and group partners that are commonly referred to as 12 Step programs. While these programs are effective for some they are not for everyone, as many of these members fall back into their habits once their support base has left. Without the correct cocaine addiction treatment many users find themselves on a constant roller coaster of emotions throughout their lives.
New research suggests that comprehensive cocaine addiction treatments may be the answer. These new treatments look at the addiction as a symptom of the problem and not the problem itself. They use new and emerging brain scan technologies along with neuropsychological tests to treat the entire human body, mind and spirit. These tests can find the origin of the emotions that are troubling the cocaine user and through individualized integrated treatments they can reduce those negative emotions so that the patient can understand and move past them. Once the patient is stabilized they are given the tools necessary to help themselves cope with the root of the problem. This leads to the successful sustained recovery from cocaine, and once again they can get back to living and enjoying life.