Whenever we fail to prevent any harmful substance from entering into our health systems, we are often faced with the next course of action which is seeking for treatment. This is the longest way of getting lasting solutions and it comes with its own set of complications demands and challenges. One of the reasons why Dr. Dalal Akoury the MD and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center experts is advocating for prevention, is because of the cost element that comes with treatment process. It is important to note that treatment of cocaine addiction rehab and recovery is not cheap and can drain all your life savings. This is because many users of cocaine and other addictive substances are never willing to admit their addiction problem and by the time this is brought to the surface for treatment, a lot of damage has taken place thereby raising the cost of treatment both in terms of time and finances. We the experts at this facility understand the magnitude involved in the administration of treatment to drug addicts. It is not anybody cup of tea. Nonetheless, we have taken the lead role in this challenge to do our very best to offer lasting solution to you and your loved ones. With that we want to encourage you that even as we get into this discussion, you can schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for the commencement of your addiction recovery in the most professional way.
Now to the discussion, cocaine is a highly addictive drug with the ability of producing euphoria, increased energy, strength and sociability, and a sense of control. These are some of the reasons which lure people into its misuse. This substance comes or originates from the Coca plant and has been baptized with several street names including names like coke, gold dust, flake, snow, toot and blow. And since the high of cocaine typically last for an hour or so, many users of this substance often go on cocaine “binges” taking multiple doses in a short period of time. It is no wonder it is common for many cocaine addicts to mix the drug with other substances like heroin, Valium, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. And just like any other drugs, cocaine triggers the reward centers of the brain thereby changing the brain chemistry so that the user struggles to feel good or even normal without the drug. This feelings may even become unbearable with the introduction of other accompaniment drugs which may users prefer like we have seen in the earlier statement says doctor Akoury.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, new research shows that chronic cocaine abuse is clearly related to dysfunction in those parts of the brain involved in higher thought and decision-making. Scientists who performed the study suggest that the resulting cognitive deficits may help explain why those addicted persist in using the drug or return to it after a period of abstinence. From the information we are gathering from such studies, it is becoming very clear that treatment of cocaine addiction rehab and recovery is very important if this problem is to be eliminated completely out of our lives.
There is no doubt that cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant and it continued usage is not healthy to human life. This substance comes in two chemical forms:
Hydrochloride salt cocaine: This is a form of chemical cocaine that comes in powder form and can easily be dissolved in water. This form of cocaine can be taken intravenously by the veins or intranasal in the nose.
Freebase cocaine: Freebase cocaine has not been neutralized to make the hydrochloride salt and this form of cocaine is administered through smoking.
Crack is the street name given to a freebase form of cocaine that has been processed from the powdered cocaine hydrochloride form to a smoke able substance. The term “crack” refers to the crackling sound heard when the mixture is smoked. Crack cocaine is processed with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water, and heated to remove the hydrochloride.
Before it reaches the street, crack is typically “cut” with sugars, local anesthetics or other illicit drugs to reduce its purity. For this reason, it is difficult to know what to expect when using crack cocaine. However it is important to note that cocaine is typically dissolved and it is administered into the body by way of injection or snorted as powder, whereas crack cocaine is most commonly administered through smoking says doctor Akoury. Users report that crack cocaine produces a shorter but more intense high and is cheaper than cocaine.
Cocaine abuse can produce powerful drug cravings. In animal studies, rats work harder to get cocaine than any other drug. Probably we have mentioned this in our previous articles but for better and good treatment, the knowledge of the signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction is very important. These signs and symptoms do vary depending on the method of use and some of which may include the following:
- Rapid heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Persistent runny nose (cocaine drip)
- Weight loss
- Irritability and restlessness
- Teeth grinding
- Cold sweats
- Tremors and muscle jerks
- Nasal and sinus problems (coke nose)
- Bronchitis and chest pain
- Feeling that bugs are crawling under the skin
Doctor Akoury says that in more serious cases, cocaine addiction can progress to cocaine psychosis (similar to paranoid schizophrenia), seizures, stroke, heart attack, coma and death. People addicted to cocaine often experience job loss, divorce, financial hardship, incarceration and other problems before realizing that they need cocaine rehab. It is also important to note that addiction of this substance normally come due to the repeated and regular use of crack which eventually leads to negative effects on the users health. Some of these negative effects can include:
- Cardiovascular effects, such as irregular heart rhythm and heart attacks
- Respiratory effects such as chest pain and respiratory failure
- Neurological effects, such as strokes, seizures, and headaches
- Gastrointestinal complications, such as abdominal pain and nausea
These effects and medical consequences of cocaine can be life threatening, and because of the dangers presented by cocaine use, it is important to find treatment for yourself or a loved one who is battling cocaine addiction and doctor Akoury will be very helpful for you in that journey of treatment.